Five top issues facing Regional Australia to be discussed at SEGRA 2018
SEGRA provides a meeting place for people from across regional, rural and remote Australia to discuss the top issues facing regional Australia and what might be done to further drive sustainable regional economic development.
Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss five of the top issues facing regional Australia from 22-25 October, when the conference meets in Mackay
“Major changes affecting regional Australia can be expected in the next 10 years in areas of employment and training, innovation and technology, geotourism, product value adding, and the growth in collaborative investment in localised catalyst infrastructure ,” said Kate Charters, Convenor of this year’s conference.
Regional Australia is a significant contributor to Australia’s economic wealth. Sixty percent of the value of Australia’s exports comes from regional, rural and remote Australia. The increasing application of biotechnology, the engineering of food from raw products to the consumers and the restructuring of the distribution system to and from the producers will all provide opportunities for greater value adding for commodity producers creating price makers rather than price takers.
This year’s program will include sessions on how regional Australia adds value and value adds to the national economy. For example, regional Australia plays a critical role in the Australian tourism industry, which makes a direct contribution to Australia’s GDB of $35 billion per year, around 45% of tourism expenditure occurs in areas outside of Australia’s capital cities, the emerging niche of geotourism provides substantial opportunities for regional Australia.
We also know that by 2030 what we do in almost every job will change. This will impact on rural, regional and remote businesses and we need to be creating strategies for education and employment to meet this change now. We are pleased to confirm that James Wright, Executive Officer of the Future Business Council, will speak at SEGRA this year. “Skillsets for the future include a greater focus on people, solving strategic problems and thinking creatively,” she said.
Other key issues being discussed at the conference include attracting private sector investment into regional, rural and remote economies; understanding and maximising the opportunities technology and innovation will provide for business growth and social inclusion, responding to the aging population and provision of NDIS services in regional, rural and remote Australia.
More about our exciting program can be found the SEGRA website.
Registration is now open, visit the link below to secure your spot to hear these speakers at SEGRA.