Rockhampton Regional Outlook Conference

​​​​​​​​29 July 2015
Rockhampton Conference Centre
Corner of Yeppoon Road and Bruce Highway, Rockhampton


8.30 am Registration

The business of agriculture – producing for profit

Chair Amy McCosker, ABC Rural

9.00 am Welcome to Country

Opening address
Michelle Landry MP
Federal Member for Capricornia

9.30 am Jammie Penm, ABARES National and international issues affecting the region
9.50 am Anne Stünzner, Regional Development Australia Fitzroy and Central West Growing central Queensland’s agricultural competitiveness

10.10 am Questions and discussion
10.30 am Morning tea

Generating business innovation and productivity

CHAIR Paul Walmsley, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries QLD

11.00 AM Caroline Gunning-Trant, ABARES Commodity outlook for Queensland
11.20 AM Jeffery Schrale, ANZ Being investor ready...
11.40 AM Richard Wardle, Bureau of Meteorology  Decisions in a variable climate ​ lessons from the past
12.00 PM Mark Barber, Laguna Bay Reading between the lines – raising capital for farming
12.20 PM Questions and discussion
12.50 PM Lunch

Thriving in a changing business environment

Chair Paul Birch, Fitzroy Basin Association

2.00 PM Kara Knudsen, Knudsen Cattle and Nuffield Australia Low cost superior beef genetics
2.20 PM Rebecca Michael, Queensland Transport and Logistics Council Driving supply chain productivity
2.40 PM Joe Muscat, Oakenden and Nuffield AustraliaCan fibre crops add value to the Australian sugar industry?
3.00 PM Ian MacGibbon, Ametdale, St Lawrence Adapting to a changing climate
3.20 PM Questions and discussion
3.40 PM Close and afternoon tea

Registration is complimentary for all delegates, however pre-event registration is essential

Registration includes:

  • conference entry
  • access to ABARES recent publications
  • morning and afternoon tea and lunch
  • delegate directory
  • profile data – about my region
  • networking opportunities. ​