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Breaking new ground in South-West Queensland: Challenges and opportunities of a changing energy landscape in regional Australia

To earmark the launch of our latest research, Blueprint Institute is holding an online panel discussion at 8AM AEST (9AM AEDT) on 8 February 2022, moderated by Blueprint Board Director Lisa France, featuring local experts and leaders grappling with the clean energy shift on the ground in South-West Queensland.

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  • Lisa France is currently a Board Director at Blueprint Institute and has worked at the highest level of State Government and the energy sector. She was previously Global Head of Corporate Affairs at Energy Developments. As an LNP member for the seat of Pumicestone, QLD she was appointed Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines 2012-2014, and Assistant Minister for Finance Administration and Regulatory Reform 2014-2015. Immediately after her parliamentary career Lisa worked as Australian Energy Regional Director for Hatch, a global energy, metals and mining company.


  • Mayor Paul Antonio has been mayor of the Toowoomba Regional Council since 2012. With more than 30 years of local government experience, Paul is leading the business community to position Toowoomba as the transport and logistics hub of Queensland.


  • Ali Davenport is the CEO of the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE), an independent economic development organisation linking the business community to opportunities across Toowoomba, Western Downs, Maranoa, and nearby regions. She has worked in the role for four years, and has previously worked for 15 years across regional Queensland—including Cairns, Mackay and the Gold Coast as well as the city of Brisbane—as a general manager of radio, television stations, and newspapers.


  • Mark Ouliaris is a policy associate at Blueprint Institute. Mark holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science (First Class Honours) from McGill University. Prior to joining Blueprint Institute, his passion for pragmatic and evidence-based policy reform led to stints at the Institute of Health and Social Policy at McGill University—a multidisciplinary institute for research in support of effective social policy—and Reset Australia—an initiative working to counter digital threats to democracy across the world.


This panel promises to offer a robust discussion—backed by Blueprint Institute's recent release—about what the changing energy landscape means for South-West Queensland. Please click here to register your interest and share the event with your networks via social media. We look forward to seeing you at our first event for 2022!

February 08, 2022 at 8:00am - 9:15am

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