Food for Thought Leaders Luncheon
Economic Diversification


Tuesday, 29 November 2016
12:00 - Registration Opens
12:30 - Event Start
14:30 - Event Concludes


Herbert Smith Freehills

Level 36, QV1 Building
250 St Georges Terrace, Pert


This event is complementary as part of your organisation's membership of the Committee for Perth

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The Committee for Perth invites key representatives from the membership to join us for the final Food for Thought Leaders Luncheon for the year to be held on Tuesday, 29 November.

Immediately following the Annual General Meeting, this luncheon will feature a keynote address by Prof. Matthew Tonts, Head of School, Earth & Environment and Prof. Paul Plummer, Co-Director/Professor Centre for Regional Development from The University of Western Australia.

Event Overview

There has been much discussion about the resilience of the Western Australian economy over the past couple of years.  The downturn in the resources sector has resulted in an increasing focus on understanding what makes economies resilient, and in particular on the role of economic diversification.
As part of this luncheon discussion, the presenters will offer a perspective on the performance of Western Australia’s regional economies including Perth and the ways in which these respond to economic and policy ‘shocks’. Central to this is understanding the role of economic diversity, competitiveness and public policy.
Rather than look simply at the resource boom and years immediately following, the discussion focuses on the State’s longer run trajectory since the early 1980’s.

At this luncheon the Committee will also officially launch the next major project for 2017-18 – Bigger & Beyond the Boom. 

We hope that you can join us for what will be an interesting final Food for Thought Leaders Luncheon

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Prof. Matthew Tonts

Matthew Tonts is Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at The University of Western Australia.  Much of his research has focused on issues related to regional development and the changing economic, social and demographic structure of Perth and other Western Australian regions.

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Prof. Paul Plummer

Paul Plummer is Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at UWA.  He arrived in Western Australia from the University of Calgary in 2013, and has since been undertaking work on competitive and resilience across Western Australia’s regional economies.  He is co-Director of the University’s Centre for Regional Development.