Planning Today for Greater Impact Tomorrow

CEF National Conference

Sydney, November 23, 2019

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About the conference

Planning Today for Greater Impact Tomorrow is the theme for our 2019 CEF National Conference, focusing on ways we can work together to increase CEF’s impact on rural and regional Australia and the young people who are its future.

As a valued member of the CEF family, we’d like to extend an invitation to join us at our complimentary event in Sydney. We are locking in some great speakers and having taken on board previous feedback, have ensured that the whole afternoon session is dedicated to open discussion.

Your attendance at this event is highly valued and thanks to our partner Alinta Energy, we are able to provide this conference at no cost and with one nights complimentary accommodation at Rydges Camperdown. Places are limited so please get in early.

Travel subsidies may be available for our interstate committee members and those furthest from the Sydney CBD. Please get in touch via [email protected] or on 02 6362 3162 to discuss as we would love to see as many of you there as possible!

If you are arriving on Friday afternoon, we would love to see you for a casual drink at Rowleys Bar, Rydges from 5.30pm.

On Saturday evening following the conference, please join us for our inaugural Alumni Awards Evening at The Grandstand, within the USYD precinct for drinks, nibbles, networking and to help us celebrate the successes of our students.


Accommodation has been reserved at Rydges Camperdown which is a short 5 minute walk to the conference venue through the picturesque USYD campus. CEF will cover the cost of one nights accommodation in a shared room (two queen beds). Please indicate on your registration form if your preference is to stay Friday, Saturday or both nights and with whom who you would like to share.

If you would like to stay both nights, we can reserve your room for the additional night for $210 which will be payable directly to the hotel upon arrival.

If you prefer not to share, a limited number of single rooms are available for which CEF will cover 50% ($105) of the cost for one night, the balance will be payable directly to the hotel upon arrival.

  • Discounted parking is available at $20 per night/day
  • Full buffet breakfast available at $20pp


When:  9am-5pm, Saturday 23rd November 2019
Where: F23 Administration Building, Camperdown (University of Sydney)
What’s on?

09.00 – Conference opens

Positive Partnerships – Rick Whaite

University Pathways and Widening Participation – Dr Samantha McMahon

Community Engagement and Impact – Dr Pip Southwell

Social Media Marketing Magic – Lynsey Fraser

           CEF Marketing & Fundraising Online Resource – CEF

Roundtable Discussions
Grant writing and submission tips, Community Engagement, Finance & Governance, Marketing & Media, Events

Open Forum/Q&A

Katie Walker Outstanding Service Awards

17.00 – Conference Closes


RSVP:  via the online link below

Please also join us...

Friday from 17:30:
Join us for a casual drink at Rowleys Bar, Rydges Camperdown

Saturday 18:00-20:00: RSVP HERE
Alumni Awards Evening at The Grandstand, University of Sydney

Our presenters

Rick Whaite

National Marketing and Partnerships Manager, Alinta Energy

Rick’s role as national marketing and partnerships manager for Alinta Energy involves working with communities to support and expand the rapidly growing presence of Alinta in Australia’s energy market.
Rick’s specialty areas of commercial strategy for brand growth include brand development, sales success, team leadership and stakeholder management to produce sizeable market share and profit growth.

Dr Sam McMahon

Academic Fellow, The University of Sydney

Sam’s research stems from her studies of teaching, entering into the areas of sociology of education, medicalisation of child behaviour, pre-service teacher epistemology, inclusive education and teacher education.
Sam is leading a research project to discuss the impacts of a ‘gap year’ on university attendance. The Re-inventing The Gap Year research project was successfully launched in October with the support of CEF and includes input from our supported students and alumni.

Lynsey Fraser

Director, FloSocial

Lynsey is unashamedly a devoted data nerd when it comes to all things social media marketing.
She helps business all over the world with building a successful social media strategy; up-skilling teams on social media marketing; complex advertising campaigns including tracking and analytics; and project or marketing plan consultation.
Lynsey has recently worked with CEF to assist with social media marketing and communications structures, and we’re most excited to be passing on her knowledge in our new CEF Marketing and Fundraising Resource.

Dr Pip Southwell

Lecturer in Rural Health, Three Rivers UDRH, CSU

Pip has completed a B Medical Science (Hons) through CSU, specialising in Clinical Physiology.
She has a keen interest in facilitating student transition into study through individualised support and mentoring as well as the development of the core academic skills required to be successful at University.
Pip's role at Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health involves the development and implementation Pathways and Student Support programs.

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