Calls for government to act on regional issues

Monday, 21 November, 2005

The ninth annual national Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference conducted in Yeppoon, Queensland recently issued a call to governments at national, state and local levels to act in six key areas in the interests of sustainable economic growth for regional Australia.

According to SEGRA director Kate Charters, "Sustainable regional development is fundamental to Australia's economic future; this year the key issues of concern included national and global drivers of change in regional economies, understanding triple bottom line relationships and increasing uncertainty, the importance of leadership and collaboration and fostering Indigenous Enterprise".

"Key features of SEGRA are the broad cross section of presenters, diversity of content and the outcome action focus of participants.

"This leads to lively discussion and debate which reveals that successful regions are those that anticipated change, identified the inter-relationships between environmental, social changes and the triple bottom line and took all of these dimensions of sustainable regional economic development into consideration when making regional decisions.

SEGRA 2006 will be held in Launceston, Northern Tasmania, 28-30 August 2006.

The SEGRA annual conference plays a critical role in promoting issues of regional Australia.

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