Why do we hold our event over multiple days? Well, we could just jam it all in, line up speaker after speaker after speaker. Instead? We know you’ll get more value [and have more to tell your boss about when you’re back in the office] if you’ve got time to actually take in what the speakers are saying and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Our delegates love the chance to hang out + catch up after a day filled with engaging speakers. That's why we make sure our program is filled out with great social events so you can relax + mingle with all your new regional-event-loving friends!

Read more about each of our speakers here.

Sessions and speakers are subject to change.

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4 September


Registrations open

Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre


Welcome and housekeeping

2:10pm - 3:10pm

Session 1 | Keynote Speaker

What makes an event special?

Peter Jones AM

3:10pm - 4:20pm

Session 2 | Cutting the Apron Strings

This succession planning session delves into how we're loving some our events to death.  We'll look at common challenges of committee and community burn-out,  getting buy-in, more volunteers, getting those young people involved and more sponsors!  Following this session you will leave with 5 techniques to help you.

Krista Hauritz

4:20pm - 5:20pm

Session 3 | Business Events

Helen Parker, Destination NSW

Barry Neame, Professional Conference Organisers Association


Welcome Reception

Old Dubbo Gaol

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5 September

8:15Am - 8:40am

Registrations open

Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre

8:45am – 9:15am

Session 4 | Case Study: Visit to Dubbo by Their Royal Highnesses

Josie Howard, Dubbo Regional Council

9:15am – 10:30am

Session 5 | Keynote Speaker

Patrick J Kidd OBE, Invictus Games

10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Tea

11:00am – 11:45am

Session 6 | It’s a risky business – risk, safety and security at Events in NSW

Pete Docwra, Executive Events Solutions

11:45am – 1:00pm

Session 7 | Risk 2 session

Stay tuned for more information

1:00pm – 2:00pm


2:00pm – 3:15pm

Session 8 | Event Sustainability [panel session]

Wendy Muffet, Grazing down the Lachlan

Cameron Little, Sydney Sustainability Centre

3:15pm – 4:30pm

Session 9 | Event and Festival Marketing: What's Now and Next?

Alana Hay, Milestone Creative

6:30pm – 11:00pm

Conference Dinner

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

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6 September

8:00Am - 8:30am

Registrations open

Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre

8:30am – 10:00am

Session 10 | Sponsorship

Richard Woodward, Richard Woodward & Associates

10:00am – 10:30am

Morning Tea

10:30am – 11:15am

Session 11 | Case Study: Big Red Bash

Greg Donovan, Big Run Events

11:15am – 12:15pm

Session 12 | Lights, camera, action…rolling out the red carpet in your town [panel session]

Mark Grentell, Director & Producer





Conference concludes