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Supported by FIAL, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Council
Hosted by RDA Brisbane, RDA Moreton Bay and RDA Sunshine Coast in partnership with the TCI Network Oceania


Australia's First Food & Agribusiness Cluster MeetUp: 
“Connecting Australia's Food and Agribusiness Clusters"


RDA Brisbane and RDA Moreton Bay in association with the TCI Network Oceania (the global cluster practitioner network) extend a warm Queensland invitation to food and agribusiness cluster managers, coordinators and activators around Australia to join us for a 'MeetUp' in SEQ’s beautiful but lesser known region of Moreton Bay in early September. Please bring along your industry chairs and members of your cluster leadership group.


When? Monday 7 - Tuesday 8 September 2015

Attendees may like to stay on for Economic Development Australia’s National Conference, starting late Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 September, Redcliffe, Moreton Bay, South East Queensland.

Why? Meet your colleagues in Australia’s food and agribusiness clusters and establish a platform for linking clusters nationally. 

Where? Mon Komo Hotel, Redcliffe (30 minutes north of Brisbane airport), plus Ocean View Estates, Moreton Bay region (Day 1) and Strawberry Fields Farm, Sunshine Coast (Day 2) 

Who should attend? Food and agribusiness cluster managers, coordinators and activators, cluster chairs and industry members


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PROGRAM DAY 1:  Monday 7 September 2015


10.00am - 10.30am  Opening Address

Mirjana Prica, Managing Director, Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL)  

10.30am - 11.45pm  Meet & Greet

Bus departs for Ocean View Estates

12.45pm - 2.00pm  A Long Lunch

We are talking food! Get to know each other around the long table and some slow food. 

2.00pm - 3.30pm  Food Clusters of the World: Winning Ingredients

Guest speaker and facilitator: Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, Cluster Navigators, New Zealand

An informative session followed by Q&A.  

3.30pm - 3.50pm  Afternoon Tea 

3.50pm - 4.20pm  Establishing the Common Ground 

4.20pm - 4.30 pm  Setting the Scene for Day 2

4.30pm - 5.30 pm  Return to Mon Komo

6.00pm - 7.00pm  Networking event


PROGRAM DAY 2: Tuesday 8 September (Target Group: Cluster Managers & Practitioners) 


8.30am - 9.00am  Austrade's Work in Food & Agribusiness  

Gary Barnes - Food & Agribusiness Trade Team, Brisbane Office, Austrade 

9.00am - 9.50am  Fast Tracking Cluster Development, Within and Beyond the Region

Ifor Ffowcs- Williams, Cluster Navigators Ltd, New Zealand 

9.50am - 10.10am  Addressing Common Challenges and Capturing Opportunity Through Collaboration

Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) 

10.10am - 10.25am  The East Gippsland Food Cluster’s eCommerce Platform

Dr Nicola Watts, Cluster Manager 

10.25am - 10.35am  The Food Leaders Australia Initiative

Jo Sheppard, General Manager for Agribusiness and Export at Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise 

10.35am - 10.55am  Morning Tea

10.55am - 11.30am  Building the Foundations for Cross Regional Collaboration

Tracy Scott-Rimington, SEQ & Regional Development Coordinator and Mark Bell, Industry Development Manager, RDA Riverlands, SA

Key Themes: Regional competitiveness; Regional leadership; Innovative regions; Collaboration; Strategy alignment; Branding.

A highly interactive session to develop a shared vision and PLATFORM for future collaboration. Outcome: Agree to foundations and mechanisms for a cluster commons.

Travel by bus to Strawberry Fields Farm, Sunshine Coast for lunch and afternoon session.

12.30pm - 1.30pm  Lunch 

1.30pm - 4.00pm  Connecting Clusters to Grow New Markets and Win Bigger Contracts

Rodin Genoff, Rodin Genoff & Associates

Using the Commonwealth Games in 2018 on the Gold Coast as an example, Rodin will work participants through the necessary steps to connect and build successful cross-cluster relationships and joint ventures. (Afternoon tea will be served during this session.)

4.00pm - 4.15pm  Mapping & Connecting Australia’s Food & Agribusiness Clusters - Wrap-up session 

Return to Mon Komo, Redcliffe - ETA 5.15pm


Please note: program subject to change.



Should you wish to book accommodation for yourselves or your guests, please feel free to use the link below which awards you 5% off accommodation rates. Select 'Redcliffe' from the location list, as well as 'Oaks Mon Komo' from the All Properties List and the dates. In the Corporate/Group/Promo field type 'MonKomo' (no spaces). You can then see the discount and the original rates.


IforInternational Guest Speaker and Facilitator: Ifor Ffowcs-Williams
CEO, Cluster Navigators Ltd, New Zealand

Ifor is a Founder, Past President and Member of the Board of Advisors of The Competitiveness Institute (Barcelona). He has served on the Advisory Boards of the Danish Cluster Academy, the European Cluster Observatory, the Indian Institute for Competitiveness, the Pan African Competitiveness Council and Sintonia, Mexico. At his home base in New Zealand, Ifor has served as a Trustee of the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency. He is also the author of ‘Cluster Development: The Go-To Handbook’ that draws on his experiences in over 50 countries. Ifor has been described as ‘one of the most influential cluster practitioners in the world’.  



Day 2 Facilitator: Rodin Genoff, Managing Director, Rodin Genoff & Associates

Rodin is an internationally recognised and award winning industry and cluster development expert, with results of his work widely reported in the Australian and Danish financial press. The success of Rodin’s Danish project on developing an advanced manufacturing and engineering cluster led the regional authorities to commission him to write the book 'Engineering the Future', outlining his regional cluster approach, and fund his cluster collaboration model for 50 million DDK or around AU$10 million. He also led a comprehensive cluster and business mapping project for Hub North, Denmark’s wind energy cluster, leading to the creation of 20 new joint ventures and business collaborations.



Mon Komo Hotel 99 Marine Parade, Redcliffe, Queensland, 4020, Australia Get Directions


RDA Brisbane and RDA Moreton Bay Qld are part of a national network of committees established by the Australian Government to grow and strengthen our regions. TCI Network Oceania is part of a global practitioners' network for competition, clusters and innovation. FIAL is an industry-led, government funded initiative to accelerate commercially driven collaboration and innovation in the Australian food and agribusiness industry.