The day’s MC was Leisa Goddard (Founder & Managing Director, Adoni Media; and Media Commentator, Australian News Channel (Sky News)).
Ms Goddard did a wonderful job ensuring the event ran smoothly and to schedule. The Chair and the Board of Regional Development Australia Logan and Redlands, speakers from the day and delegates at the Summit are highly appreciative of Ms Goddard’s skill as the event MC.
Her role as MC was a substantial contributor to the Summit’s success.
Elder Bernice Fisher from Minjerribah-Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council Aboriginal Corporation provided the Welcome to Country.
A Welcome to Country is a fundamental part of Australia’s First Nations cultural traditions and reflected the Goenpul, Ngugi and Nunukul First Nations Elders as the Traditional Owners of the Quandamooka Region.
Summit attendees acknowledged the Quandamooka People as the Traditional Custodians of the lands, waters and seas where the Summit was held and paid their respects to Elders, past, present and future.
In setting the scene for the day, the Hon Gary Hardgrave, Chair, Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands welcomed attendees.
Mr Hardgrave outlined the Summit’s agenda and aims based around 3 themes of:
- Theme 1 - Identifying and addressing regional infrastructure gaps
This theme aims to provide information on the need for and impacts of investment within the region.
- Theme 2 Opportunities for regional investment
This theme aims to provide information on the increasing demands being placed on the region and to utilise the information from Theme 1 to focus on what needs to be done to realise the full potential of the region particularly through the SEQ Olympic and Paralympic Games, the SEQ City Deal, Inland Rail, the SEQ Infrastructure Plan 2022 and linking the Infrastructure Australia Gaps Reports.
- Theme 3 : What are investors looking for?
This theme aims to provide information on the issues raised in Themes 1 and 2 to surface what the characteristics are that would attract investment including addressing ROI.
The Summit Key Note address was delivered by the Treasurer of Australia and Member for Rankin, the Hon Dr Jim Chalmers MP.
The RDA Board on behalf of all Summit participants extends its deepest gratitude to Dr Chalmers for providing an engaging opening address which resonated with all present through emphasising:
- the importance of growth corridors and the recognition of the Olympics and Paralympics as key drivers; and
- the strengthening of our regions and their economies will ensure a positive outlook for our national economy.