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SEGRA Foundation

NATIONAL REGIONAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT

Busselton, WA
29-31 October 2024

ABOUT THE 27th NATIONAL EVENT

This year’s theme is Beyond Boundaries: Fostering Connection, Partnership, and Collaboration for Regional Growth.

The Summit, hosted by RDA South West, provides a unique opportunity for all sections of the Australian community, rural and urban, to explore the key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and be part of providing positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity.

Our program is still under development however a selection of speakers and the ‘Program at a Glance’ has been announced. Venue information is available to help you plan your visit. 

BONUS OFFER

The SEGRA Foundation is pleased to offer 2024 attendees with a free online placemaking education course by Town Team Movement and PlacemakingX. The 2.5hr online course features ideas and insights from some of the leaders in Australasia on placemaking. It is practical and will help you save time when you are looking to create a great place!

We have only 50 spots available….register for your Summit ticket and details will be provided in your confirmation email.

PRE-SUMMIT ENERGY SESSION

The Foundation is offering a Pre-Summit session on energy, delivered by Foundation Director Ashley Bland of Constructive Energy. 

Remember the days when we didn’t really think about our energy bills and the weather used to be something at the end of the news? Now it seems that energy and weather are constantly headline issues as we struggle with decarbonising our energy sector. Do you feel like you know enough to make informed decisions in relation to renewable energy, powerlines, electrification, EVs, gas and retail energy contracts? Join us for a deep dive into the energy sector, aimed at giving you the information and contacts you need to make good decisions – or just have good BBQ discussions!

The session includes: Energy 101. Foundation Knowledge; Community Case Studies; Local Government and mid-scale solar powerplants; Community-led energy projects; Virtual and Distributed Large Scale Projects. How to handle a large project in your patch and Decarbonising Regional Australia.

ABOUT THE BUSSELTON MARGARET RIVER REGION

Situated on Wardandi Country, the Busselton Margaret River region is home to a thriving agricultural industry, emerging creative industry and abundant wine growing capacity. Busselton boasts of picture-perfect beachscapes and the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. The iconic 1.8km jetty leads to the underwater observatory where you can discover Geographe Bay, 8 metres below the water’s surface.

A town of significant history, you can explore the Busselton Cultural Precinct, museum and heritage trail while tasting your way through the region. From history and modern art, to natural landscapes, there is no shortage of experiences to embrace during your time in Busselton. Hop in the car and you have the coast at your fingertips. Highlights include amazing eateries in Bunker Bay, boutiques aplenty in Dunsborough and the Ngilgi Cave Ancient Lands Experience in Yallingup.

HOW TO GET TO BUSSELTON

The City of Busselton is a 200km drive south of the Perth CBD via the Kwinana Freeway and Bussell Highway.

For those traveling from Sydney and Melbourne, Jetstar offers direct flights straight to Busselton. For more information see the Jetstar website or head to Busselton Margaret River Regional Airport 

WHO COMES TO SEGRA?

Attendees at our Summit include local government professionals working in economic and community development, local government Councillors, university researchers, regional development leaders, policy makers, state and federal government departments, not for profit organisations and business associations – anyone working to make a positive change in regional Australia!

Mayor Phill Cronin

City of Busselton – Mayor’s Welcome

On behalf of my Council colleagues, I am delighted to welcome delegates to the City of Busselton for the 2024 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference.

Mayor Phill Cronin
City of Busselton