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Theme: Innovation in rural communities

This event occurred on
October 23, 2012
9:00am - 5:00pm AEST
(UTC +10hrs)
Gympie, QLD

At TEDxGympie an inspiring sample of innovators will touch your heart, expand your mind, fuel your imagination, challenge your values, question your conscience, laugh with you, share their dream and in their unique way prompt a call to action.
TEDxGympie is about identifying pathways to enhance the quality of attitudes and experiences in rural communities – now more than ever before, is the time for ‘Innovation in rural communities’.
TEDxGympie is a full day event, with registration from 8 am. The program runs from 9 am – 5 pm, with ample breaks for delicious food and conversation with fellow participants.

Gympie Civic Centre
Mellor St
Gympie, QLD, 4570
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Alexina Johnson

Alexina draws upon her farming and community building passions to talk about share-farming, networking and how small and local really is the best way to farm and eat.

Becky McCray

Becky McCray started her first business venture in junior high school, and has been going ever since. Becky writes and speaks about small town business, and is the co-author of the book Small Town Rules.

Caitlyn Shadbolt

At just seventeen years, Caitlyn is already collecting accolades as a country music singer on local and national stages. Her angelic voice, songwriting prowess and infectious enthusiasm make a perfect package.

Colin Graham

Colin makes entrepreneurship possible. His career in industry, universities and now as a business consultant has earned Colin ample recognition for thinking differently and making a difference.

Dan Read

Dan lives and breathes music. His debut EP “Life Doesn’t Get Any Better”, created with talented fellow musicians, is an ode to overcoming obstacles with joy, humour and song.

Ernesto Sirolli

Italian-born, Dr. Ernesto Sirolli has worked in Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Mongolia, and the U.S.A. in the field of local economic development. More than 300 communities and businesses around the world have adopted his responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development known as Enterprise Facilitation®

Geoff Kirkwood

Geoff connects people through public speaking and leadership. A self-declared ‘referrals master’, Geoff has gained recognition in Australia and abroad for his ability to market innovative ideas.

Greg Nash

From career beginnings as a baker, Greg now lectures and researches at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he empowers first year students to communicate with confidence.

Helen Fairweather

Helen thinks and works strategically for a better environmental future. An engineering academic, a political campaigner and an alternative energy advocate, she pursues innovation and sustainability.

Jasmin Crouch

As Head of Campus at Gympie’s Flexible Learning Centre, Jasmin is a visionary, a dreamer and a supporter of dreams and so is a mentor to many who share her dream that anything is achievable.

Jody Allen

Jody Allen is the owner and founder of Stay at Home Mum, a blog on how to save money around the home. She has over 90,000 followers on Facebook and after a mere 13 months has the 13th largest parenting website in the country.

Kelly Chambers

Kelly has travelled the world as a didgeridoo seller, commodities trader, student, courier and care-giver. Now, he accompanies non-traditional students on their educational journeys.

Prue Millear

Dr Millear has a wide range of research interests, around psychological development in adults and the choices they make about jobs and relationships. Underpinning these projects is the belief that each person is actively involved in constructing their own lives.

Robert Prestipino

Robert helps towns to be better places. By identifying trends in regional development, he proposes approaches that will make sure our children and grandchildren inherit a world worth living in

Tony Kishawi

A circus child, Tony spends adulthood reminding the world how to have fun. His work brings the joy of performance – especially Commedia Dell’arte – to thousands of actors and audience members.

Tony Ryan

Tony is fascinated by learning. He fosters innovation through his presentations, books and leadership in education and organisational development.

Tracie Regan

Tracie works with stakeholders across the training spectrum to understand the uses of technology in Australian Vocational Education and to investigate the implications of various innovative teaching strategies for the improvement of lifelong learning experiences.

Organizing team


Gympie, Australia
  • Lynne Wilbraham
    Team member
  • Joolie Gibbs
    Team member
  • Sally Garrahy
    Team member
  • Bridget Edwards
    Team member
  • Corrie McColl
    Team member
  • Tilly Hinton
  • Cheryl Wight
    Volunteer coordinator
  • Mike Smith
  • Jasmine Birks
    Social media