Regional event series

Running since 2014 and continuing into 2016, CEDA is running a 10-part series in WA with events held throughout the state's regions. CEDA also continues its annual conference in the Hunter Valley region of NSW.

WA State of the Regions series

The West Australian State of the Regions series was conducted throughout the regions of WA in 2014-16.

Western Australia covers one third of the Australian continent, and is comparable in size to mainland Europe. Given the state's vast expanse, the challenges and opportunities facing each of the nine regions in WA varies immensely.

While mining is a dominant industry for many regions, agriculture and tourism are vital sources of income for others. However, some common concerns for all regions include the provision of water, energy, education, health, transport, housing and Indigenous welfare.

The State Government's Royalties for Regions program was implemented to build capacity and improve services in regional areas.
This scheme invests $5 billion into regional WA from 2008-09 to 2014-15.

  • Is this investment achieving its desired goals?
  • What future developments and projects are being planned?
  • What will the regions look like in 20 years?

This 10-part series began in August 2014 and concluded in mid 2016.

Regional development in Western Australia

Following the conclusion of the series, CEDA released Regional Development in Western Australia, a publication which presents the culmination of the State of the Regions event series, providing key insights from the series along with overarching actions to help ensure Western Australia’s Regions continue to thrive and prosper. This report also includes case studies of businesses in each region that are adapting to change and capitalising on comparative advantages in WA.

Learn more about Regional development in Western Australia and download the report here.

Events in WA State of the Regions series

Event 1: Future of the South West
7 August 2014, Bunbury
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Event 2: Future of the Wheatbelt
2 September 2014, Northam
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Event 3: Future of the Peel Region
12 November 2014, Mandurah
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Event 4: Future of the Kimberley
29 May 2015, Broome
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Event 5: Future of the Goldfields-Esperance
7 July 2015, Kalgoorlie
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Event 6: Future of the Pilbara
7 October 2015, Karratha
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Event 7: Future of the Gascoyne
5 November 2015, Carnarvon
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Event 8: Future of the Great Southern
16 February 2016, Albany
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Event 9: Future of the Mid West
3 March 2016, Geraldton
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Event 10: Regional development in Western Australia
8 June 2016, Perth
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NSW - Annual Newcastle and Hunter Regional Conference

Newcastle and Hunter Region Economic Development Forum
14-15 September, 2015

CEDA is committed to raising the debate and discussion regarding the future challenges of Australia's economic development in the 21st century and its impact on regional hubs.

The Hunter region of NSW is one of Australia's most populated regions with a strong sense of identity and an important contributor to NSW's and Australia's economy.

Each year CEDA visits the Hunter region to convene leaders in government, key industries, universities and corporations from the manufacturing, mining, information technology, agri-business, and major utility sectors.

Event overview

The Newcastle and Hunter regional economy represents the second largest economy in New South Wales and is at the forefront of regional development in the state. It is forecast the Hunter economy will increase its output by 75% to around $64.8 billion by 2036.

The region is well placed to build on its existing economic foundations and capitalise on new and emerging opportunities in both domestic and Asian markets. This comes with the recognition that growth will be achieved through investment in infrastructure and innovation that will support existing industries and create new industries, jobs and investment opportunities.

CEDA's 9th Annual Newcastle and Hunter Region Economic Development Forum will examine critical issues impacting on the local economy, including:

  • Critical infrastructure needs to drive regional productivity;
  • Opportunities for business growth through innovation and access to export markets;
  • Investment in skills and training to enhance regional employment;
  • The future energy mix and opportunities for local industry; and
  • Urban redevelopment of the Newcastle CBD to meet the needs of the city to 2030.

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Align your brand with CEDA and communicate with hard-to-reach business, government and policy leaders by sponsoring this event. Contact Maria Silos on 02 9779 9751. 

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