ALMOST 2500 people gathered at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre this week for the Australian Cotton Conference with industry members from across Australia and overseas in attendance for the three day event.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and lockdowns, this is the first time since 2018 that Cotton Australia and Australian Cotton Shippers Association have been able to host the biennial event.
Cotton Australia board member and event chair Hamish McIntyre said the COVID-related cancellations only amplified the excitement for this year’s event which brought with it a chance to share information and collaborate.
“It is about time we got together and it is the sort of industry that likes to get together,” Mr McIntyre said.
“We are going to have so many people here from across the whole supply chain, from farmers and farm workers right through to brands and retailers.”
Spinners and fabric makers are also in attendance to further broaden the scope of the conference from the textiles aspect, and international delegates have also been welcomed.
“There are people from as far away as Pakistan, Bangladesh, the US, London.
“It is really a testament to the industry and the way we work together that we can all sit at a conference like this.”
Centre around the theme “Here for Good”, the broad program looks into aspects including cutting-edge cotton science, contributions to the economy and regional communities, and resilience in the face of many recent challenges.
Author and business leader Lucy Bloom and Olympian Steven Bradbury opened the program, which includes 150 speakers from across the supply chain
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