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Day 2: Wednesday 19 June 2019

Registration Opens


Welcome to Day 2


Tasmania's Young People: Seen & Heard

The Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) has partnered with TasCOSS to bring the voices of our State’s young people into this year’s State Conference. Thanks to the generosity and creativity of YNOT CEO Tania Hunt, we are pleased to be able to present this special morning session highlighting some of the amazing young people in our State who will share their creativity, experiences and enlightening perspectives with State Conference attendees.

Opening Address: Tania Hunt, CEO, Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT)

Tania has over seventeen years experience working in the community sector in Tasmania, predominately in the areas of alcohol and other drugs (AOD), HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and youth health. She has been instrumental in AOD policy development at a state and national level and was Vice President of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council of Tasmania (ATDC). Tania currently sits on the Board of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and the National Youth Coalition for Housing (NYCH). Tania previously held the position of Operations Manager/2IC at The Link Youth Health Service Inc. Tania was responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team in the delivery of youth specific services including psychosocial programs and community based mental health care services.

Tania has a particular interest in youth affairs and is committed to working collaboratively with young people, the Tasmanian youth sector, the community and all levels of government to ensure the views of young people and the youth sector are represented.


Welcome to Country — Kartanya Maynard, Member of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community

Kartanya Maynard is a proud member of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community and has been a musician since she was 10 years old.

She has been actively involved in community by attending marches and rallies, performing at public and sacred community events and is the youngest person to ever be voted onto the Tasmanian Aboriginal State Committee.

She won the Tasmanian Aborginal Artist of the Year in 2011 and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Youth of the Year in 2013. She is also one of the very few musicians that sings in the Tasmanian Aboriginal language palawa kani.

She is a singer/songwriter who graduated with a Bachelor of Music fromthe Conservatorium of Music in 2017 and has performed at such events as the Putalina Festival, the Winter Feast & numerous rallies for the Bob Brown Foundation.

Matt Etherington, 2019 Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year

Working to improve society, and the lives of people facing disadvantage, requires us to support the capacity-building journey of diverse communities, to identify and mobilise their own resources to resolve problems. Community dialogue, lived experience and peer support have played a major role in the innovative projects Matt Etherington has led. Matt will draw on his experiences in disability support, mental health and youth engagement to discuss possibilities for the future of social services.

Matt is a regular volunteer and advocate for mental health, inclusion, migrant support, and youth engagement. Matt works as coach for the Big Issue Community Soccer Program, a social inclusion initiative for people experiencing disadvantage.

Frances Seen, Finalist, 2019 Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year

Engagement in visual and performing arts is a strong mechanism for building positive and connected communities. In the aftermath of the 2017 Marriage Equality Postal Vote, Frances explored the use of visual art to provide young LGBTI+ people with the opportunity to work through experiences in a creative way, thus establishing the Identity+ art program.

The success of this program and desire for further creative arts opportunities in the community demonstrates the powerful impact of creative arts for community ‘healing’ and the ways young people can play a crucial role in creating the communities they wish to see.

Frances established the Identity+ art program for young LGBTI+ people in 2018 with funding from the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Bursary. She works predominantly as a dance teacher at MB Dancers, a dance school that strives to build the self-confidence of young dancers through providing a supportive environment, and recently filled the role of Youth Week Tasmania project officer. Frances aims to continuously explore options for creative arts programs to promote acceptance and diversity within local communities.


Magda Mohamed Gamar, Youth Ambassador, Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network

Magda Gamaris of Sudanese background and came to Tasmania as a refugee 11 years ago from Eritrea.

She is a Arts student majoring in journalism and politics and hopes to work as a journalist in the political field. Magda’s passion in life is helping others and to be an active activist helping bring attention to and address human rights issues and equality.


Morning Tea

Sponsored by:

Visual Displays: 26TEN, Migrant Resource Centre, Multiple Sclerosis, Family-Based Care, Bespoke Organisational Solutions, Primary Health Tasmania and Life Without Barriers


Lightning Talks: Changing Direction

More details shortly.




Lunchtime activities provided by:

Visual Displays: 26TEN, Migrant Resource Centre, Multiple Sclerosis, Family-Based Care, Bespoke Organisational Solutions, Primary Health Tasmania and Life Without Barriers


Lightning Talks: Changing our World



Sharing the Vision of Australia reMADE accompanied by graphic recording

Australia reMADE is an alliance of organisations and individuals from across different sectors of civil society working on vision-led transformational change. Leading with a vision — sourced from hundreds of conversations across the country — is essential for inspiring people that the future is not set, connecting people with people across issues and for creating energy from which to act together.

In this presentation National Coordinator Dr Millie Rooney shares Australia reMADE’s vision and experience in social change work and its national strategy for bringing people together to inspire, connect and act.

Dr Millie Rooney, National Coordinator, Australia reMADE

Millie is the National Coordinator for Australia ReMADE, a vision-based collaboration of everyday people and community leaders working to build a country where people and planet come first.

