ABARES Regional Outlook conference is coming to the south west region

​​ 27 July 2016

Investing in rural industries, innovation in broadacre agriculture and intensive agriculture in the south west are the key issues on the agenda when Bunbury hosts the ABARES Regional Outlook conference on 17 August.

ABARES Executive Director Karen Schneider said the one-day conference was a must for those working in agricultural industries in the south west region and beyond.

“The conference is an opportunity for stakeholders in the agriculture sector to meet and discuss the latest economic trends, hear commodity updates and understand opportunities for the sector,” Ms Schneider said.

“With new, locally relevant commodity and economic data and analysis, the Bunbury Regional Outlook conference will help inform delegates with essential business planning and forecasting information.”

The conference’s opening address will be made by Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino MP, heading a line-up of keynote speakers from ABARES as well as industry leaders and local producers from the region.

The conference will focus on topics that include national and international issues affecting the state, free trade agreements, climate forecasting, innovation in integrated cropping and livestock systems, marketing noodle wheat, dairy research, creating value out of wasted horticultural products, producing quality vegetables and successfully growing truffles.

“It is a great way for delegates to build on their industry knowledge and network with colleagues from businesses across the region,” Ms Schneider said.

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Peter Gooday and Peter Collins, ABARES
  • Jane Caforio, Austrade
  • Mike Bergin, Bureau of Meteorology
  • Robert Egerton-Warburton, Everlastings / Nuffield
  • Tress Walmsley, InterGrain
  • Victor Rodwell, Western Dairy
  • Jennie Franceschi, Avocado Export Company / Fresh Produce
  • Pennie Patane, Patane Produce
  • Anne Mitchell, Manjimup Underground.

There is no registration fee to attend, however pre-conference registration is essential. For program information and to register online go to Bunbury Regional Outlook conference registration page.



Conference details

Date: 17 August 2016
Venue: Hotel Lord Forrest, 20 Symmons Street, Bunbury, WA
Time: Registration from 8.30 am, conference 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Registration is complimentary but pre-event enrolment is required. Download the program and register online at Bunbury Regional Outlook conference.
Registration includes: conference entry, access to ABARES recent publications, morning and afternoon tea and lunch, delegate directory, About My Region profile and data.
Contact: Conferences or call 02 6272 2303.
Media: Please contact the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Media team or call 02 6272 3232 to arrange interviews.

ABARES Regional Outlook conferences are held in each state and the Northern Territory. They follow the national Outlook 2016 conference held in Canberra in March, with its theme of Investing in agriculture – growing our future. For more information on the national Outlook conference, visit Outlo​ok 2016.​
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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