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Devonport Festival of Learning | Our Story of Learning & Pathways to the Future


A Festival of Learning event with University of Tasmania political analyst Professor Richard Eccleston

Start Date

25 Sep 2018 5:30 pm

End Date

25 Sep 2018 7:30 pm


paranaple Conference Centre, 137 Rooke St, Devonport

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Register here for this free event presented by The University of Tasmania, Living+Learning Devonport and Devonport City Council.

Come along to this special Festival of Learning event where Institute for the Study of Social Change director Professor Richard Eccleston, along with a panel of thought-provoking guest speakers, will discuss the future of learning, innovation and work in our region. You will hear from local community members who will tell their story - how has learning had an impact on their lives, what changes have they made and why? You will be invited to participate in this interesting and important discussion about our future.

About the speakers:

Sharifah Syed-Rohan, from East Devonport, attended school at Devonport High and Don College. She is now at the University of Tasmania studying Bachelor of Arts, Law and Philosophy UTAS southern campus president. She believes it is "incredibly important to discuss the importance of education in NW Tasmania"

James Riggall is a Tasmanian entrepreneur who established the technology consultancy and software development house Bitlink, which aims to help local business build success in the digital economy. James was the Director of Startup Tasmania 2012 to 2017 – a networking group for young entrepreneurs which has now evolved into Enterprize. James sees virtual technology as the future of many industries around the world.

Nick Probert is the State Manager of Beacon Foundation, an organisation that works to engage young people with training and employment and has a focus on work readiness. He began the No DOle Program at Wynyard High and was the inaugural Youth Learning Officer in the North West. Nick grew up in a rural community near Yolla, Burnie and was educated at the local public schools and Hellyer College. 

Sheree Vertigan AM, is passionate about leadership, education and with a focus on a better future. She was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to education in 2017. During her career in secondary education and leadership in the field, both nationally and internationally, Mrs Vertigan has always been driven to make a difference in the community. "Education has taught important it is to listen to the voices in the community and try to do something about that."

A light supper and refreshments are provided.


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