Millie has a qualitative research background with particular expertise in local community and social norms and community building. During her PhD and subsequent research roles she has spoken in-depth with hundreds of Australian’s about their lives, communities and dreams. Millie has worked in and around universities for over a decade working to build student capacity and enthusiasm for tackling wicked problems.

Millie is also a carer for her family and community and is passionate about acknowledging this work as a valid, valuable and legitimate use of her time.

Kylie Dunn, Graphic Recording Artist

Kylie explains stuff to people for a living, lots of different stuff. She is passionate about helping people learn — wanting to make the world an easier place to be and helping people gain the skills and knowledge to create the life they want for themselves. One of the ways she explains things is by using graphic techniques to capture content, providing a visual tool to improve understanding and interest.




Day 2 Closing Address: The Hon Roger Jaensch MP

The Hon Roger Jaensch MP

Minister for Human Services, Minister for Housing and Minister for Planning

Roger Jaensch was first elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 2014 as Member for Braddon in the House of Assembly. He served as Government Whip for the first two years of the Hodgman Government, before taking on the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade and Red Tape Reduction. Upon his re-election in 2018, he was appointed Minister for Human Services, Minister for Housing and Minister for Planning.

Roger grew up in outer suburban Victoria — the son of a self-employed engineer and a committed community volunteer. After completion of secondary schooling he spent time working and travelling in southern Africa. Returning to Australia, Roger studied Science at Monash University, focusing on land use and management in semi-arid areas of Australia, similar to those he had seen in Africa, and the human and economic factors driving business decisions in these environments.

On completion of his studies, Roger worked in the remote Gascoyne region of Western Australia where he helped to pioneer tourism, horticulture and sheep and goat meat enterprises on pastoral leases, diversifying local economies and creating new exports. After other land use planning and industry development roles in WA, Roger was appointed as inaugural Chair and CEO of the Cradle Coast Authority in 2000 and moved to Wynyard in NW Tasmania with his wife Stephanie, where they have now raised three children.

The Cradle Coast Authority and its member councils are now recognised nationally as a model of cooperation for local government, and a case-study in coordination of planning, and economic and community development at regional scale. Roger served as a board member of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania for ten years, and as a member of the Tasmanian Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council, the Tasmania Medicare Local Social Determinants of Health Steering Committee, the University of Tasmania NW Advisory Board and the NW Economic Development Plan Regional Reference Group.


Afternoon Tea


Close of TasCOSS State Conference 2019


Day 1: Tuesday 18 June 2019

Registration Opens


Official Opening & Welcome to Country

Welcome to Country presented by Dewayne Everettsmith, Cultural Awareness Coordinator, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

Dewayne is a palawa man descended from both the community of cape Barren Island, Tasmania and gunai / kurnai people of Victoria.

In 2007 Dewayne graduated with his Cert III in Aboriginal Primary Health Care (Aboriginal Health Worker) and since then, has actively played many roles within his community in Tasmania.

Dewayne is passionate about the revival and  continuation of language (palawa kani), especially in the area of songs for ceremony and dance.


Keynote Address: Mariam Issa

Mariam, an advocate for refugees and champion of women’s resilience, fled Somalia’s civil war on a leaky overcrowded boat to Kenya. Mariam’s refugee journey ultimately took her to Australia at age 30 where she settled in Melbourne with her family.

Mariam is the co-founder of RAW (Resilient Aspiring Women), a not-for-profit organisation that supports women’s resilience through intercultural dialogue and exchange facilitated by storytelling, cooking and gardening.

Mariam’s autobiography, A Resilient Life, shares a story of resilience in the face of terrible hardship. She continues to share her experience and commitment to improving refugee’s lives by sitting on the board of Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and serving in a number of ambassador roles. She is an International Women’s Forum member and co-founder of Space2b, an art and design-based social enterprise established to support asylum seekers, refugees and newly arrived migrants.

Mariam was awarded the Ambassador of Peace award from the Universal Peace Federation in recognition of her ongoing work promoting social cohesion among Melbourne’s culturally diverse population.

Mariam Issa will be introduced by Rebecca Kardos, CEO, Aurora Energy.

Rebecca has significant executive experience in the utilities sector in Australia and New Zealand in both the public and private sector.

Rebecca is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Tasmanian state-owned energy retailer, Aurora Energy.

Rebecca also has non-executive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including Board member of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, and past Board member of the No Interest Loans Network (NILS) Tasmania, and the Australian Energy Council.

Rebecca is passionate about creating and realising value for Aurora Energy’s customers, employees, shareholders and the Tasmanian community.


Morning Tea

Sponsored by:

Visual Displays: 26TEN, Migrant Resource Centre, Multiple Sclerosis, Family-Based Care, Bespoke Organisational Solutions, Primary Health Tasmania and Life Without Barriers


Growing a Triple Bottom Line Visitor Economy

How can more Tasmanians seize the opportunities of growing visitation and the investment it brings?

