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Communities Leading Change: Our Voices, Our Future

Sunday 18 Oct

3:00 pm

4:30 pm




About this event

We believe everyone deserves a seat at the table to imagine what the future looks like for the Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas.

Join Communities Leading Change for an online conversation about creating a prosperous and thriving future for the Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas as we transition.

At the event you’ll hear from inspiring locals well as guests from other communities in transition.

Guest Speakers:

Jen Natoli – Jen is a Team Leader with E tū, the largest private-sector union in Aotearoa New Zealand, and is based in Taranaki. Jen has recently been confirmed as a member of the local interim Regional Skills and Leadership Group, which is part of the New Zealand Review of Vocational Education, and she has been on Just Transition Taranaki 2050 lead group since its inception in 2018. The lead group is a voluntary governance organisation of the 7 poū of a Just Transition (union, iwi/hapū, business, local govt, central govt, community & education). Jen brings 17 years of experience with the union movement with 5 different unions in both the USA and New Zealand. Her E tū team of 13 union staff focus primarily on infrastructure, manufacturing and communications from Northland to Auckland, Taranaki and Manawatu.

Chris Barfoot is an engineer and scientist with extensive experience in all aspects of power generation gained from over 30 years working in the Power Stations and mines of the Latrobe Valley. Chris has worked in power generation, brown coal mining, geology, boiler analysis, optimisation of works in major overhauls and workshops. Since leaving the Brown Coal industry in 2017 after the closure of Hazelwood, he has been an integral part of the Gippsland Climate Change Network and has spent the last three years as the Project Officer for the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub.As Project Officer, Chris has assisted the development of many community projects ranging from small scale solar projects to a complete off grid town.

Danielle Coleman is the coordinator of Hunter Renewal, a project bringing together people, businesses, and organisations of the Hunter Valley to envision a diverse, resilient, and thriving future for the region.

You will also get to meet diverse people from all walks of life discuss how we can work together to create a thriving and prosperous future for the region.

Our focus now is to bring people from all walks of life together to develop a roadmap for a transition that provides a strong economy, jobs, and a safe environment for generations to come.

It will take all of us to build this future. Join us at the table today!

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