IT was a debate that had it all: Renewable energy opportunities, youth vs experience, stemming the regional population bleed – and even a surprise musical intervention by the venue’s soundsystem.
Thursday night’s Next Crop forum at Armidale was our biggest yet.
Editor Andrew Norris herded panelists Dave Mailler, Georgie Oakes, Adam Blakester, Edwina Sharrock, Max Laurie, Peter Carter, and Allan Parker through an evening of passionate Q&A-style discussion that often took unexpected turns.
An interactive audience prompted panelists on a range of issues – from regional energy security, to communications solutions, online business ins and outs, networking and attitudes, and where rural communities can begin with simple, positive change.
We’ll have more on the big issues dissected on the night, but for now check out the replay in the video below.
The Next Crop will be coming to Griffith on June 7 and Moree on July 5.