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The Reinventing Progress conference was held in Cairns on April 17th 2012.
This event was presented by the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre with funding from the federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and with the generous support of the local sponsors listed below. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the community, government, industry and other organisations to encourage the transition to a more sustainable future.

For further information please contact our Urban Sustainability Officer on 4032 1746 or email sustainability@nullcafnec.org.au.

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About the speakers

The presentations from each of the speakers are included below:

Our thanks go to the following sponsors for their support of this event.
Gold sponsor
Cairns Regional Council
Silver sponsors
Regional Development Australia
James Cook University and TropEco
The Hotel Cairns

And to the Deparment of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities’ GVEHO program for the initial funding to run this event.


1. Conference introduction

2. Joann Schmider – Indigenous people & sustainability

3. Maree Grenfell – What is a sustainable future?

4. Prof. Ian Lowe – Embracing opportunities

5. Kate Harris – Leadership for an uncertain future

6. Allan Jones – Cities powering themselves

7. Matthew Wright – A zero carbon future?

8. Amandine Denis – The carbon economy

9. Prof. Peter Newman – Sustainable cities

10. Nikki Huddy – Planning for happiness

11. Dr Paul Downton – Building resilient cities

12. Marcus Barber – Strategic futures workshop