Suncorp Bank to host ‘Weathering Change’ Forum in Roma

12 November 2014

Internationally renowned climatologist, Professor Roger Stone, will join emotional resilience expert, Dennis Hoiberg at Suncorp Bank’s ‘Weathering Change’ Forum on Thursday 20 November to provide local Roma residents expert information and practical advice in managing change and challenges. 

The free community event will see Climatology Professor Roger Stone from the University of Southern Queensland discuss recent weather and climate trends and events, his predictions for the future and provide tips on how to forecast the climate and incorporate this information into farm management decisions.

Professor Stone recently chaired an international gathering of climate experts in Geneva to discuss the overall impacts of weather on agriculture and will share some of his insights into this topic of immense interest, particularly for those on the land.

Emotional resilience specialist Dennis Hoiberg, from Lessons Learnt, has supported farmers, families, businesses and communities through enormous amounts of change and challenges including drought, bushfires and floods.

Mr Hoiberg focuses on developing the necessary strategies and skills to build personal resilience to deal with life’s challenges and reminding his audience of the important message to avoid trying to tough it out alone.

Suncorp Bank Regional Manager for Central and South West Queensland, David Littleproud, said the forum would provide an opportunity for the Roma community to come together, engage with high calibre speakers and ask questions about how to best manage both personal and business challenges, change and opportunities.

“We know change is a constant and that there are many things beyond anyone’s control, like the weather, but it’s important to be kept well informed and understand what you can control in order to build a plan to best deal with change and capitalise on the opportunities that present themselves,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Every generation of producers and businesses face their own set of challenges and opportunities, and at Suncorp Bank we know the importance of maintaining a long-term perspective,” he said.

“Helping our customers and clients to maintain this long-term outlook and develop both business and personal resilience is something we’re passionate about at Suncorp Bank.

“Aside from supporting their banking needs, we want to encourage them to look after their own wellbeing as a number one priority.

“Suncorp Bank has been supporting rural and regional communities since 1902, and we’re proud to continue supporting them with events like the upcoming ‘Weathering Change’ forum.” 

For more information or to register your attendance phone 07 4624 1032 or email


Media are invited to attend the event as follows: 
Thursday, 20 November 
2:30pm – 5.30pm 
Roma Bowls Club, 35 Lovell Street 
Media Inquiries: Ashleigh Paterson 0407 925 665 
About Suncorp: 
Suncorp Group includes leading general insurance, banking, life insurance and superannuation brands in Australia and New Zealand. The Group has 14,500 employees and relationships with nine million customers. Suncorp Group Limited is a Top 15 ASX-listed company with $94 billion in assets. Suncorp Bank is Australia’s leading regional bank servicing more than one million personal, SME and agribusiness customers.