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Going regional: Listening to the Latrobe community

20 June 2024 at 8:05:00 am

T39 Talk

10 min

Abstract

Each year, the Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME) holds a national closed conference on improving outcomes for the better when mining ends. In 2023, for the first time, the conference was held in the Latrobe Valley, a region in which three mine closures will mean an entire economic, social and cultural shift for the local communities. We took a risk in ‘going regional’ to a place staring wholesale change in the face. This talk will examine the impacts of our regional communication. I will show how we made conscious choices to listen and adapt to the region’s needs, and how embedding activities like community and gallery visits, First Nations bursaries, and live illustration achieved the multidisciplinary impact we sought, particularly in bridging the science/art divide. By the end, the audience will have been taken through a case study of out-of-the-box coming-together that has had lasting positive effects for our partnerships and program.

Presenter/s

Dr Rebecca Rey

Relevance to conference themes

By having the support of the regional community to which we brought our conference, the connections fostered has since helped both us and them grow towards a more positive post-mine future.

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