Albany and the Great Southern hosted the 2016 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference, Australia’s premier national forum on sustainable regional development, from 26-28 October 2016. A successful partnership bid led by the GSDC secured the conference for the region.
A record number of delegates attended the conference, and explored opportunities and challenges in regional development. GSDC Chair Ross Thornton welcomed delegates to the region and opened the event, introducing the first keynote speakers, WA Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Senator Dean Smith.
Keynote speakers also included:
- Idea Couture CEO Idris Mootee, an acclaimed innovation expert
- WA Chief Scientists Professor Peter Klinken
- Winthrop Professor of Biodiversity Professor Stephen Hopper
- Deloitte Access Economics Associate Director Kristian Kolding
- Thumper One Chairman Anthony Bertini
SEGRA was set up in 1997 as a forum to explore issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia, and to promote positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity. Its annual conference attracts key decision-makers from industry, community organisations and all levels of government.
The 2016 conference was SEGRA’s 20th and the first to be branded as a region-wide event, taking the identity ‘Albany and the Great Southern’. The overarching theme of the conference was ‘Naturally Stronger Regions: Realising the Potential’.