Conference Program Information


We are pleased to announce the 2019 Destination Phillip Island Conference will be held on Tuesday 3rd September at the all new Penguin Parade Theatre.

More information to be released in June 2019



The Destination Phillip Island Annual Conference is on Tuesday 18th September 2018 at The Shearing Shed.


Join local industry, Destination Phillip Island Board members, representatives from local and state government for a day of learnings and networking at our premier event for the year.


Our key note speaker is Steve Sammartino one Australia’s most respected futurists and business technologists. He has an incredible ability to make sense of how emerging technology applies to industry.

Beau Vernon will present his story of overcoming adversity.

And a range of key speakers will provide insight and learnings for small to large business.



This years  we are heading to  The Shearing Shed with its stunning transformation of that classic Aussie icon – the ironclad shed. … Think a rustic, romantic, elegantly decorated space with clever original features like exposed roof trusses, corrugated iron and timber.
For more information visit The Shearing Shed




Graze with us for lunch with The Pantry Phillip Island . They have taken great care to select the best produce they can find to create the most delicious grazing tables, platters and takaway boxes. The Pantry use regional produce where possible and freshest ingredients. All grazing experiences include cheese, cured meats , local sourdough, crackers, lavosh, fresh dried fruit, pickles nuts and olives.
For more information visit  The Pantry Phillip Island



Enjoy Sunset drinks and canapes after the conference (one complimentary sunset drink per ticket) with us. Start creating opportunities, make new connections and some new friends while promoting your business.


We are building a program of great speakers to inform, inspire and provide insights useful for small to large business.


Speaker Profiles

Steve Sammartino                 KEY NOTE SPEAKER 

Steve wrote his first lines of computer code at age 10, and is one of Australia’s most respected futurists. A media commentator, Steve is the technology reporter for ABC Radio National and the in house futurist for 3AW and providing expert assessment on the rapidly evolving technology sector. His breadth of experience gives him an uncanny ability to make sense of how technology is shaping society and the economy Steve started his career in the corporate world working marketing for fortune 500 firms, culminating in positions at director level. He has had multiple tech startups and he launched one of the first ‘Sharing Economy’ startups, sold to a public company. He now invests in emerging technologies and has multiple advisory board positions. He also done some crazy projects including building a full size drivable car entirely out of Lego. Built with 500,000 pieces it has an engine made of lego and runs on air. He is the author of 2 best selling books on the technology revolution, his latest – ‘The Lessons School Forgot’ – is a manifesto on how to future proof your life and thrive in the technology era.



Beau Vernon
Beau Vernon is a Pride of Australia Medal holder, awarded to him for his outstanding contribution to the community despite living with the constant challenge of Quadriplegia. A passionate sportsman, Beau was left wheelchair bound at just 23 when a game of Australian Rules football went horribly wrong. Beau spent 8 months in hospital undergoing rigorous rehabilitation, facing multiple physical and mental challenges. He was determined, and focused on having an exceptional life regardless of the disability, which required unwavering strength and belief. Beau has proven himself to be an exceptional young man inspiring people in his community as a motivating and successful Senior football coach, surfer, hand cycling champion, husband and now father. Champions come in many different forms and Beau is a champion whose journey has changed his life, the lives of his community and audiences who listen to his unbelievable story of hope and happiness.


Natasha Menon

Natasha Menon draws on a unique combination of global, entrepreneurial, corporate and agency experience to distill problems into workable challenges. With Master of Marketing under her belt, over the past 13 years Natasha has led and consulted on strategic brand, creative, partnership and event projects for International high-profile chefs, luxury hotels, world renowned restaurants and high-end events across Australia, London, Singapore, Tokyo and Jakarta.

Globally the freelance economy is shifting how we work, when we work and why we work. This has resulted in Natasha’s latest venture – MASH Brands, a creative marketing platform that was born at the crossroads of two insights which she had personally experienced.




Paul Matthews


Paul was appointed as the Head of Regional Tourism and Strategy for Visit Victoria in November 2017. He has been involved with the tourism and transport sectors for over 25 years with qualifications in Business, Special Event Management, Public Relations and Marketing.

Visit Victoria is the State’s primary tourism, business and major events company that leads the sector in creating, curating and communicating Victoria’s inspiring experiences to maximise visitation.





Lauren Barker 

Founder Plastic Free Phillip Island & San Remo

Lauren is a passionate advocate for protecting our environment from human impacts. Born with an affinity for the natural world, she is on a mission to work towards mitigating the effects of consumerism and overconsumption on our planet. Alarmed by the scourge of plastic in our oceans, she felt that her home, Phillip Island, well known for surfing reserves and marine life, should also be recognised for protecting its unique biodiversity from plastic pollution.

Lauren founded Plastic Free Phillip Island & San Remo with a group of volunteers in 2017. The group wanted to provide a collective voice for past conservation efforts, inspire and unite current plastic reduction initiatives and help grow a community dedicated to improving the health of our oceans.

The group educate and empower the community to choose reusable alternatives to single-use plastics, and provide tools and support to assist local businesses to make these positive changes. They are working with plastic reduction initiatives Responsible Cafes, Straw No More and Westernport Water’s Choose Tap to achieve this.


Catherine Basterfield  CEO Phillip Island Nature Parks

Catherine will share the latest updates from strategy to the new building and what 2019 will bring





Paul Buckley  CEO Bass Coast Shire Council 

Paul will provide an update on the significant investments and key plans by Council to support the local economy.

Paul holds a Graduate Diploma of Business Management from Monash University and has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University. He has also completed the Colloquium through the Cranlana Programme and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. A proven manager, leader and motivator, Paul is a member of Local Government Managers Australia and the International City and County Managers Association. In addition, Paul holds positions on a variety of community committees. In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Paul was awarded the Public Service Medal for his outstanding public service and sustained leadership to the local community.



Tom Chappel

Business Development, Pacific – STR

With a passion for hospitality industry analytics, Tom Chappel assists with the expansion of STR’s operations across regional Australia to activate meaningful performance data for the tourism and hospitality sector.

Tom frequently presents to regional operators, updating on recent trends and explaining the value of benchmarking and understanding market performance.

STR track supply and demand data for the hospitality industry and here in Australia produce the Australian Accommodation Monitor supported by AUSTRADE. This provides valuable market share analysis for accommodation operators, investment companies and agencies across the globe.


Glenn Buesnel-May

Glenn Buesnel-May is Monarch Institute’s trainer in New Small Business and Leadership & Management courses.
Glenn has extensive experience working with small businesses and larger organisations developing leadership and management. He has worked in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Officer and later specialised in Education and Training, as a trainer, assessor and executive.





Susan Davies          Energy Innovation Co-op


More to come……………..




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Conference  Prices

Early Bird Conference Rate – $140.00
(ticket includes Full Day Program, Lunch, Morning/Afternoon tea and one complimentary Sunset drink with canapes)

Conference Full Rate  – $170.00


General Conference Information

When: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Time: 8.30am Arrival 9am start  -7.30pm
Venue: The Shearing Shed
116 Gap Rd, Cowes


For more information contact:
Pauleen Boulton
Tourism Development Coordinator
T: 03 5952 2729