“Our Mega Future” Presentation Papers

Presentation papers from the recent “Our Mega Future” Yorke and Mid North Regional Forum are now available to download.

The 2017 Yorke and Mid North Regional Forum held on Friday 31st March, highlighted the theme “Our Mega Future”. The forum focussed on the ‘mega’ drivers for the region.

Annually this forum provides an opportunity for Ministers, State Government Executive, Regional and Industry group leaders and researchers to come together to understand key trends that are driving the region and drive on actions for the year ahead. The outcomes will inform the common agenda between the partners of the Yorke & Mid North Strategic Alliance.

The Yorke & Mid North Strategic Alliance is collaboration between Legatus Group, Regional Development Australia Yorke & Mid North and the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board. The Alliance provides a common voice and strategic direction for the Yorke & Mid North Region of South Australia. The Alliance also interfaces with the research community through the Goyder’s Line Sustainability Hub.

Presentation papers from the recent  “Our Mega Future” Yorke and Mid North Regional Forum are now available to download below. To view the line up of speakers which presented please view here.


Session 1A. Environment and Ecosystem Services

Associate Prof Tim Ward – Science Leader, Marine Ecosystem SARDI

Prof Michelle Waycott – Chief Botanist State Herbarium of SA

Dr Andy Sharp – Landscape Programs Coordinator, Natural Resources Northern Yorke

Dr Paul Koch – Senior Conservation Planner, Greening Australia

Mary-Anne Young – PIRSA

Dr Kaja Hogendoorn – Research Associate, Plant Protection Group University of Adelaide

Steve Barnett – Principal Hydrogeologist, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources


Session 1B. Industry, Infrastructure, Population and Workforce

John King – Department of State Development DSD

Adam Stanford – South Australian Tourism Commission

Deshitha Senanayake – Senior Design Engineer, HDS Australia  (Presentation 2)  (Presentation 3)

Steve Brown – Palisade Investment Partners

Dr Mark Siebentritt – Seed Consulting Services

Wendy Perry – Head Workforce Planner, Workforce BluePrint

Brian Peddle – National Disability Services (NDS)


Session 2A. Health and Wellbeing

Dr Gerry Considine – RDASA President *

Prof Jennene Greenhill – Assoc Dean of SoM & Director Flinders Rural Health SA

Andrew Cole – CEO, District Council of Barunga West

Heidi Hodge – Rural Community Engagement & Research Coordinator

Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray – Department in Geography, Environment and Population, University of Adelaide

David Kelly – Project Lead Wellbeing/Resilience Centre, SAHMRI *


Session 2B. Agriculture Enterprises

Darren Ray – Senior Climatologist, Bureau Meterology *

Barry Mudge – GRDC Low-rainfall Zone Regional Cropping Solutions Network

David Heinjus – Managing Director, Rural Directions

Judy Wilkinson – Community and Family Support Consultant *

Leighton Wilksch – Director and Argonomist, Agbyte

Dr Len Stephens – Director, RIRDC

The Hon. Rob Kerin – Chairman, Regional Development SA and Primary Producers SA