How do we grow our tourism industry while enhancing the Tasmanian lifestyle?

Tourism is Tasmania’s biggest industry and Tasmania is Australia’s most tourism dependent State. Visitor activity now generates nearly 10% of GSP and employs 40,000 Tasmanians. The emergence of Tasmania over the past two decades as a world renowned visitor destination has been one of this State’s greatest success stories.

But with visitor growth comes new opportunities and challenges for Tasmanian communities, who have the most invested and value the very things that makes Tasmania such an appealing visitor destination.


Luke Martin, CEO, Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT)

Luke Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania in March 2011.

He joined TICT with a diverse range of experiences across government, the corporate and community sectors, including a stint as a political staffer in the offices of Tasmanian Premiers Jim Bacon and Paul Lennon, and a period working with TasCOSS, the peak body for the Tasmanian community services sector, before crossing over to work for CPR, a leading national corporate relations consultancy in both their Tasmanian and South Australian offices. He also served as an Alderman on Glenorchy City Council from 2009–14.


Rob Pennicott, CEO, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Rob is the owner of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, which he founded in 1999. Today the family business operates six tourism products. The best known are the original Bruny Island Cruises and Tasman Island Cruises which allow visitors to explore spectacular National Park coastlines and encounter wildlife aboard custom-built yellow boats. Over the last five years Rob has added Bruny Island Traveller, Iron Pot Cruises, Tasmanian Seafood Seduction and the Three Capes Track to his product portfolio and in September will expand in to Victoria. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys now operates 17 vessels, employs 100 staff and hosted over 120,000 visitors in the past year.

Rob passionately promotes the importance of sustainable tourism. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is 100% Carbon Offset and an Advanced Ecotourism Certified operator. The business always exceeds world’s best practice standards for efficient fuel, energy and water use. Driven by a desire to give back to the environment and community that has supported him, Rob established the Pennicott Foundation as a flagship for important philanthropic activities. A portion of all cruise tickets go towards the Foundation. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has won 12 Australian Tourism Awards and 27 Tasmanian Tourism Awards with Rob recognised as an Australian Tourism Legend in 2014.



Lunchtime activities provided by:

Visual Displays: 26TEN, Migrant Resource Centre, Multiple Sclerosis, Family-Based Care, Bespoke Organisational Solutions, Primary Health Tasmania and Life Without Barriers


Lightning Talks: Challenging the Systems

Moderator: Sal Bucksey, Health Stream Lead, Primary Health Tasmania (PHT)
Sal is a senior manager with Primary Health Tasmania, leading activities in the areas of chronic conditions management, integrated care, after hours care, palliative care, pain management, and medication management. Originally a physiotherapist, Sal worked at a high level in both service provider and commissioning organisations in the United Kingdom before moving to Tasmania.



From Protest Signs to the Twitterverse: How Activism How Activism has Evolved to Stay Relevant

A lively panel discussion to discuss the evolution of activism and hear the thoughts, experiences and musings from three people at the coalface of activism.

Tasmanian icon Christine Milne AO

Christine Milne AO has been a social justice and environmental activist all her life both in Tasmania and around the world. From her arrest on the Franklin River in the early 1980s to her campaign to save native forests and protect the Wesley Vale farm lands from a polluting pulp mill.

Christine served as the first female leader in State Parliament and as leader of the Tasmanian Greens driving action on global warming in the Federal Parliament and as a Vice-President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She has always been a courageous advocate for communities and the planet. Christine lists as her proudest parliamentary achievements gun law reform, gay law reform, the Apology to the Stolen Generation in Tasmania and the world leading Clean Energy Package in the Federal Parliament. Since retiring from representative politics, she continues to campaign for climate justice, 100% renewable energy, forest protection and biodiversity conservation as well as being a doting grandmother.

Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn, Tasmania Schools Coordinator, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC)

Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn, 21, is a young leader at the AYCC in Tasmania, where she co-convenes the Hobart branch. In 2018 she won the national Scribe Nonfiction Prize for her essay on climate change called The Invisible Sea and in 2019 she was a semifinalist in the Tasmanian Young Achievers Awards. When she is not volunteering or writing, she works teaching sewing at Frangipani Fabrics. Zoe is passionate about the power of young people to inspire and make change in their communities.


Jo Flanagan, CEO, Women’s Health Tasmania

Before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer at Women’s Health Tasmania in 2018, Jo worked in senior positions in the not-for-profit sector, including as Deputy CEO of TasCOSS, Manager of Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action and Research Centre, and Coordinator of the Hobart Sexual Assault Support Service.


Afternoon Tea


Closing Address: The Hon Sue Hickey MP, Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly

Sue Hickey has proven experience and commitment to public service with six years in local government and over 30 years in small business.

Sue was elected as Lord Mayor of Hobart in 2014, she is a former Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year and she has an MBA (Masters of Business and Administration).

As a strong, thinking woman, Sue has an enormous capacity for hard work and a record for getting things done!


Close of Day 1



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