What is State of the Region?

RDA Orana is once again uniting the community with an exciting networking event and discovery day. Join us and learn about the significant projects that are driving the region toward greater economic growth, industry collaboration and increased public and private investment. You’ll hear from industry leaders, local government and strategic partners and get the opportunity to meet well-connected, like-minded folk who can help you grow your business. 

This event is the first we’ve hosted post-lockdowns. There’s never been a better time for the business community to come together and prove that tomorrow starts today. Attend in person or register for a full access digital pass.


Why you should attend

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Connect with hundreds of your peers in-person or thousands virtually and learn how organisations just like yours are growing their businesses.

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Government Strategy

Choose from a host of different sessions to understand the growth plans post-COVID for our region and how they can impact your business.


Regional Projects

Be first to hear about the $8.4 billion being invested across 50+ regional projects. Find out if your business can help support the growth of the region.


Prof. Alan Broadfoot

Prof Alan Broadfoot is well known for his innovations in industry and is currently the Executive Director of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources. Alan’s strategic direction and enterprising leadership has promoted a number of new and exciting initiatives at NIER, aligned to emerging challenges and national priorities
associated with the sector.


Ashley Brinson

Ashley is the former CEO of The Warren Centre for
Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney. He was the Solar Energy Alliances Manager for Dow Corning, where he invented, designed, constructed and managed major silane facilities in the US, UK and China. Additionally, Ashley is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, an FIChemE and a lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW.


Heath Baker

Heath is the founder and principal of Mercury International Consulting. For 15 years, Heath has worked in international trade, foreign policy and national security. Over this time, he has held positions including CEO of the Export Council of Australia.


Brad Rouse

20 plus years working in the Mining and Heavy industry sector. Commenced career in Broken Hill Mines as Apprentice Electrician, Following this moved to Western Australia working across various operations and projects in leadership roles. Returned to NSW Orange 10+ yrs ago to work in equipment rebuild and manufacturing prior to moving to PYBAR as a Project Manager.

Jenni Brammall

Jenni Brammall

Jenni is Special Projects Officer and former Manager of the Australian Opal Centre at Lightning Ridge, a valuer of opalised fossils under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, and member of the Opal Committee of the Gemmological Association of Australia.

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Stuart Hodgson

Stuart has more around 25 years of experience in major project delivery across a number of industry
sectors. Stuart is currently the Director Programs Renewable Energy Zones, and is responsible for planning
strategies and community and regional stakeholder engagement.

8:15 AM
Sign in and registration
8:45 AM
Welcome, Brad Cam, Chair RDA Orana
8:50 AM
Welcome to Country, Aunty Margaret Walker
O2N and Export Hub Update, Director of RDA Orana, Megan Dixon
Keynote: Boosting resilience and mitigating risk, Heath Baker
Thought leadership; Toward a zero-emission future, Ashley Brinson
10:00 AM
Delivering industry and research partnerships for the region in the energy and resources sector, Prof Alan Broadfoot
10:30 AM
Launch of O2N and Partnership announcement: University of Newcastle
10:40 am
Morning Tea
11:00 AM
Leveraging regional excellence, the Australian Opal Centre, Jenni Brammall
11:20 AM
Parkes Special Activation Precinct update, Azaria Dobson
11:35 AM
Renewable Energy Zone, Stuart Hodgson
11:50 AM
Pybar - mining innovation and skilling the future, Brendan Rouse
12:05 PM
Panel Q & A
12:30 PM
Close and Network Pre-Lunch
1:00 PM
Welcome, Brad Cam, Chair of RDA Orana
1:10 PM
Regional leadership recognition presentation
1:15 PM
Regional outlook and presentation of Invest Orana, Megan Dixon
1:40 PM
Keynote address: The Hon Mark Coulton, MP, Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health
2:00 PM
Partnership Annoucement
2:10 PM
Close and wrap
2:30 PM



Current Sponsors



Interested in showcasing your brand?

