Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Marlborough launches national conference on regional futures

    4/10/2006 12:40 PM

    South-West Minister Norm Marlborough today announced that Bunbury is to host a national conference to explore the future planning needs of regional Australia.

    “This conference is about leadership. It will put Bunbury and the South West under the national spotlight and be a springboard for discussion about the future of regions throughout Australia,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “Our regions have changed incredibly in recent times reflecting the changes in overseas markets, technology and environmental management.

    “This is an opportunity to bring together Government departments, private enterprise and individuals from around the nation to identify strategies that will help to make regional planning and decision-making more effective now and for the future.”

    The Minister was in East Perth to launch the national program for the South West Development Commission’s regional futures conference titled ‘Critical Horizons Regional Futures - Exploring the Future for Australia’s Regions’.

    “If we are to grow interesting and meaningful jobs, jobs that will keep young people in the regions and provide training opportunities then we must understand what the future is likely to bring,” he said.

    “By identifying and discussing emerging global trends and technologies, we can take full advantage of the current resources boom and meet the challenge of the industrial and technology based economies of China and India.”

    The conference would be held at Edith Cowan University South West Campus on February 15-16, 2007 and would feature nationally-acclaimed futurists and expert speakers.

    “The South-West is a region that wants to take charge of its future and develop in a manner which provides sustainable jobs for the future,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “We need to consider what is ahead from an industry point of view, community expectations, values and changing demographics as well as the emerging issues in environmental management.”

    About 300 delegates were expected to attend the conference, which was already attracting national interest.

    Among the line-up of speakers for the conference are:
    • Dr Peter Ellyard, adjunct professor at the University of Queensland, chairman of the Universal Greening Group and senior consultant to the UN Environment Program and the UN Development Program and to UNESCO, who will speak on protecting the global environment, consumption and sustainable production; and
    • Professor Ron Johnston, executive director of the Centre for Innovation at the University of Sydney who will speak on emerging global megatrends - economies of the future.
    “There is no better time to be a part of examining the future of Australia’s regions and importantly the future of the South-West,” the Minister said.

    “What I want to do today is to let people know this conference is coming up in February next year, to get behind it and make sure its in the diary as a very special conference.”

    The conference is being organised by the South West Development Commission in partnership with the City of Bunbury, Edith Cowan University and the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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