Plenary session

Official Conference Opening

Wednesday 28 August 2019
8.30am – 9.15am

Official Conference Opening

Welcome to Country—Larrakia Nation
The Larrakia people are the Aboriginal traditional owners of all land and waters of the greater Darwin area including identified Aboriginal living areas.

Welcome by Conference Conveners—Adrian Harrington and Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI
Chair of the AHURI Board, Adrian Harrington and AHURI Executive Director, Dr Michael Fotheringham will offer a welcome to NHC delegates and share their hopes and key priorities for the conference.

Official Conference Opening Address—Hon Gerald McCarthy MP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development (NT)
To set the scene for the first ever conference in the NT, the Minister will speak to the Territory Labor Government’s priorities around jobs, housing and improving economic opportunities for communities in the Territory.

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Keynote presenters

Hon Gerald McCarthy MP
Northern Territory Minister, Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development NT
Gerry McCarthy is the Local Member for the regional and remote electorate of Barkly and currently Northern Territory Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development and Minister for Public Employment. He believes that go... view


Adrian Harrington
Chairperson—Independent, AHURI Board
Adrian Harrington is Head of Capital & Product Development at Charter Hall. He has more than 25 years of experience in the funds management and real estate industries. Adrian is a Non-Executive Director of the National Housing Finance and Investme... view
Dr Michael Fotheringham
Executive Director, AHURI
Michael is a research and policy development specialist with experience in a wide range of areas including housing and homelessness, public health, urban and community services planning. After joining the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in 2014, he w... view