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Regional Futures Summit 2016

Hosted by the Hon Jaala Pulford, Minister for Regional Development, the 2016 Regional Futures Summit was an open conversation about how regional cities and rural towns can attract new residents and share in Victoria’s growth.

Regional community leaders heard from guest presenters to share and debate evidence, research and practical experience to help shape the future of our regions.  There was no charge for invitees to attend the Summit.

Summit agenda | Getting there | Parking | Accommodation | Further information

Summit agenda

Day 1

2:00 - 4:30
6:00 - 9:00

Tuesday 19 July

Bus tour of Bendigo major projects with an information session
Welcome and networking dinner at the Bendigo Art Gallery

Day 2

8:45 - 4:15

Wednesday 20 July

Regional Futures Summit, Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo
8:00 - 8:45

Registration (with tea and coffee)

8:45 - 9:05

Introduction including:

  • Welcome to Country 
  • Welcome from Councillor Rod Fyffe, