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Global Foundation to gather in Bega Valley

3 August, 2020

Bega Valley Shire Council is partnering with The Global Foundation to provide a unique, regional roundtable discussion on Monday 10 August, blending local, national and global participation.

The Bega Valley Roundtable will be the next in a series of ongoing roundtable discussions about Australia’s national strategy and policies for the future, in a global context.

This event is convened by the non-profit citizens’ organisation, The Global Foundation and follows on from earlier roundtable discussions convened by the Foundation in Melbourne and Sydney.

Topics to be canvassed at the 10 August Zoom video conference include:

  • lessons about resilience and recovery
  • opportunities for sustainable economic growth, linking local, national and global
  • culture and knowing who we are
  • a green recovery is a universal opportunity and a necessity
  • where to from here?

Key speakers ‘Zooming’ in on the day include:

  • Governor-General of Australia, The Hon David Hurley AC
  • Mayor of the Bega Valley Shire, Cr Sharon Tapscott
  • Chairman of the Global Foundation, Ms Louise Watson
  • Chairman of BizRebuild, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC
  • Member for Eden-Monaro, Ms Kristy McBain
  • New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads, Member for Bega, Mr Andrew Constance
  • Convenor of the Coalition of the Peaks, Ms Pat Turner AM
  • Head of Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance for French asset giant Amundi, Mr Tegwen Le Berthe
  • Bega Cheese Executive Chairman, Mr Barry Irvin
  • CEO of the Tourism and Transport Forum, Ms Margie Osmond
  • International Director & Global Head of Business, King & Wood Mallesons, Mr Murray Prior
  • Executive Chairman of GHD, multinational technical professional services firm, Mr Rob Knott
  • Partner, Bain & Co; Member of the Global Foundation, Mr Marc Eames
  • Monaro-Ngarigo Walbunja Elder, Iris White
  • Chairperson of Biamanga National Park Board of Management, Bunja Smith
  • Yuin artist, Lynne Thomas
  • Candelo’s The New Graces performing songs from their hit album.

As well as a host of Bega Valley voices, the whole community is invited to take part and contribute to the discussion via a live stream to Bega Valley Shire Council’s Facebook page.

“We find ourselves at a point in time that invites reflection on where we have come from and what we want for our future,” said Council’s General Manager, Leanne Barnes.

“The roundtable will connect us with a broader, deeper pool of thinkers and ideas that will help inspire the discussions that are already underway locally.”

The Global Foundation brings together cross-sections of people of goodwill, who have demonstrated leadership in their respective roles in society so that they can freely exchange ideas and build collaboration.

It is the ambition of The Global Foundation that the Bega Valley Roundtable will serve two purposes:

  1. to bring to bear the talents of figures of national and global influence to understand, support and, where possible, enable Bega Valley to fulfil its future potential
  1. to ensure the experience of trauma, resilience and recovery in the Bega Valley is able to influence wider thinking about a forward national strategy for Australia, in a global context.

The outcomes of the discussions will feed into the overall Australian national strategy project of the Global Foundation, bringing to bear a regional perspective based around Bega Valley.

“Out of this, those involved or taking part via the live stream may choose to pursue initiatives and collaborations emerging from the roundtable discussions and take action locally that builds our prosperity,” Ms Barnes said.

Considering COVIDSafe guidelines, the Bega Valley Roundtable will progress as a Zoom video conference between 2pm and 5:30pm on Monday 10 August. The community can join the discussion via the live stream to Council’s Facebook page.

Photo:  The Governor General of Australia, The Hon. David Hurley AC will address the Bega Valley Roundtable on 10 August via Zoom.

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