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2013 Regional Cooperation and Development Forum

Regional Cooperation and Development Forum
Regional Development: It's Time to Innovate
Sunday 16 June 2013, National Convention Centre Canberra

Includes the launch of the 2013-14 State of the Regions Report

2013 presents significant opportunities for Australia's regions and the local government authorities governing those regions.

According to the 2012-13 State of the Regions Report - commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and prepared by National Economics - a new approach to regional development is required in order to address inequality across Australian regions exacerbated by the mining boom and patchwork economy. Local governments need to be involved in decisions concerning Commonwealth investment in regional infrastructure and development.

This year's Regional Cooperation and Development Forum will present the policy findings that build on the work commenced by National Economics in 2012 rethinking regional development. This work will incorporate the latest Census data and also examine the implications of how Australia is dealing with the ever growing threats arising from climate change and natural disasters.

The Forum will continue to allow the sharing of ideas and opportunities through both a mix of academic and practitioner insights, as well as hearing the latest positions from Commonwealth politicians and senior officials, including the Regional Australia Institute.

Provisional Program

9:30 am  Welcome: ALGA President, Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis
9:35 am Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP (invited)
10:00am Key Note address: Professor John Martin, Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, La Trobe University Local Governance and Sustainable Rural Community Development: A Comparative Study of Canadian and Australian Experiences
10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am State of the Regions Launch: Regional Development - It's Time to Innovate
11:30am Regional Development Australia Update
12:00pm Lunch
1:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION - regional implications of managing natural disasters
2:30 pm Afternoon Tea
3:00 pm Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water, Senator Barnaby Joyce (invited)
3:30 pm Questions and wrap-up
4:00 pm Close

Regional Forum Registration is $395 (INC GST) or $195 when you also register to attend the National General Assembly.

Regional Forum Program and Guide

The Regional Forum Program and Guide Brochure can be downloaded here.