A NSW free from poverty and inequality

Putting Regional Needs on the Map

NCOSS invites you to join us on Thursday, 24 October for a breakfast event where you will hear directly from a broad coalition of voices around the common concern of economic disadvantage across NSW.

24 October 2019 - 7:30am24 October 2019 - 10:00am
NSW Parliament House
6 Macquarie Street
Strangers Room
New South Wales

NCOSS invites you to join us on Thursday, 24 October for a breakfast event where you will hear directly from a broad coalition of voices to discuss the common concern of economic disadvantage across NSW.

This is an invaluable opportunity to hear from guest speaker, journalist and author of ‘Rusted Off - Why Country Australia is Fed Up’ Gabrielle Chan. With over 30 years of journalism experience, Gabrielle has lived in both regional and metro NSW, experiencing firsthand the cultural and economic divide.

We will also be launching the ‘Mapping Economic Disadvantage in NSW’ report undertaken by NCOSS in conjunction with the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM). 

The 'Putting Regional Needs on the Map' event is a rare occasion that brings together individuals from regional and metro social service organisations, academics, individuals, corporate organisations and local and state government representatives. This will allow attendees the chance to build connections that may otherwise be hindered by distance and build lasting relationships to build the city/ country divide.

Read the full event program now!

Can't make the event? Share with NCOSS the one thing that would create a positive change in your community, that you would ask you MP.

Note: NCOSS wants this event to be as accessible as possible. If cost is a barrier to attending this event, please contact NCOSS to enquire about a select number of concession tickets for delegates.'

Check out the event flyer here! 

Keynote Speaker - Gabrielle Chan

Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She began covering politics in the 1990s for The Australian in NSW Parliament and the Canberra Press Gallery. Since 2013, she has worked for Guardian Australia as a political correspondent and Politics Live blogger. She has also worked for ABC radio, the Daily Telegraph, in local newspapers and politics. The city-born daughter of a Singaporean migrant, Gabrielle moved to a sheep and wheat farm near Harden Murrumburrah in 1996. She noticed the economic and cultural divide between city and country and the gap between parliament and small-town life. She wrote Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up, released in 2018 by Penguin Random House.


Mayor Lilliane Brady OAM is the longest serving female Mayor in NSW and is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award in 2018. During her time as Mayor of Cobar she has focussed her efforts on economic growth in Cobar, particularly through Mining, Farming and Energy industries. She brings a wealth of experience in the challenges faced by regional communities. In her spare time, Lilliane is a horse racing enthusiast and owner.

Lisa Sweeney OAM is the Director of Social Impact at Service NSW.  Her focus is on achieving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged customers, as well as employment and development of staff from diverse backgrounds. She has been one of the leads of the Service NSW Drought Support Awareness Month. Lisa joined Service NSW following a long career in media, mostly at the ABC where she led news programs and managed radio stations, many in regional locations. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal earlier this year for services to broadcasting.

Carmel Hanson is a St Vincent de Paul's Social Justice Representative for the Maitland/Newcastle Central SVP Council. She is a psychologist, solicitor and migration agent. Carmel has extensively supported people who experience homelessness and those seeking asylum in the community.  

Danica Leys joined the NSW Country Women's Association as CEO in March 2016. Prior to this she worked with NSW Farmers, in both policy and industrial relations areas, and in 2019 she was awarded the NSW Rural Women's Award for her efforts in the rural sector. She has held board positions with Australian Women in Agriculture Limited, AgChatOZ Incorporated and The University of Sydney Agriculture Alumni.

Mary Ronayne, Wilcannia Women's Safe House. Mary was born in Brewarrina and comes from the Kamilaroi nation. She has been the Manager of the Wilcannia Safe House since 2013 and is part of the DVSM Management Team, and is now working a cross-services role as ‘Community and Culture Manager’.

Cr Linda Scott, President at Local Government NSW, is a strong advocate for local government and works to ensure councils across NSW are given the tools and support to invest in the areas that matter to their communities. She has successfully advocated for significantly increased public funding for libraries, more local government control in planning decisions and a Parliamentary Inquiry into local government electoral funding. A strong supporter for reforming the Australian Labor Party, Linda won Labor's first ever community preselection, where more than 4,000 people elected her to be Labor's candidate for Lord Mayor of Sydney in the 2012 NSW Local Government Elections.

Darrell Weekes is NSW State Representative and Think Tank leader for the Small Business Association of Australia. The SBAA’s mission is to help Small business thrive through the provision of advice, advocacy, educational workshops, support and opportunities, such as international trade missions, to small businesses across Australia. Along with drafting Australia’s first Small Business Charter, the SBAA have established the first small business Think Tank providing, particularly regional businesses, a forum to promote, test and develop innovative ideas. 

Sponsored by:




This event has been developed with the support of the NSW Anti-Poverty Week 2019 Network:

Mission Australia


St Vincent De Paul Society NSW

Country Women's Association

Older Women's Network

WayAhead Mental Health Association NSW

Samaritans Foundation

Good Shepherd Microfinance

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