Creating Sustainable Rural Communities

Creating Sustainable Rural Communities is about building socially cohesive communities with sustainable economies that allow universal access to amenities and attract and retain skilled people, who equipped to contribute to future growth and development.

Drought, environment, globalisation, population shifts and a changing economy have had their impact on rural communities. But some small and medium size Australian towns are thriving.

Robyn Otley’s family, and about another 30, has built their new house at the Temora Airpark Estate. Each house has an aircraft hanger out the back where people keep their small planes. If they want to fly, it’s just a matter of walking out the back door and off you go.

The airpark is Temora’s point of difference; a deliberate strategy to attract aviation enthusiasts. These new residents bring new skills; new industries and more importantly new rates that the council wants to improve services.

Temora’s economy is still based on agriculture, but like so many small to medium-sized towns, the local council has realised that to survive it must diversify.

Thankfully some country towns are helping themselves and by doing that they’re becoming a role model for other communities who want to follow their lead.

David  Mark ABC’s Radio, Current Affairs unit. Hear the whole story 4 July 2012

 Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on sustainable developments in rural and regional communities. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

Small and Medium towns that are thriving – please tell us your story. Whether it has been about creating a tourism event, an industry or enterprise, transport hub or any point of diference we’d like to hear your success story.

Call for papers – there will be a sustainability stream at the conference, would you like to speak?

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: [email protected] URL: