The 2018 Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW over 17-18 September.

Joining us at the conference is Mr Nick Cleary, Chairman & CEO at Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA) who will present on The CLARA Plan – SMART Cities and High-Speed Rail’.


Nick Cleary

CLARA is proposing to build eight new regional, compact, sustainable, SMART cities and connect them by the world’s most advanced high-speed rail between Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
In March 2018 CLARA was successful in the Federal Government’s Faster Rail Initiative. Through this, CLARA will be completing a $16m Strategic Business case, with the Australian Government, for two new SMART, Sustainable, greenfield cities connected by high speed rail to Melbourne’s CBD. The CLARA consortium has already started work and aims to have completed their strategic business case by early 2019.


Nick Cleary – Chairman and CEO Mr. Cleary’s background is in a range of fields including agri-business, financial services and real estate. Nick founded CLARA and subsidiary Infrastructure Corporation Australia (2011) to seek out new infrastructure opportunities to be supported by the private sector including High Speed Rail and Inland City Development. Nick is passionate about regional Australia and about rebalancing the Australian settlement. Australia has to manage an actively growing population and Nick, through CLARA, is investigating new economic models to ensure infrastructure and land use are aligned in future growth plans.

For more information on the 2018 Australian Regional Development Conference this September and to secure your spot, please visit


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