A feature of the Wheatbelt Conference in York last month was a number of displays by businesses and organizations providing goods and services to local government and rural communities in general.

Those present included, Cardno, CY O’Connor Institute, Bendigo Bank York, Heartlands WA Inc and Avon Tourism Inc.

The event on April 3 and 4 brought together about 150 decision makers from government and non-government organisations interested in the development of the Wheatbelt. It focused on the use of technology to take advantage of worldwide business opportunities and publicity.

Conference sessions were in the York Recreation and Convention Centre and the conference dinner in the York town hall. It was opened by York Shire president, Cr Matthew Reid, on the Thursday followed by a keynote address by Mark McCrindle a social analyst renowned for tracking global change and analysing social trends.

Later in the afternoon, there was a talk on optimising an online presence, by entrepreneur Yvette Adams. Other addresses included those on using apps to improve business performance and making an online business work.

There was a wheatbelt zone challenge in lawn bowls at the end of the first day leading in to the conference dinner in the evening.

1077: At the display shared by CY O'Connor Institute  and York and Districts Community Bank (L-R): Managing director of C Y O'Connor Institute, John Scott, director of the higher education project at Muresk, Professor Christine Storer and bank chairman Lindsay McNeill.