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 Kevin Mack, Mayor of Albury City and Ms Anna Speedie, Mayor of Wodonga Council who will present on ‘Two Cities One Community’.
The cross-border Cities of Albury NSW and Wodonga Victoria – have signed off on a historic partnership agreement creating a unique opportunity to improve integration, productivity and social and economic development in both cities and their regions.
This is a community led initiative and our community does not necessarily see a border. They cross a river to go to work, share facilities, venues, infrastructure and services. They expect leaders to adopt a regional perspective and advocate to state and federal governments on issues that impact their day to day lives.
Through a combined focus on four key pillars: leadership, economy, environment and community, we will unleash our potential and drive for innovation for the benefit of the region and the nation.
With an abundance of high quality, competitively priced residential and commercial land, first class road, rail, air freight and passenger networks to connect business to their major markets, both nationally and internationally – Albury Wodonga is primed to attract new and existing business investment.
The immediate priorities of Two Cities – One Community, will aim to establish a dedicated business unit to identify the social and economic impact of cross border anomalies and research the potential for a special economic zone. The partnership, strategies, business and action plans offer a model for regional development that encompasses community driven initiatives, government policy impacts, investment attraction, regional liveability and planning innovation.
Kevin Mack, Mayor of Albury City, is a mover a shaker who advocates for regional city living. As the chair of NSW Inland Forum; Evocities Steering Committee; and Riverina and Murray Region Organisation of Councils, Kevin passionately supports a collaborative approach to regional development as a solution to governments’ capital city infrastructure strains. Kevin has been a Victorian Policeman for past 40 years. He was the founder of Youth Albury Wodonga wilderness therapy project, was the 2010 Albury Citizen of the Year, 2007 Police Youth Officer of the Year and has received a Paul Harris Fellow for his work with young people.
Cr Anna Speedie has been a councillor since 2005 and became Mayor for the first time in 2015. The development of Junction Place, the central business district and Logic are high priorities for Cr Speedie, along with attracting services and businesses that create new jobs and opportunities for the city. She is the director for a family business that manages a small portfolio of commercial properties across the state. She has more than a decade of experience in private commercial and land development, business development and management. She has worked in the private sector in high-level management in corporate accounting, international marketing, international medium-sized business and executive level in education. Cr Speedie is on the executive of Regional Cities Victoria, and on the executive of Regional Capitals Australia. By invitation, participated in Minister Natalie Hutchins’ mayoral advisory panel for review of local government, on the technical working group for policy development for rural and regional councils and the Regional Jobs and Investment Package Committee. She is also a member of the Tennis Victoria Board.
For more information on the 2018 Australian Regional Development Conference this September and to secure your spot, please visit regionaldevelopment.org.au