The Theme of High Tea & Business Bubbles 2023 is ... Biodiversity!

Using our influence to make the world a better place – with Erchana Murray-Bartlett.

Using storytelling and hilarious personal anecdotes, Erchana will inspire and encourage you to use your influence to make the world a better place.

Sponsored by The City of Gold Coast

Earlier this year Erchana broke the Guinness World Record by running 150 marathons in 150 days from Cape York to Melbourne. She raised over $140,000 for Australian biodiversity and the whole mission has been made into a full-length film. Erchana’s mission is to inspire people from all over the world to lace up and explore their own backyards, creating a connection with nature that will hopefully foster a greener future for generations to come. 

Check out the One Five Zero Official Trailer below! –  

Now Erchana aims to combine her message with the City of Gold Coast’s goal of making our city the greenest in Australia.  

Sponsored by the City of Gold Coast’s “Our Natural City” Strategy and along with our Annual sponsor Griffith University, Erchana will be joined onstage by Desiree Mclean and Professor Catherine Pickering to discuss what we can do to make our city greener and contribute to biodiversity.  

This event will launch us into Spring with a focus on making our surroundings greener, healthier and more natural.

Erchana will be joined onstage by:

Desiree McLean

Coordinator – Strategic Programs
City of Gold Coast

Desirée McLean is the Coordinator Strategic Programs for Our Natural City Strategy at City of Gold Coast. With a background in strategic planning, environmental science, program management and stakeholder engagement, Desirée is passionate about delivering great outcomes for the natural environment and working alongside the many incredible people contributing to these outcomes. 

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Professor Catherine Pickering

School of Environment and Science 
Griffith University

Professor Catherine Pickering from the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University is an ecologist with over 330 publications and numerous awards. As part of her research, community service and teaching she is focused on the conservation of biodiversity, enhancing engagement with nature and exploring more sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by people and biodiversity in cities such as the Gold Coast.

High Tea & Business Bubbles

Wednesday 18 October at RACV Royal Pines