Mayors and CEOs Conference Empowering local communities

September 28, 2018


RISE Ventures empowering local communities: Mayors and CEOs to have open dialogue.

RISE Ventures will host a conference on 4-5 October to drive better social and economic outcomes to communities in remote Australia.

This first ever event will be officially opened by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, and will be attended by Mayors and CEOs of regional and remote councils and senior staff from Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The purpose of the conference is to address the economic imbalance and hardship experienced in these communities as a result of lack of economic growth.

Attendees will come from the following communities: Northern Territory (Kalano/Ardjumarllarl), Alice Springs (Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra) and Queensland (Kowanyama/ Mornington Island/Pormpuraaw).

Chairman of RISE Ventures, Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO, will share his findings from a recent review into remote regions regarding the potential for creating micro-businesses and the opportunity to create an environment for business development in remote Australia to build more viable, stronger and resilient communities.

Mayor of Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Michael Yam, said: “We look forward to attending the event to discuss future possibilities for developing our local economy in order to provide real opportunities for our people and future generations.”

The two day conference marks the beginning of improved collaboration within remote communities to support Indigenous Australians towards greater economic empowerment and opportunity.

Mr Mundine said: “As we have discussed during recent visits to communities there is an urgent need in remote Australia to identify potential areas for investment and opportunities which will create employment and business enterprise.

“I believe there are a significant amount of microbusiness opportunities in each of the regions.”