ABARES Regional Outlook conference comes to Townsville

12 July 2016

Investing in rural industries, growing the northern beef industry and unlocking the production potential of the north are the key issues on the agenda when Townsville hosts the ABARES Regional Outlook conference on 27 July.

The conference will feature speakers from ABARES as well as industry leaders and local producers from North Queensland, covering topics such as the national and international issues affecting Queensland, free trade agreements, climate and weather trends, horticulture, irrigated agriculture and agricultural diversification in the north.

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

“The conference is an important 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 Townsville Regional Outlook conference will help inform delegates with business planning and forecasting.

“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:

  • Lisa Elliston and Trish Gleeson, ABARES
  • Michael Growder, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Jeff Sabburg, Bureau of Meteorology
  • Michael Lyons, Wambiana Station
  • Emma Robinson, Caerphilly Station
  • Michael Kitchener, Office of Northern Australia
  • Peter Stone, CSIRO
  • Russell Ford, Rice Research Australia
  • Trent De Paoli, Austchilli.

There is no registration fee to attend, however, pre-conference registration is essential. For program information and to register online go to agriculture.eventsair.com/townsville-roc2016/registratio​n/Site/Register.


Conference details

Date: 27 July 2016
Venue: Metropole Hotel Townsville, 81 Palmer Street, Townsville, QLD
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 the ABARES Events page.
Registration includes: conference entry, access to ABARES recent publications, morning and afternoon tea and lunch, delegate directory, About My Region profile and data.
Contact: Conferencesor call 02 6272 2303.
Media: Please contact the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Media teamor call 02 6272 3232 to arrange interviews.

The seven annual 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 Outlook 2016.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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