20 Years Speaking Up for Regional Australia
Albany and the Great Southern WA will be the rallying point to celebrate 20 Years of Speaking up for Regional Australia. The Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference was established 20 years ago in response to the sense that the importance of regional Australia in the national agenda was not adequately considered when broader national policy was being formulated. SEGRA is now recognised as Australia’s most credible, independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia.
“It is important when shaping our national agenda that the place of rural, regional and remote Australia is considered. Regional Australia accounts economically for 1/3 of national output and represents a large portion of Australia’s land mass.” Said Ms Charters, Chair of the SEGRA National Steering Committee.
”In developing national and regional policy governments need to think about regions as places for people, regions as places for people’s endeavours and regions as places for resource optimisation and commercial innovation” said Ms Charters.
The SEGRA 2016 conference is a forum for people passionate about the future of regional Australia and a place where new ideas can be formed and shared.
Expert’s from across Australia will meet to discuss “what the economic and social effects of policy reforms fall on rural and regional Australia including how the effects of policy reform might impact differentially on metropolitan and rural and regional Australia”.
However, SEGRA is more than a think tank, participants will also be putting forward ways in which people living in regional Australia might act to facilitate the opportunities for people in regional Australia, in particular the unique regional advantages has in innovation, greenfield development, environmental stewardship, and community strength.
Hosted by Albany and the Great Southern region of WA, a region with access to rich agricultural assets and a diverse, pristine natural heritage, SEGRA 2016 will celebrate regional Australia’s natural capacities.