Bush Summit Rolls into Rockhampton

Published on 17 August 2023

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Rockhampton Regional Council will welcome News Corp Australia’s national Bush Summit on Friday August 18.

The 2023 Bush Summit will bring together the nation’s most powerful decision makers and thought leaders to discuss the biggest issues facing regional industry, agriculture, business and community leaders and propose practical solutions to ensure and develop ongoing prosperity in regional Australia.

Key themes to be discussed this year include liveability in the regions and community resilience, sustainability and water management, funding and supply of critical infrastructure, energy transition, international trade, technology, connectivity and business innovation.

Rockhampton’s event forms part of the Bush Summit series which has expanded this year to six regional locations in Australia, including Tamworth, Perth, Port Lincoln, Hobart and Wodonga.

Speakers at the Rockhampton event include Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Leader of the Opposition of Queensland, David Crisafulli MP, Tech Council of Australia Executive Director, Kate Jones and Hancock Prospecting Executive Chair, Gina Rinehart.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams is looking forward to the event which will be the country’s largest conversation about the issues confronting regional and rural Australians.

“I’m delighted that Rockhampton will be front and centre as part of News Corp’s national Bush Summit,” Mayor Tony Williams said.

“Rockhampton Regional Council through Advance Rockhampton is proud to be sponsoring this event, and I look forward to hearing from our nation’s leaders.”

“Through the Rockhampton Region Economic Development Strategy, we have a plan to realise future growth opportunities in our local region and we look forward to continuing to work with relevant industries and government to continuing on our successful trajectory.”

News Corp Australia’s Managing Director QLD and News Regional Media Jason Scott said, “Queensland is Australia's most decentralised state. In other words, more Queenslanders live in regional communities than metropolitan areas. Listening to and standing up for regional Queenslanders is so important for a masthead like The Courier-Mail.”

"Our expanded Bush Summit aims to draw national attention to the issues facing regional and rural Queensland, and to encourage discussion and debate on the opportunities for the future.”

“We are committed to both reporting and campaigning on behalf of the people who live outside capital cities to draw attention to the issues that matter most to them.”

The Rockhampton Bush Summit will take place on Friday August 18 at the Great Western Hotel.

Event agenda and speakers can be found here.

All of the Bush Summit events will be available to watch via the following platforms:

• Live streamed on bushsummit.com.au and SkyNews.com.au

• Broadcast live on regional free-to-air channel Sky News Regional

• Coverage and highlights will feature on Sky News on Foxtel

• A one-hour Bush Summit special will be broadcast on Sunday August 20 at 5.00pm AEST on Sky News on Foxtel (channel 103 and 600)