Regional leaders wanted in Canberra – Regions Rising 2019
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has today issued a call to regional leaders across the country to make sure they have a seat at the table at the inaugural Regions Rising National Summit in Canberra on 4-5 April.
From Geraldton to the Gold Coast, Rockhampton to Renmark and every regional town and city in between, RAI co-CEO Liz Ritchie says this event will bring together some of the most influential and forward thinking minds in the country – to put the spotlight on regional Australia.
“Regions Rising will showcase the biggest issues impacting regional Australia right now, by bringing together all levels of government, business, academics and community leaders, to ensure future discussions and planning are based on evidence,” Ms Liz Ritchie said.
“We have more than 9 million people living in regional Australia; and as we know, every community is different. But we all have some similar issues surrounding regional jobs, population shift, health and education.
“This series delivers a national platform for regional leaders to engage directly with key decision makers on important opportunities and challenges facing their regions.
The National Summit, which officially opens the series, provides the opportunity for regional stakeholders to be informed but also to contribute through the range of interactive sessions provided over the two day program.
The theme of this year’s Canberra conference is Regional Futures. Headlining the event is the Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon. Michael McCormack MP – who will provide his vision for Regional Australia.
Other speakers include:
• Stephen Jones MP – Shadow Minister for Regional Services and Regional Communications;
• Dr Nicholas Gruen – Economist;
• Marnie Baker – CEO, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank;
• Paul Lindwall – Commissioner, Productivity Commission;
• Gabrielle Chan – Author of Rusted Off;
• Peter Strong – CEO, Council of Small Business; and
• Kate Carnell – Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.
In addition, key regional themes will be presented through an interactive “policy hack” session. The outcome will be to create a plan of action that can be delivered to both sides of government to consider in the future.
A Regional Policy Masterclass will be held on day two, where participants can learn how to best influence and advocate for change.
The National Summit in Canberra on 4-5 April 2019 is part of a national roadshow to ensure regional Australia has an opportunity to be heard – and the RAI invites regional leaders to attend.
“This series of events will elevate the level of discussion and bring more regional stakeholders together to advance education, debate and policy insights,” Ms Ritchie concluded.
Regions Rising 2019 schedule is as follows:
For more information about the Regions Rising Events Series, please go to regionsrising.regionalaustralia.org.au or phone 02 6260 3733.
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