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Regenerating Australia



"What would Australia look like in 2030 if we listened to the needs of its people?"

Please join us for our very important film event "Regenerating Australia" with special guests Professor Tim Flannery, Paige Burton, Kevin Sweeney and Terry Lane.

Damon Gameau and the team behind 2040 and That Sugar Film present Regenerating Australia.

Set on New Year's Eve of December 2029, a news anchor is ending the nightly bulletin with a look back at the decade 'that could be’. A decade that saw Australia transition to a fairer, cleaner, more community focused economy. The film is a construction of news reports and press conferences featuring real journalists, politicians, business leaders and citizens.

Produced in partnership with WWF-Australia, Regenerating Australia is set on New Year’s Eve 2029 and takes the form of a news bulletin looking back at the decade ‘that could be’. A decade that saw Australia transition to a fairer, cleaner, more community-focused economy.

Featuring Kerry O’Brien, Gorgi Coghlan, Sandra Sully, Tim Flannery, Larissa Behrendt, David Pocock and other well-known voices, the film is based on a four-month ‘listening campaign’ with a diverse group of Australians who shared their hopes and dreams for the country’s future.

It is a new story for our nation: a story of empowerment.

A story of solutions. A story of regeneration.


This important event is not only about the film itself. Joining us makes you an actor in the opportunity to create the change we all so desperately need. You will hear from experts in their fields, you will hear about the passion required to create change. Just being there makes you part of the solution.

This is a very important event. To add to the sense of occasion it is catered by CIVIC KITCHEN AND CATERING. Civic Kitchen & Catering is proud to provide employment opportunities and skills training to people with disability. Importantly being true to our ethos of inclusion, the event is free so there is no financial barrier to attendance. The venue is fully accessible.

It is most likely that by the time we have our event the election will have been called, this will amplify our message about creating change from our grassroots movement. People over the priorities of vested interests. It will be an informative event, it will also be a social event to get to know the many people already involved in creating change in Hughes. Read on to learn more about the event and our excellent panellists.

Regenerating Australia is a 17-minute short film based on a four-month interview process with a diverse group of Australians who shared their hopes and dreams for the country's future. It is a new story for our nation: a story of empowerment. A story of solutions. A story of regeneration.

Linda's campaign has been about solutions, not fear. This film gives a glimpse of what the world could look like if we act now on ways of solving problems rather than politicising and ignoring science and solutions. It is an uplifting film that will have you leaving the event feeling full of optimism about how the world can look if we find the political will to create the pathway to a better future.

Our guest panellists Prof Tim Flannery - former Hughes resident

Professor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, Professor Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007.

Professor Flannery has held various academic positions including Professor at the University of Adelaide, director of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum and Visiting Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

Paige Burton - Hughes resident

Paige Burton is the Director of Civic and Cultural Engagement at the Foundation for Young Australians. She has experience working as a campaign messaging and communications expert across multiple non-profits, international NGOs, and government. Paige has addressed the United Nations General Assembly on multiple occasions. In 2017, as The Australian Youth Representative to the UN, she ran the largest ever face-to-face consultation of young Australians. In 2015, and 2016, Paige was named by Pro Bono Australia as the youngest member of the 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector list. In 2020, Paige co-founded Find a Bed Australia, helping to find hundreds of fire-affected families, their pets and livestock somewhere safe to stay. Paige has served as a Director on the boards of UN Youth Australia, People With Disability Australia, Pain Australia, and the Melbourne University Social Equity Institute.

Terry Lane - his home was once in Hughes till the boundary changed!

Terry Lane was the Men's Group co-ordinator at Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation. He is an accomplished artist and musician. He has studied Bush Tucker and Medicine.

Kevin Sweeney

Kevin Sweeney is the Amnesty International Regional President for NSW, Convenor of the National Amnesty Refugee Network, and Convenor of the Newcastle Amnesty Group. He is a retired General Practitioner and a firm believer in the importance of defending human rights as a means of creating a more just society. He is particularly passionate about ending offshore and indefinite immigration detention and ending the inappropriate incarceration of children in our justice system.

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. We recommend booking early to secure your place. Reserve your place here: REGENERATING AUSTRALIA - SPECIAL FILM EVENT | Linda Seymour

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