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Regional Renewal Expert to Speak at Rabobank Rotary FNQ Walkamin Field Days.

Mar 10, 2011

Celebrity guest-speaker and Southern Cross University research manager ROSE WRIGHT is among the experts scheduled to appear at the Rabobank Rotary FNQ Field Days taking place at Walkamin on Wednesday and Thursday, May 25 & 26.Rose Wright’s impressive credentials include expertise and experience in regional economic development, food and agriculture promotion and eco-tourism. Rose is a passionate and highly effective advocate for the advancement of regional, rural and remote areas.

Rotary Clubs’ Field Days committee chairperson IDA PORTELLA notes that the event is “honoured to have Rose as key-note speaker, and her advocacy of environmentally-responsible regional development will be reflected in the overall theme of invited guest speakers at the Field Days”.

Rose Wright is the Manager of Research Extension Unit of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University. This role involves working closely with academic staff to ensure critical knowledge gained through research is translated into programs and communications that will benefit industry, community and Government throughout Australia.

Current work spans regional agritourism, food, wine & nature based tourism development and most recently has been working with a number of regions throughout eastern Australia, and in particular Tropical North Queensland, on the development of a local food system and local food supply chains and creating a strategic framework that looks at both supply and demand factors that will provide distribution alternatives and potentially better viability for local producers through a local food network.

Rose is an impressive communicator and facilitator with a unique ability to lead discussion, listen and clearly identify relevant issues. Rose’s experience at every level across agriculture, tourism, community and economic development, particularly in regional areas, ensures that she has the skill to enable groups to comprehend each of the ideas she advances – and to take ‘on board’ her recommendations for the development of their regions and/or industries.


A lively program of on-stage entertainment is also planned, including a satirical romp presented by members of the Mareeba Theatre Group titled ‘Farmers at Work’.

Explains Ida: “We’ve chosen to add some really good light entertainment to the Field Days line-up – some great songs and a lot of laughter will be highlights of the event”.


Another major highlight – the Lucky Draw of the mammoth $33,000 Prize Pool that includes a brand new Mazda BT50 dropside utility, an LCD 3D wide-screen, high-definition, digital TV set with Games Console and numerous Games – and a holiday for two on Hamilton Island.

These prizes have been supplied by event sponsors Mareeba Mazda, Reedmans Sheet Metal, Barletta’s Betta Electrical & Homeware of Atherton – and Travel Experience of Mareeba & Atherton.

All major prizes will be won by three lucky patrons when the ‘draw’ takes place at 4.15 pm on the event’s second day, Thursday May 26.

Tickets in the Art Union (Permit Number 129265) are only $5 – which also covers admission to the Field Days – on BOTH days if patrons wish to attend twice. As many do – as it takes more than just one day to ‘see it all’.

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