Australian Regional Development Conference

Regional Development in a Changing World

The 4th Australian Regional Development Conference was held at Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort from 11-12 September 2017 and featured an inspirational and educational program of over 60 keynote and concurrent presenters who discussed regional and rural Australian population trends, environment, economy, business and community development.

The 2017 Conference provided a platform for academics, practitioners, policy makers, community leaders and Australia’s quiet achievers to discuss the advancement of economic and social outcomes, examine regional inequality and provide a pathway to discuss the challenges, opportunities and the future of Regional Australia. The 2017 program represented the breadth of topic areas and key insights of specialist speakers who provided a source of both critical and informative understanding of regional development issues.

The 4th Australian Regional Development Conference Committee would like to thank those who participated in this year’s event; especially the speakers who provided beneficial, powerful and thought-provoking presentations, our Sponsors and Partners, the Program Advisory Committee and our Delegates. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated and we are looking forward to welcoming you all back next year.

The Resource Centre will be available shortly for all Conference Delegates. This will include podcasts of the presentations, photos and PowerPoint presentations. Please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat should you have any questions.

2018 Conference dates will be announced shortly.

2017 Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Keynotes

  • Mr Jack Archer, CEO, Regional Australia Institute
  • Cr Col Murray, Deputy Chair, Regional Capitals Australia & Mayor, Tamworth Regional Council
  • Ms Suzette Jackson, Executive Director, Bioregional Australia
  • Ms Melina Morrison, CEO, Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals
  • Ms Lorraine Gordon, Project Director, Farm Co-operatives & Collaboration
  • Ms Kerry Anderson, Director, KA Rural Enterprises
  • Ms Wendy Mason, General Manager, Western Research Institute
  • Professor John Hicks, Professor of Economics, School of Accounting and Finance, Charles Sturt University and Member, Institute for Land Water & Society
  • Mr Will Rayner, CFO, Rural Bank

Invited Keynotes

  • Minister John Barilaro, Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW, Minister for Skills, Minister for Small Business, NSW Government

Leaders of Regional Australia: disrupting and rethinking our approach to the regions

Panel Discussion

  • Mr Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (Chair)
  • Mr Jack Archer, CEO, Regional Australia Institute
  • Ms Robbie Sefton, Founder & Managing Director, Seftons
  • Dr Scott Davis, Former Director, Greater Northern Australia Regional Training Nework (GNARTN)

Topics included:

  • Engagement and innovation
  • Natural resource management including water management
  • Planning and building with focus on small inland town, regional cities and coastal developments
  • Food and agriculture
  • Tourism and events
  • Renewable energy and energy supply
  • Economic development of major regional industries including agriculture and mining
  • Community service delivery with a focus on health, housing access, aged care and medical services
  • Employment – job creation, skilled migration and unemployment
  • Education and training – regional universities and vocational training
  • Government – policy, funding and evaluation
  • Infrastructure and transport – road freight, rail, shipping and ports, regional airports/airlines
  • Digital – broadband technology
  • Banking and Finance

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

Comments are closed