Jo Taranto is one of the guest speakers at the upcoming Resilience Workshop in Kingaroy, organised by Visit South Burnett (Photo:

July 1, 2024

Events are a popular part of country life and the visitors they attract can give the local economy a welcome boost, but they can also be difficult to organise and risk burning out volunteers …

Local tourism organisation Visit South Burnett has organised a free, two-day conference in Kingaroy next week to tackle these issues.

The Two-Day Resilience Workshop, to he held in the Kingaroy Town Hall Supper Room on July 9-10, features a team of speakers who will present their solutions in a series of short sessions:

  • Jo Taranto – The co-host of Channel 10’s “Planet Shapers” is passionate about the benefits environmental and social sustainability can bring to businesses and communities. Jo will be hosting two sessions: “Better Events and Destinations: Designing For Diversity and Inclusion” on Tuesday; and “Circular Tourism: The Future Of Events And Destinations?” on Wednesday.
  • Kate Scott – Kate, who is the event co-ordinator for Toowoomba’s famous Carnival of Flowers, will share her experiences and event planning tips.
  • Peter Sutton – Peter will delve into burnout … learn how to recognise the warning signs, and practical strategies such as effective delegation and how to address unhealthy coping mechanisms.
  • Tanya Williams – Tanya is from “Digital Conversations”, a marketing advisory company which aims to help busy business owners –  and she doesn’t believe that focussing on social media is the right tactic for everyone!
  • Lisa Stephenson – Lisa is manager of Cultural Services and Development at Fraser Coast Regional Council, responsible for the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, the Brolga Theatre, Gatakers Artspace and the museums within Maryborough’s historic Portside Precinct. She will discuss resilience, succession planning, business continuity and the need for innovation.

The two days aim to boost the success of existing events in the South Burnett region, strengthen their resilience and maybe even spur the development of new events.

All the sessions will be livestreamed (contact VSB for details) except for Peter Sutton who will only be available in person.

The event is free – and open to everyone – but seats must be booked, either for the two days or for individual sessions (see below).

For more information, phone 0481-749-951.

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The project has been funded by South Burnett Regional Council and a Federal Government Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grant.


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