G21 forum goes online
REGIONAL leaders will take their annual forum and discussions on sustainable growth online next month, as G21 responds to the evolving COVID situation.
G21’s annual stakeholder forum will change again this year to a virtual, video-streamed, free event on the same date, Friday August 6, from 9.30am to 12 noon.
The same stellar line-up of speakers will be taking part in a thought-provoking discussion on how the region can manage its fast-growing population while remaining one of Australia’s most liveable regions.
G21 chief executive officer Giulia Baggio said while it was disappointing the forum would not go ahead face-to-face as planned, the virtual forum would be just as compelling and entertaining in a shorter format, hosted by former ABC broadcaster Jon Faine.
“Last year’s forum was also virtual due to COVID and proved a great success,” Ms Baggio said.
“I’m confident this year’s forum will be just as thought provoking.”
“Some of Australia’s most interesting speakers will be sharing their insights on the region’s social and economic future.
“Highly respected author and journalist George Megalogenis and urban research expert Distinguished Professor Billie Giles-Corti will present their insights on G21’s opportunity to become Australia’s most liveable region.
She said the panel of experts would include Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Corrina Eccles, sustainable architect Jeremy McLeod, economist Angela Jackson and urban planner Nat Anson.
“They’ll be discussing the importance of creating connected, equitable, sustainable communities and the need to put people at the centre of our thinking,” Ms Baggio said.
The forum will also be live on 94.7 The Pulse with broadcast host Mitchell Dye.
Guests who have already registered and paid to attend the face-to-face forum planned for Torquay will receive a full refund via Eventbrite.