News Corp Australia’s national Bush Summit kicks off in Tamworth on August 11. The summit is the country’s largest conversation about the issues confronting regional and rural Australians.
The event, which will run over six days across the country, will feature the prime minister, state premiers, senior politicians and more than 15 CEOs of major companies, along with regional and local industry, business and community leaders.
The Summit’s primary objective, since The Daily Telegraph launched it in New South Wales in 2019, has been to achieve better outcomes, improve services and identify new opportunities for rural communities to present to federal and state governments.
The Summit focuses on the agendas and policies needed to improve the lives of everyday Australians in regional and rural areas and has led to multiple real benefits.
Michael Miller, executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, said: “As a national event, the Bush Summit will benefit many communities across Australia by highlighting the support required to ensure regional areas continue to flourish. Our nation’s success owes much to its regional resources and residents, and it’s time for an ongoing national conversation.”
Miller said significant initiatives arising from previous Summits had included the establishment of the Regional Youth Taskforce for Mental Health and $1.3 billion invested into the Regional Growth Fund for communities.
“These are just two examples among many,” Miller said.
Miller said the Summit reflected the company’s commitment to facilitating debate and discussion.
“We’ve seen the Summit go from strength to strength. It has inspired action and discovered solutions for problems that are often unique to regional areas.”
Key themes to be discussed this year include liveability in the regions and community resilience, sustainability and water management, funding and supply of critical infrastructure, energy transition, international trade, technology, connectivity and business innovation.
Speakers at the events include Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Federal Opposition Peter Dutton, Premier of New South Wales Chris Minns, Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of South Australia Peter Malinauskas, Deputy Premier of Victoria Jacinta Allan, Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King, Senator Anne Ruston, Senator Bridget McKenzie, Senator Matt Canavan and Member for Indi Dr Helen Haines. Along with Hancock Prospecting Executive Chair Gina Rinehart, Woolworths Chief Executive Officer Brad Banducci, Australian Energy Council Chief Executive Sarah McNamara, Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist, Australian Cricketer Josh Hazlewood and Basketball Australia’s Head of Women in Basketball Lauren Jackson.
The National Presenting Partners of the Bush Summit are Hancock Agriculture and Hancock Prospecting.
Dates and locations for the 2023 National Bush Summit:
• August 11: Tamworth (NSW) hosted by The Daily Telegraph
• August 14: Perth (WA) hosted by The Australian
• August 15: Port Lincoln (SA) hosted by The Advertiser
• August 16: Hobart (TAS) hosted by The Mercury
• August 17: Wodonga (VIC) hosted by the Herald Sun
• August 18: Rockhampton (QLD) hosted by The Courier-Mail
The in-person events will be accompanied by comprehensive editorial coverage across The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Courier-Mail, The Advertiser, The Mercury, The Australian, The Weekly Times and AgJournal in print and digital.
A national 16-page Bush Summit lift-out will be published in the company’s state-based mastheads tomorrow, August 11, featuring a snapshot of each of the regions hosting an event and highlights of the program.
All of the Bush Summit events will be available to watch via the following platforms:
• Live streamed here or bushsummit.com.au and SkyNews.com.au
• Broadcast live on regional free-to-air channel Sky News Regional
• Coverage and highlights will feature on Sky News on Foxtel
• A one-hour Bush Summit special will be broadcast on Sunday August 20 at 5.00pm AEST on Sky News on Foxtel (channel 103 and 600)