Weigh into The Great Debate as part of National Science Week

What does the Australian $50 note and Collie’s ranking in the latest [IN]sight competitive index data have in common?

On Thursday, 16 August, at 7pm in the Performing Arts Centre, Collie is celebrating the launch of National Science Week with a tribute to the contributions made to science by our first peoples and a debate on eight cool ways science can benefit rural communities.

Organised by Operation Next Gen and the Ngalang Boodja Council with support from the Australian Government, this event will celebrate the past and focus on what are the hot opportunities for future careers and businesses in Collie.

According to the latest data, there are a healthy number of patents being lodged and a high number of people with science and engineering qualifications residing in Collie. But where can those skills be best employed as new industries emerge, and which industries are the best fit for Collie?

‘The Great Debate is for all ages,’ says Operation Next Gen Manager, Kerry Anderson. ‘This includes business people exploring new investment opportunities, young people deciding what career path to pursue in a rural community, and those looking to reskill or change career paths. A panel comprising business people and academics will explore a range of opportunities and may surprise us with their views.’

With health and technology being flagged as the two biggest career paths of the future, Brendan Murphy will be well placed to put forward his views.

A Year 12 student at Collie Senior High School and a resident of Allanson, Brendan is also founder of AMPLIFTS, an online fitness program and coaching business.

‘At 18 years of age, chances are Brendan will have a very different perspective to the other panellists who have interests in other areas such as agriculture, environment, forestry and the arts,’ Ms Anderson says.

‘Ultimately the audience will cast their vote to decide which panellist has the best proposition for Collie and there will be sure to be some seeds of ideas planted.’

‘We will also be inspired by the past,’ Ms Anderson adds. ‘How many people know about the achievements of indigenous inventor David Unaipon who is featured on our $50 note? Mila Foundation students have been working on telling the story of how our first peoples have contributed to science, something that is often overlooked in the history books.’

Free tickets to the event can be obtained through Eventbrite – 8 Ways Science Can Benefit Rural Communities.