Western Cape Futures Symposium

The inaugural Western Cape Futures Symposium was held in Weipa 23-25 March 2023. This was the first event of its kind to be held in the region. We aim to host more of these events: dates to be confirmed.

Western Cape Futures Symposium...

The Western Cape Futures Symposium was conceived from the need to create a vision and plan for a sustainable future for the region.

This region presents many opportunities for sustainable growth and development in many areas, which the communities and its residents are keen to explore. By working together with Government and Industry, we can forge a path that leads to economic diversity and sustainability, to ensure that the next generations have a bright and prosperous future on the Western Cape.

Opportunities Rich

The Futures Symposium provided an opportunity to shine a spotlight on our region, and explore the opportunities, potential and barriers to regional development in the Western Cape, by connecting Innovators, Industry Leaders, Government, Traditional Owners, Local Business and Community.

It created the opportunity for us to come together and discuss our potential and opportunities. When developing the program, the event’s steering committee took a collaborative approach, conducting community consultation and surveys. This ensured the speakers and content were relevant to the region. Instead of calling for papers or abstract submissions, speakers were invited based on how they could contribute to the conversation about the region’s future and community aspirations. With a total of 46 speakers, the Symposium showcased a fantastic and diverse range of perspectives from which local people drew inspiration and motivation, and from which guest speakers gained a valuable insight into the Western Cape Region and its people. The inaugural Symposium was very successful and you can download an Overview of activity here. Planning is underway for another event and details will be added to this site in due course.

The Western Cape Futures Symposium was hosted by the Western Cape Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Aurukun Shire Council, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council, the Weipa Town Authority, James Cook University, the Torres and Cape Indigenous Council Alliance, Western Cape Communities Trust and Rio Tinto.

Top [cliffs] photo thanks to Brookie Quartermaine and Weipa Camping Grounds.


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