We have limited spaces available for businesses to sponsor the event and get their company name in front of an engaged audience. Sponsors will receive logo placement on all material, a dedicated solus email to our database and more.


We have 2 ticket prices: $139.69 gets you a seat at the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club, which includes face to face networking on arrival, over morning tea and at the luncheon. 

$47.29 buys you a virtual seat the event, which will be webcast. BYO lunch!


What time does it start? Registrations will start from 8:15a am, with the event set to start at 8:45 am. The luncheon will start at 1:00 pm sharp.


What if I can only attend half of the day? Your ticket for a general attendance is for the complete program. Due to COVID restrictions, seating will be allocated. If you choose to come to only part of the day, that’s fine, but please let us know, so we can arrange the seating appropriately.

Hell yes! If you have dietary restrictions, please send an email to admin@rdaorana.org.au and we will make sure that we cater for you.

Make sure you bring your business cards! We also encourage you to bring your own writing material (if that’s how you like to keep notes, as that again helps to reduce the risk of spread.

We will make every effort to ensure that the event and venue are COVID safe. We’ve developed a safety plan and will be putting in place measures that reduce risk. If you are ill, we ask that you avoid coming along, but again let us know, as we do have a waitlist for places at the event.

Two days before the event, we will send you a link to watch the proceedings. One of our staff will be monitoring your interactions with the platform and you will be able to ask questions, which we will ask on your behalf.

What's RDA

Regional Development Australia Orana helps businesses large and small succeed in the Orana region. Led by business and community representatives, RDA Orana is strongly focused on diversifying the economic base of the region, workforce planning and development, business investment, infrastructure, and whole of government planning.

We recruit new businesses to the region, support the growth of existing Orana businesses, help manufacturers sell into international markets, provide start-up assistance to entrepreneurs and market the Orana as a premier travel destination. We also undertake extensive industry and market research to provide regional intelligence on critical regional development issues and find solutions to improve the Orana region for the future.

Our Mission is to build the region together, by providing regional intelligence that:

  • creates connections & partnerships

  • facilitates public & private sector investment

  • that supports the development of our workforce

To discover more about our initiatives visit www.rdaorana.org.au. For general inquiries you can contact the office on 02 6885 1488 or email admin@rdaorana.org.au

What's O2N

O2N has been established to support industry and business development in the Orana and Central West regions. Now more than ever, the Orana and Central West Regions of NSW are the focal points for infrastructure, resources, mining, equipment, technology and services and energy development in NSW. The region is home to 33 operating mines and highly prospective opportunities including commodities associated with modern high-technology applications such as copper, silver, and gold, and strategic minerals, including scandium, platinum group elements, cobalt, lithium, titanium, and zirconium.

These sectors provide a significant contribution to our region and there is a tremendous opportunity to support this sector further through the power of the O2N network. 

The O2N membership base will include construction, METS and Mining firms from the Orana and the Central West, which incorporates the following major mining regions: from Cobar, Dubbo, Mudgee, Orange, Peak Hill, Parkes, Condobolin and Lightning Ridge.

The aim of the network is to support the development of businesses across the region into growth and exports, improve sustainability and increase investment and connectivity for business. O2N will expose potential collaborations including the hosting of events, forums and training seminars throughout the Orana and Central West.

The O2N will proactively promote the capability of member firms to business opportunities within and outside the region. It will pursue business and industry development opportunities for the region to contribute to the economic prosperity of members and the communities in which they operate.

The network will provide member companies with the opportunity to take part in activities previously out of reach of smaller enterprises including training and development, networking, joint marketing initiatives, joint project bids, focused task forces, trade missions and tendering.

Relationships with key bodies such as Regional Development Australia – Orana, RDA Cental West, Ausindustry, Trade Start NSW, Austmine and the University of Newcastle provide the network with additional support, services and weight in the political and business arena.

O2N has been established with the generous support of the Australian Government Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Export Hubs program and RDA Orana.



Dubbo RSL Memorial Club

178 Brisbane St, Dubbo NSW 2830

| 8:30am – 3pm |