2017 Alpine Industry Conference

Alpine Industry Conference

4 - 5 May 2017 , Vibe Marysville

'Managing a Changing Landscape'



The Alpine Industry Conference brings together government, government partner agencies, researchers, and private industry to provide participants with valuable and relevant information to assist with the planning and strategic decision-making in a changing environment. 

The conference, to be opened by Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Anthony Carbines MP, will highlight insights from guest speakers and it will also cover a wide range of topics by industry experts in a number of facilitated and interactive panel sessions. 

Guest Speakers 

Sarah Barker B.COMM, LLB (HONS), m.ENV (HONS), MAICD

Special Counsel, Minter Ellison 

Sarah has two decades' experience advising Australian and multi-national clients on governance, compliance and misleading disclosure issues. 

Sarah's work on climate change and corporate governance is world leading, with recognition from institutions including the Bank of England, the European Commission and the United Nations PRI. 

She was the instructing solicitor on the legal opinion of Noel Hutley SC (October 2016), which has been extremely influential in recasting climate change as a financial (rather than 'environmental') issue for Australian boards.

Sarah is an experienced director and advisory board member, with current roles including non-executive directorships of the $24-billion Emergency Services & State Super, the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, and of NRCL Ltd.  She has been actively involved as an examiner, lecturer and course materials author for the Australian Institute of Company Directors for more than a decade.

Ross Brown, Executive Director Brown Brothers

Ross joined the family business in 1970, and has seen its extraordinary development from a small winery, based around the cellar door, to a company that today enjoys both national and international recognition. 

As Chief Executive Officer Ross led the company for a very successful decade. In early 2011 he moved to the position of Executive Director, a position which allows him to spend more time in the market place both domestically and abroad, as well as hold key positions within industry organisations.

For many years Ross was actively involved in the development of the wine tourism industry. These efforts were integral in developing strategies that positioned the north east of Victoria at the forefront of winery tourism in Australia.

Ross has been a founding member and Chairman, and remains actively involved in Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW), a group of twelve family owned wineries that are committed to endorsing the history and quality of Australian wine in Australia and overseas.

Until recently he was a member of the Board of Wine Victoria, he continues to be passionate about his responsibility to the industry and the contributions that he can make in regard to regional development; lobbying the big issues that threaten the viability of regional Australia and the Australian wine industry.

Last year he was inducted into the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Legends ‘hall-of-fame’, a program that pays tribute to the leaders, ground breakers and visionaries of Victoria’s food and wine industry.

Over recent years he has been asked to serve on a number of governmental advisory committees, with particular regional focus, economic development and agribusiness, as well as Victorian food exports into Asia.

As a long-time advocate of ‘co-operation’ within the industry, it is this lifelong philosophy that has gained Ross the respect of his peers, and continues to ensure that his contributions are meaningful and productive. At the core of his commitment is the importance of steering the family business into perpetuity and at the same time supporting and promoting the Australian wine industry at every opportunity.

Panel Sessions

The conference will feature 3 facilitated panel sessions that will broach major issues facing the Victorian alpine industry. The resulting key messages and outcomes from each panel session will be assembled for delegates’ use after the conference.

Session 1 - ‘Victorian Government Priorities’

This session will provide delegates with insights into the Victorian government’s current priorities that will affect the alpine industry directly or may have an indirect impact on those involved.

The panel will cover topics and priority issues related to the Alpine Resort Futures Project, the Victorian Government Climate Change Framework, alpine land and environmental management, Victoria’s Regional Statement and regional funding, Park Victoria’s future focus and strategic direction.

The panel discussion and delegate question and answer session will be facilitated by Sebastian Chapman, Director Land Governance, DELWP.

Session 2 - ‘Climate Impacts and the Alpine Resorts’

This panel session will highlight current information and research on summer and winter climate scenario projections for the Victorian alpine region and the effects on both natural snowfall/snow making and expected summer conditions.

Delegates will also obtain valuable information on what risks and climate mitigation strategies investors are currently considering when investigating potential financial returns from investments made under a changing climate.

The panel will canvas current and projected natural disaster events and the consequent impact on emergency management and alpine operations.

The panel discussion and delegate question and answer session will be facilitated by Kath Rowley, Executive Director, Climate Change, DELWP.

Session 3 - ‘The Visitor Economy, Economic Impact and Alpine Market Segments’

This panel session will provide delegates with an update on the Victorian government’s Visitor Economy Strategy launched in 2016, and it will also provide an overview of the priorities of the new entity, Visit Victoria and its strategic focus on the implementation of the Victorian government’s Visitor Economy Strategy and implications for tourism and the alpine industry.

Delegates will also be presented with an overview of recent alpine resorts’ winter and summer market segmentation research projects, in addition to the presentation of the findings from the current work on quantifying the alpine industry’s state and regional economic impacts.

The panel discussion and delegate question and answer session will be facilitated by John Pandazopoulos, Chair of the Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee.

For general enquiries please contact Shanaugh Lyon at shanaugh.lyon@arcc.vic.gov.au

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