Australian Regional Development Conference

Shaping Regional Development

The 2016 Australian Regional Development Conference – Planning, Participation and Progress – wrapped up after two days of presentations, discussion and networking. Feedback from the delegates was excellent with many commenting on the high standard of the speakers, the broad depth of topics, a good balance of theory and practical examples in addition to the opportunity of networking with like-minded cohorts.

The conference, opened by Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories and Regional Communications included speakers on innovation, employment, tourism, governance, community development, environment, planning and design. In his closing summary, Conference Committee Chair Tony McBurney presented a mind map outlining the key outcomes over the two days focused on the key issues of sustainable regional development.

Common threads throughout the conference included:

  • Importance of collaboration
  • Similar issues arise across all regional areas
  • Data is a key component
  • Focus on leveraging our regional balance sheet
  • Look at what we ‘do’ have rather than what we ‘don’t’
  • Our social capital provides great opportunity
  • Change is inevitable

In 2017, the conference will include an Awards presentation for innovation in Economic Development; Planning and Building; Environment and Sustainability; Community Development; and Leadership. Applications for entry are open now.

The Conference Committee would like to thank our keynote and panel speakers, oral and poster presenters and session chairs for their valuable contribution to the discussion and debate.


Who Should Attend?

This Conference is designed for individuals and representatives from organisations with an academic, business or professional interest in regional development. It will appeal in particular to:

  • Federal Government inter-agency representatives
  • State Government representatives
  • Local Government representatives including CEO, General Managers, Mayors and Elected Officials
  • Economic and Community Development Managers and Groups
  • Sustainability and Environment Groups
  • Organisations representing indigenous affairs
  • Town Planners, Architects, Builders, Project Managers and Engineers
  • Chamber of Commerce, RDA and Economic Development Groups
  • Banking, Finance and others interested in Economic Development
  • Academics and Researchers, Education Bodies
  • Local Business Owners and Managers
  • Resource Sector, Tourism Operators and Agricultural bodies

Conference Committee

2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Thank you to previous years’ sponsors and exhibitors

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