Busselton, one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, will host the next Strong Australia community forum run by the Business Council of Australia in conjunction with Sky News.

The forum will take place on Thursday 23 August and involve a community lunch from 12-2pm (AWST) and a live TV discussion program broadcast from 6-7pm (AWST) both hosted by award- winning Sky News Political Editor David Speers.

The lunchtime forum will feature Jennifer Westacott, the chief executive of the Business Council of Australia, Joanne Farrell, the managing director Australia of Rio Tinto, Chris Sutherland, the managing director of Programmed, Cr Grant Henley, the mayor of the City of Busselton, and Helen Shervington, the chair of CinefestOz and the chair of Busselton Water.

“We’re in Busselton to have a conversation about how and why business is the lifeblood of our communities, and when business thrives, the community and Australia thrives,” Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

“Businesses – big and small are the mainstay of communities by providing jobs, opportunities, investments, and responding to change.

The objective of the Strong Australia series is to travel outside the city centres of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and talk to Australians about the issues that matter most to them.

“Business employs over 10 million people in Australia – if we want to keep that job creation happening, we need to create the right opportunities for them, especially in our regions.

The Busselton forum, the first in Western Australia, in a series of forums taking place across the country will bring together the expertise of some of the area’s largest employers, business leaders, small business owners and community leaders that help make Australia tick.

The Strong Australia forum is being held at the Youth and Community Activities Building (YCAB). For tickets and further information visit: www.strongaustralia.com.au.


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