Buttrose visits Broken Hill
Monday, 19th August, 2013
By Erica Visser
Legendary journalist and Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose will touch down in the city this week.
Buttrose, who was the founding editor of iconic women’s magazine Cleo, will be a keynote speaker at a major school principals conference in the city on Thursday and Friday.
On Friday morning, she will also hold leadership sessions with local high school students.
Former rugby league footballer and coach Wayne Peace will also speak at the conference, which would be held at the Civic Centre.
Morgan Street Primary School Principal Chris Dougherty said that it was the first time the annual Primary Principals Association conference had been held in Broken Hill.
“Traditionally it is held more east of here where more schools are, such as Dubbo or Mudgee,” he said.
“About three years ago a couple of the Broken Hill principals suggested that we hold it here and it’s been two years of organisation.
“We’ve worked hard to get some quality keynote speakers.”
Mr Dougherty said that the target was to attract 100 principals to the city.
“We’ve already had 110 registrations and 11 major sponsors coming from all over NSW,” he said.
“We’ve called the conference “Journeys” because it’s a long way to get here from most places and we’re really pleased that principals are making the effort.”
Last year’s event was held at Orange and next year’s would be at Dubbo.
The event will kick off with welcome drinks at the Palace Hotel on Wednesday evening.