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Lucas Patchett – Orange Sky Laundry

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EREA Business Managers National Forum

The 2016 EREA Business Managers’ National Forum was held in Richmond from June 29 to July 1. This year’s theme was Leadership in the 21st Century. Around 60 Business Managers, EREA Staff and sponsors were in attendance.

A number of informative speakers addressed the Forum with an emphasis on identifying, understanding and embracing economic and social trends.

  • Economist Alan Oster from the National Australia Bank provided an overview of current economic conditions and predicted where things will change in the future;

  • Social researcher Eliane Miles led a workshop on communication, motivation and leadership strategies particularly in regard to our ever-changing social and economic environment: and

  • The 2016 Young Australians of the Year, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett (past students from St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace) spoke about what inspired them to start the Orange Sky Laundry and the effect it has had on their lives and on the lives of the homeless people who use the laundry service.
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Eliane Miles 

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Alan Oster

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