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Imagine what our community could look like in 30 years’ time.

As part of our Community Strategic Plan THINK 2050 engagement program, we bring you two inspiring evenings to get you thinking and talking big ideas for the future of our region. 

Get set for our FUTUREthink online symposium – an inspiring event, live streamed from the Glasshouse through Council's Facebook page and YouTube channel.  

On Tuesday 29 September, listen to how cities, towns and regions are all fundamentally in transition. Come on a journey, shifting today’s narrative away from past problems and today’s challenges and moving towards what’s possible tomorrow and in 2050. 

FUTUREthink will be an inclusive and collaborative event over two evenings with inspiring speakers to transform the way you think about the future. 

On Thursday 1 October, we make our community centre stage with a panel of local residents to discuss their vision of the future. 

  • Hear from progressive local speakers  

  • A lively panel discussion about our local Big Ideas 

  • Learn about the importance of the Community Strategic Plan 

  • FACEBOOK LIVE - join from the comfort of your home  

FUTUREThink - Part 1: The Big Picture 

Join Melissa Neighbour from FutureCrunch and Joshua Karras from United Nations Association Australia for an informative session looking at new technologies, new ideas and new examples of how people live together. 

Tuesday 29 September from 7pm - 8pm

FUTUREThink - Part 2: Our Big Ideas

Community panel discussion 
Thursday 1 October from 7pm – 8pm 

Come with us on a journey to re-imagine the way in which we live, work and play in our places in the 21st Century.

Tune in to watch live on Facebook at facebook.com/pmhc2444 or YouTube at youtube.com.pmhcouncil 

Don’t miss out on these innovative and thought-provoking sessions!

FUTUREThink: The Big Picture 

Join us for a 1 hour engaging presentation with keynote speakers Melissa Neighbour from Future Crunch and Joshua Karass from the United Nations Association of Australia.

As our keynote speaker, Melissa will deliver a presentation to generate optimism and shift perceptions to create a new and better way of doing things in the future. Melissa will inspire the audience with a vision of our ‘Future Communities’ and how they are evolving to become more diverse, more sustainable, greener, connected spaces. Fundamentally, every community is transforming, including our own – so how can we be an active and positive part of that transformation?

Are we giving the next generation a fair go? For Joshua that’s what the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals are all about. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Joshua will share how the SDG are being applied across Australia and ways that we can work towards incorporating the goals into our own community.

The pair will then journey into a thought-provoking chat live from our Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Facebook Page, where you can comment and ask questions and they will answer them live.

Join us for an exciting, forward-thinking discussion! The live video will be hosted on the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Facebook page where you can comment and ask questions which we will answer live. 

FUTUREThink: Our Big Ideas

For the second evening of the FUTUREthink symposium we will be joined by Council’s Group Manager of Community, Lucilla Marshall and Think 2050 community ambassadors from our region. This will be a lively discussion about what are the challenges and opportunities when planning for the future of our region.

Joined by our local community movers and shakers 

  • Trish Davis 

  • Rachel Sheppard

  • Shalise Leesfield 

Our speakers

Melissa Neighbour from Future Crunch, who is experienced in designing and implementing award-winning sustainable development projects. Melissa is an environmental town planner, community builder and sustainability specialist.  

She has developed and implemented award-winning sustainable development projects across Australia, and is on a mission to activate sustainable forms of living in urban spaces of the future. She believes in a 21st century that works for everyone, and everything, and that cities will be at the heart of that revolution.;

Joshua Karras from the United Nations Association of Australia NSW Division. As an Executive Manager he is responsible for creatively conceiving, developing, planning, promoting and executing a wide breadth of events which align with the objectives and targets of the United Nations. His position requires him to educate, inform and inspire the New South Wales community about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals to make the world a safer and better world for all.;

Joshua’s primary focus is to drive cross sectoral partnership and collaboration to deliver real world results, which maintain relevance on a local, state, national and international scale.

This page was last updated on: 14 September 2020