PREPARATIONS are making fast progress for the inaugural Western Cape Futures Symposium, to be held in Weipa in March.
Hosted by the Western Cape Chamber of Commerce in partnership with key stakeholders in the region, the symposium will help set the scene for significant change in the landscape of this region.
Invited attendees include government ministers, relevant departmental staff, plus a range of keynote speakers covering subjects directly relevant to the advancement of the Western Cape community.
While the program is still being finalised, confirmed speakers include Dr John Coyne, the head of the Northern Australia Strategic Policy Centre, Cook Shire mayor Peter Scott and James Palmer from Space Centre Australia.
“The symposium is going to shine a spotlight on our region and get a lot of influential people in the same room to discuss the future of the Western Cape,” said Weipa Town Authority member Jaime Gane, who is helping to put together the event.
“Development of an exciting and comprehensive program is currently being finalised and will feature sessions on important topics, including business development, innovation and technology, indigenous opportunities, tourism, land use, strategic planning, supply chains and transport.
“Confirmed presentations already include updates on the Talisman Sabre defence exercise planned for mid-year and a representative will be here from Australia Zoo.”
Ms Gane said the symposium offered a unique opportunity for interested community members to access business and government expertise through presentations and face-to-face networking.
“This is the first time in the region’s history that such a forward-looking initiative has been offered,” she said.
“A range of sponsorship arrangements are available, some including the opportunity to have a stall at the symposium venue for promotion and engagement.”
Tickets will be required to attend the event, to be held from March 23 to 24.