Queenslanders in conversation August


We’re gearing up for the Ekka here in Brisbane and to celebrate, we will be hosting a conversation on our connection to land, heritage and agriculture. More of Queensland’s surface area is devoted to agriculture than any other state in Australia, so how does that relationship to the land shape who we are?

For the third talk in our Queenslanders in conversation series, our panellists discuss our obligations to preserve and protect the land for future generations.

Meet the panel

Georgie Somerset
AgForce Vice President and beef producer, Georgie is a rural leader with experience in agribusiness, rural tourism and regional development. Her work involves identifying and advocating opportunities, resolving issues and creating linkages and networks across rural sectors.

Her life combines cattle yards and board rooms, boarding school parenting and committee chairing, and long drives for short meetings.

Dr Maggie Hardy
An internationally recognised leader in her field, Dr Hardy is an expert known for her contributions to chemistry and evidence-based policy. She is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and serves on the Executive Board for the International Branch of the Entomological Society of America.

Her research program is focused on the discovery, characterisation, and commercialisation of novel chemistries from the venom of Australian spiders. Her research is applied across a number of sectors, including drug discovery and delivery, public health, agriculture, biosecurity, export, and agribusiness.

Michael Connolly
Michael Connolly is an Aboriginal from Charleville, south west Queensland, dedicated to promoting and raising awareness of Aboriginal culture and its people out of his respect for the deep richness of diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories in Australia. He is a member of the Advisory Panel of the National Indigenous Men’s Forum which meets every year to consult with State and Federal Leaders about issues relating to Aboriginal Culture and Communities.

Michael shares his time between art, cross-cultural training, consultancy and mentoring and has been involved in assisting remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory to become more self-sufficient in such areas as tourism, land management and market gardening.

Ewan Rockemer
Ewan has lived and breathed farming his whole life.
“It is instilled in me, the dirt is not only ingrained in my hands but it runs in my blood. It’s not just a way of life; it’s my livelihood, it’s who I am”

Ewan is a 23 year old, 5th generation cattle farmer from Brooweena, South East Queensland who is passionate about the cattle he breeds and cares for and enjoys the challenge of constantly improving and innovating new farming practices to remain sustainable and viable for generations to come.

Queenslanders in conversation continues exploring our individual and collective identities and our sense of belonging to family, communities, and state.

Join 612 ABC Brisbane’s Kelly Higgins-Devine as she hosts discussions between high profile panellists, audience members, and online viewers.

Date: Thu 4 Aug 2016, 6:00 pm - 07:15 pm
Venue: SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2

Contact State Library Queensland for more information regarding Queenslanders in conversation August.