Local Government Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today announced that the State Government would support a bid by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to host the 2009 Sustainable Economic Growth in Regional Australia (SEGRA) Conference.
Western Australia has not previously had the opportunity to host the event, which has been gradually building in prominence over the past decade.
The SEGRA Conference is an annual event that attracts about 400 delegates from community groups, Government agencies and local government across Australia.
Ms Ravlich congratulated the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission on the work they had done so far to attract the 2009 conference to their region.
The Minister said hosting the conference would enable WA to showcase its sustainability credentials on a national level.
“SEGRA will also provide an opportunity to profile our regional success stories and for WA delegates to engage with experts and practitioners from all sectors to discuss the best ways to support and promote sustainability,” she said.
“It is an important forum to discuss the latest regional issues and provides a valuable vehicle to influence the regional policy agenda at State and national levels.”
The announcement of which community is to host the 2009 SEGRA Conference will be decided on August 19 at the 2008 conference to be held in Albury, New South Wales.
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