Dried out? The future of inland cities

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In times of social, economic and environmental change what does the future hold for Australia’s inland cities?

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Thursday 04 April 2019 05:45 pm until Thursday 04 April 2019 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Tania Sheward / Bec Crossling (Mildura)
Presented by:
Jack Marx
Type of Event:
Public Lecture
$15 General / $10 Students, Alumni & Staff

As inland residents, businesses and community leaders grapple with the challenges of climate change, city-centric policy making and political short term-ism, what must be done in order to ensure communities remain strong and resilient? Join us at La Trobe University’s Mildura campus for a Bold Thinking Series event that will unpack the challenges facing inland cities and debate some of the solutions.

Join our expert panel of farm innovator and VFF representative Emma Germano; University planning expert Julie Rudner; agriculture policy expert, turned consumer watchdog Mick Keogh; and Mildura business leader and community advocate Ross Lake. They’ll be joined by journalist and author Jack Marx for a wide-ranging discussion on food, water and sustainable communities.

This event will be held on the opening night of the Layers of Settlement symposium.  All attendees of the Layers of Settlement symposium will gain free access, contact Dr Kerry Nixon on k.nixon@latrobe.edu.au for details of your ticket.

This event will be followed by canapes and drinks.

About the speakers

Emma Germano is the Managing Director of her family mixed farming operation, I Love Farms, the Vice President of the Victorian Farmers Federation and President of the VFF Horticulture Group and Industrial Association. I Love Farms has a firm focus on sustainability and strives to connect consumers with Australian famers to increase community understanding of food and fibre production. Emma also sits on the Vegetable Industry Market and Value Chain Strategic Investment Advisory Panel and was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2014, her research examined global export opportunities for Australian primary producers. Emma has been recognised as an emerging agricultural leader passionate about Australian farming and has appeared as a panel member on ABC’s Q and A. In November 2016 Emma launched her new business, a mobile app called ‘hellofarmer’ that assists farmers to recruit and induct farm labour, encouraging farm employment best practice.

Mick Keogh OAM is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission. He has a long and diverse history of involvement with the agriculture sector, which has included periods of employment as a farm manager, a university researcher, an agribusiness consultant and an agriculture policy advisor. In 2003 Mick was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, an independent policy research institute that conducts research into strategic policy issues of importance to Australian agriculture. Mick continued in that role until his appointment as a Deputy Chair of the ACCC in June 2018. During his time as Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, Mick was also appointed Chairperson of the Australian Government panel which reviewed drought support measures, and Chairman of the Australian Government’s National Rural Advisory Council from 2012 to 2015. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Wool & Pastoral Sciences, both obtained at the University of New South Wales. He remains involved in family farming interests in southern NSW.

Ross Lake OAM is Mildura based business operator, wine grower, community activist and arts dabbler with a long-standing interest in Murray River water management and water politics. Ross trained as a lawyer, an economist and a teacher, and is now the Managing Director of Tasco Petroleum, a large fuel distribution and retail company. Ross has held many roles in the local community, including chairperson, board member and supporter of Arts Mildura, SunRISE21, the Sunraysia Initiative for a Sustainable Economy and Mallee Family Care. He is currently the Independent Chair for the Northern Mallee Integrated Water Management, a collaboration of peak bodies involved in the water cycle in the local region. Ross has been a driver in developing ambitious and far-reaching cultural programs in his region, many of which connect directly to underlying economic and environmental agendas.

Julie Rudner is a planning lecturer at La Trobe University and has previously worked at the Albury City Council as a strategic planner. Julie’s teaching and research explores interactions between policy, place and people, with a particular focus on how children, young people and people from different ethno-cultural and religious backgrounds use, view and experience their environments. Her main interest is how we create an understanding of risk, safety and belonging that encourages or limits people's freedom to use public space confidently. She supports active citizenship through community participation in planning.


Brian Grogan Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University Mildura Campus, 471 Benetook Ave, Mildura VIC 3500 (Entrance opposite the Shell service station)



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