Sugar and Spice!

The Back Story

One thing I do like is a good planning conference. Just ask anyone who knows me. I get to go somewhere different, see a lot of old and newer friends in our profession, meet new people, learn new things, be exposed to new ideas, stay up late and make a lot of noise. What’s not to like!

Last year, I was asked to MC our Qld Planning Conference organised by the Qld Division of the Planning Institute of Australia, something I was both honoured and very pleased to do. As a former PIA president (many moons ago) and a long serving active member of PIA, it was a great thrill, and it also fits with where I am in my career, where leadership, mentoring and advocacy roles are another way to contribute to our profession and through it, help make the world a better place!

That conference was in Cairns, with a really engaged organising committe under the wonderful stewardship of Alison Stevens. The theme was Re-invigorate: My Self, My Place, Our Future. I think the theme suited me, because it was a hoot. I had the best time MCing and by all accounts, including the structured feedback process, it was a great success and people really did leave feeling reinvigorated.

And so to sugar and spice

I must have gone alright last year, because the organisers of this year’s conference in Mackay have asked me to MC again, which I feel just as honoured and pleased to do.

The theme the energetic organising committee has chosen is “Sugar and Spice: Diversity in our regions” covering cane, coal, coast, & communities. Neat, eh!

And the best part is that they are currently calling for papers. See the website at www.planning.org.au/qldcontent/2013-state-conference. So you planners or anyone with an interest or something to say about our regions in Queensland, here’s your chance. And you can be assured of a friendly helping hand from the MC.

So what are you waiting for? Give it a go, I say. Why, didn’t that Toowoomba lad Wayne Bennett write a book called “Don’t Die with the Music in You”?

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