Program 2017

Broadband for the Bush Forum
22-23 June 2017
Rydges Esplanade Hotel

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Presentations with facilitated discussion organised by themes. We have provided a sample speaker profiles and full session descriptions under the following themes.  More descriptions for speakers are included in the program below.

Featured speakers

Nickeema Williams – the Alliance congratulates Nickeema on being named as one of the First Round Advance Queensland Community Champions. It’s a recogntion of strong contribution to community work and personal capacity. We are delighted she is presenting at the Indigneous Focus Day and Main Forum.

Geoff Trowbridge,  Scientific Aerospace. Getting us up to date with use of drones in rural projects,  and the demands of such advances on network decision-making.

Program  – Remote, Connected and Savvy!

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Thursday June 22 2017

Times Activities  Speaker
7.30 am Registration at the Coffee Cart Brad Howarth, Program Chair
8.30 – 8.45 Welcome to Country Dr Noel Nannup, Noongar Elder, Heritage Consultant
8.45 – 9.25 Opening Addresses Apolline Kohen, Chair B4BA
Member of parliament, TBA
9.25 – 10.05 Main Keynote Dr Hugh Bradlow,  Chief Scientist, Telstra
10.05 – 10.35  Keynote TBA
10.35 – 11.00 Morning Tea
11.00 – 11.30  Indigenous Focus Day Address Christine Ross
11.30 – 12.00 Telehealth Keynote Tim Kelsey, Austn Digital Health Agency
12.00 – 12.45 NBN Update Gavin Williams  CEO NBN Co
12.45 – 12.55 Sponsor Perspective  Ruth Elvin, Desert Knowledge Australia
12.55 – 1.45 Lunch
1.45-2.45 Session Slots and Workshops  Anja Tait, Leila Iten, Mae Connelley

Joanne Pellew, Leigh Harris, Nigel Metz

Jim Wyatt, Simon Cook, Peter Carter

Telehealth Workshop

2.45-3.15 Afternoon Tea
3.15 – 4.15 Session Slots and Workshops Brad Kelly, Silvano Gordio, Angela Voeman

Tony Bundrock and Scott Gagley, Daniel Saccero, John Geijsman

Andrew Findlay, Graham Cover, Andrew Crouch, Matt James

Digital Education Workshop

4.15 – 5.00 Daily Summary

Report Announcement


Rob Starling Remote Area Safety Update. CRANA Guidelines

5.00 – 7.00 Forum Social


Friday June 22 2017

Times Activities  Speaker
8.00 am Registration at the Coffee Cart
8.30 – 8.45 Welcome to Day 2 Brad Howarth
8.45 – 9.05 Keynote Stephen Jones, Shadow Federal Minister for Regional Communications
9.05 – 9.40 Day 2 Keynote Mark Harvey-Sutton. A lesson in cooperation. RRRC for today and the future. Manager, Rural Affairs, National Farmers Federation
9.40 – 10.00 ACCAN Address  Teresa Corbin, ACCAN CEO
10.00 – 10.30 Sponsor Perspective Mia Garlick, Facebook
10.30 – 11.00  Morning Tea
11.00 – 12.00 Session Slots, Panels and Workshops David Spriggs, Julian Thomas, Cecily Michaels, Apolline Kohen

Amber Marshall, Sue Sameulson, Aurelie Girard and Valda Shannon, Johanna Funk

Emergency Services Panel

System Managers Workshop


12.00 – 12.30 World Cafe  Informal but structured activities and displays
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.30 Session Slots and Workshops Nickeema Williams, Julie Gibson, Alistair Campbell, Andrew Merredith

RRRC Meeting

Remote Training Access and Delivery Focus

Practical Workshop With your Phone – app building

2.30 – 3.30 Forum Wrapup Brad Howarth
3.30 – 3.45
Forum App InyerPocket Software
3.45 – 4.00 Closing Remarks. Promotion for 2018  Brad Howarth, Apolline Kohen