LA TROBE University Shepparton Campus together with the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation hosted the inaugural Fairley Lecture during the week, welcoming around 200 patrons to be presented to by ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott.
Last year, the Fairley Foundation initiated the Fairley Lecture to demonstrate cultural leadership in the community through a partnership between the Fairley Foundation and La Trobe University.
Mark Scott addressed the crowd about ABC’s future plans, its work in regional Australia and beyond the digital divide: The ABC in regional Australia.
In attendance at the event were special guests, Andrew Fairley of the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation as well as former local Shepparton resident and now partner of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Tim Mathieson.
Dr Elizabeth Lavender, La Trobe University Director of Shepparton Campus said that the popularity of the event had grown, with audience numbers increased by 25 per cent on the previous year.
“ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott AO, should be highly commended on providing valuable insights into the significant changes that have occurred over the recent years in the programming, content and accessibility of the ABC’s products, the extent to which that change has occurred and ABC’s commitment to continue to embrace the new media.”
“It was a great honour for Tim Mathieson to launch The Heinze School Music Program, an exciting new program of the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation. This further demonstrates the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation’s focus on promoting community change and personal growth through the funding of Goulburn Valley organisations and institutes to support community building projects specifically aimed at children, young people and leadership.”