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Regional Cooperation & Development Forum

REGIONS ARE DYNAMIC, MOVING THROUGH BOOM AND BUST CYCLES AND TIMES OF GROWTH AND DECLINE.

WITH CASE STUDIES AND FACILITATED HYPOTHETICAL SESSIONS AND Q&A PANELS OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS, THIS YEAR’S FORUM FOCUSES ON 2 MAIN THEMES:


BOOM OR BUST: THE REGIONAL YO-YO DIET
The rising pressures of rapidly growing regions, and those in decline, who are the winners and losers and how it relates to housing, youth, immigration and social cohesion, the impact of drought, funding and resilience.


CONNECTED COMMUNITIES
Digital readiness, the importance of social connectivity in a digital world, transport linkages and the challenges of digital demography with large, geographically-dispersed communities.

 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAM

 

SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2019
8.00am Registration Opens
9.30am Welcome to Country
Wally Bell
9.40am ALGA President's Opening
9.50am Keynote Address: Gretel Killeen — Personal experiences in our regions, setting the scene and hypothetical introduction
10.05am Hypothetical: Boom or Bust: the Regional Yo-Yo Diet Examining regional growth and decline related to social cohesion, settlement, impacts of drought and funding
11.15am MORNING TEA
11.45am Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government Address
12.00pm Q&A Panel
How regional leaders are tackling real problems in our rural and regional communities
12.45pm State of the Regions Report Launch
1.15pm LUNCH
2.15pm Connected Communities
Exploring digital readiness telecommunications, transport, youth projects and successful Local Government initiatives
3.30pm AFTERNOON TEA
4:00pm Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
4:15pm Closing remarks