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Sustaining Rural Communities Conference
Helen Dugdale
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Sustaining Rural Communities Conference

The fourth annual Sustaining Rural Communities Conference to be held in Narrabri on June 5th and 6th, 2013 will focus on how communities can successfully address everyday challenges of community resilience and have a greater understanding of the opportunities and support available to them said Conference Committee Member, Sally Hunter.

“By taking some proactive steps such as gaining a better understanding of the nation’s current economy, the issues that directly impact rural communities and how to engage and influence decision makers, we can better shockproof our communities”, said Sally.


 “The conference features a range of keynote speakers aimed to evoke, inspire and activate change in rural and regional Australia”.


Dr John Edwards of the Lowy Institute will address how to Build a Resilient Community.

• Mal Peters, Chairman of the Regional Australia Institute - Shining a Light on Regional Australia.

• The conferences first Webinar will be held with Helena Norberg-Hodge from the International Society Ecology & Culture speaking to delegates on The Economics of


“There are also a number of workshop sessions to ensure participants are able to identify which elements of their community can be built upon and discuss tools and suggestions for

how to improve the economic position of their community without jeopardising the social and environmental situation”.

Dr Kim Houghton, Strategic Economic Solutions, speaking about Working with Your Community Economics.

• Linda Tillman, Director of Tilma Management - Building on Your Community Assets.

Dr Anthony Hogan, Australian National talking about the Community Adaptability Tool - How Resilient is Your Town?


“Empowering people in regional communities to actively participate is vital if we are to succeed in transforming the future of Regional Australia” said Sally.

Action bursaries will again be available to conference participants to kick start a community based project. These projects are aimed at implementing a community event or project which will assist in the sustainability of our rural communities.


Namoi CMA is partnering with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation to bring you the 2013 Sustaining Rural Communities Conference. In addition to Gold sponsors: Fairfax Agricultural Media, Silver Sponsors: Santos, Bronze Sponsors: Datamars and RIRDC and Bursary sponsor is Best Employment

2013 Federal Budget


The Government has committed almost $1 billion through the Regional Development Australia Fund to finance infrastructure projects that address the specific economic and community needs of regional and rural areas.


In addition $2.9 billion under the Health and Hospitals Fund to improve access to essential health services for Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas and $1.5 billion under the Remote Jobs and Communities Program to provide a more integrated and flexible approach to employment and participation services for people living in remote areas of




Registration: All attendees, including Media are required to register online at


For further information and interviews: Media Contact, Sally Hunter P: 0459 944 778

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