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Stan Grant to headline ChangeFest 2024

Callan Morse -

ChangeFest has announced Stan Grant will headline a list of national and international speakers at this year’s sixth event.

The three-day event, which promotes community-led movement for positive change will be held on Latji Latji country in Mildura, Victoria, from March 20 to 22.

Mr Grant will be joined by federal treasurer, Jim Chalmers, along with a raft of national and international guests who will discuss how they are leading change and addressing the issues that matter to them most, such as fairness, connection, and resilience.

Mr Grant will speak on day one ChangeFest with a keynote addressing the importance of using shared humanity to create a more just, truthful, and fair Australia into the future.

“We need new words and new ways for us to meet each other beyond our differences,” the Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi and Dharrawal man said.

“By bringing together communities from across Australia, First Nations and other Australians, in one place, together, by the rivers of Latji Latji and neighbouring Barkindji Country, ChangeFest is a place where we are unearthing some of the language and love we need.”

After being first involved with ChangeFest in 2018, treasurer Jim Chalmers will discuss the critical role the government plays in partnering with communities to create lasting positive change.

"We need to listen to and empower local leaders, work with communities and direct services in a way that meets their needs,” Mr Chalmers said.

“A national approach on its own will never be enough if we’re serious about addressing entrenched, community disadvantage. To make a meaningful change, we need to work together with state and local governments along with the philanthropic and business communities.”

ChangeFest Co-Convenors, Jane McCracken from Hands Up Mallee, Christine Cottrell from Connected Beginnings Mildura, and Anna Powell from Collaboration for Impact said they were “thrilled” to have the likes of Mr Grant and Mr Chalmers speaking at the 2024 event.

“We are thrilled the Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Stan Grant will join an extraordinary line-up of local, national and international speakers at ChangeFest24, together with hundreds of change-makers from around the country,” they said.

“ChangeFest shows that when we work together as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and allies, communities and government, young people, and elders, we can create stronger communities where people and places can thrive. 

“We especially wish to thank local Aboriginal Elders for their leadership and generosity in making ChangeFest24 happen.” 

The event will also see community leaders and collaborators share stories of successful change happening on a local level and what they say is needed to address the complexity of challenges faced by society.

Event organisers say throughout the three-day event, attendees are given the opportunity to connect and collaborate on how society can collectively address the challenges of our times, including better futures for children and young people, creating communities where everyone belongs and the increasing effects of climate change.

ChangeFest 2024 will be held from Wednesday 20 March to Friday 22 March at venues including Mildura Arts Centre, Power House, Mildura Bowls Club, Nowingi Place, Mildura Tennis Club, Rowing Club.

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