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Imagine Ballarat 2030

20 Sep 2012

In a change to the regular RTD format the September dinner featured an interactive forum 'Imagine Ballarat 2030'. Facilitated by special guest Ms Jenny Brockie, members and their guests were asked to imagine what Ballarat and the region would look like to 2030.    Representatives from the following Sectors; Education, Community, Business, Health, Connectivity and Sustainability, helped generate discussion.  Opportunities for youth and education were key areas of discussion through-out the night. Prof David Battersby provided some enlightening, and perhaps alarming, education statistics for Ballarat and made us ask if 84% of young people in Melbourne complete Year 12 why only 62% of young in Ballarat?   Others topics considered included: Inequity in trade wages from state to state, Incentives for apprentices, connectivity and a tech savvy generation will change the way we do business, serious skills shortage in health - by 2015 Australia will need 30,000 nurses, what is the incentive to work and live in regional victoria, perception of youth and how we support our greatest asset for the future - our young people. Committee for Ballarat is pleased to provide a vehicle for civic leaders to come together and flesh out these important issues. Finding solutions is the challenge for us all.  Thank you to our event sponsor Department of Business and Innovation. If you are interested in obtaining a dvd of the forum please contact Adele Nairn Ph: 5332 1240 Click here to view photo gallery