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Great South Coast Speaker Series

Speakers surround region with inspiration

News Article Date: 
Friday, 14 June 2019

Grand Slam tennis champion, Paralympian and media personality Dylan Alcott will be in Warrnambool as part of the Great South Coast Speaker Series on October 8, with tickets now on sale.

The inaugural series will see inspirational people from athletes to entrepreneurs share insights and advice gleaned from their extraordinary lives.

Other confirmed speakers include 2018 Victorian of the Year Susan Alberti AC, leading business and retail expert Martin Ginnane, food writer Richard Cornish and Brae owner/chef Dan Hunter.

Martin Ginnane will speak at the Killara Centre in Camperdown on August 6, Richard Cornish and Dan Hunter will both be at Noodledoof Brewing Co in Koroit on September 11 while Susan Alberti AC speak at the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool on November 21.

Warrnambool City Council Manager Economic Development Shaun Miller said that he was delighted to be able to secure all five speakers for the series.

“While the Victorian Government’s Small Business Festival will no longer run, we were very eager to expand on one of the festival’s most popular aspects – high profile guest speakers – so the idea of the Great South Coast Speaker Series was born,” he said.

“While they have taken different journeys and have different areas of expertise, all speakers in the series will offer guidance to help you achieve your goals, whatever they might be.”

The Great South Coast Speaker Series is a partnership between the Warrnambool City, Moyne and Corangamite Shire Councils made possible with funding from Small Business Victoria.

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About the speakers

Dylan Alcott
Born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, Dylan Alcott overcame a three-year battle to survive and has been achieving ever since.
Dylan was the youngest member of Australia’s gold medal winning basketball team in the Beijing Paralympics before turning his attention to tennis.
Since 2015 he has won eight Grand Slam singles titles as well as gold in both singles and doubles at the Rio De Janeiro Paralympics.

Susan Alberti AC
Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career. 
Susan developed a passion for medical research when her only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s. Danielle tragically died from the complications arising from the chronic disease.
Susan is Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation and has also held positions on numerous other boards, including serving as vice-president of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.
She was also crucial in founding the AFLW and in 2018, was named Victorian of the Year.

Martin Ginnane
Martin brings years of experience in domestic and international retail, business development and client engagement.
As the first ever Retail Industry Specialist for the Victorian Government, Martin spent 17 years developing Melbourne and Victoria’s reputation as a strong and vibrant retail and fashion destination by attracting international brands to invest in the state.
Prior to this Martin held roles such as Deputy Managing Director of Downtown Duty Free and has been actively involved in delivering major promotional events including Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Dan Hunter
Before opening his own venture in Birregurra, Dan’s career took him around the globe and into the kitchens of some of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants, including an appointment as Head Chef at Mugaritz, Spain.
On returning to Australia, Dan spent six years leading the kitchen of Dunkeld’s Royal Mail Hotel, where he developed his first intensive organic kitchen garden program and took the establishment to its Three-Hat status.
Dan was named Chef of the Year 2012 and 2016 in The Age Good Food Guide; Chef of the Year 2016 in Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine; and Top Chef 2016 and 2017 in The Australian Financial Review’s Top Restaurants Awards.

Richard Cornish
A former comedy writer and TV producer Richard found his calling in writing about food, where it comes from, how it is grown and how it enjoyed.
He was cast as the acclaimed commentator on the 7 Network series Iron Chef Australia and is a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Gourmet Traveller Magazine. 
Richard has written four cook books on Spanish cuisine with Spanish born chef Frank Camorra along with another cookbook on Spanish food and one on Mexican food.

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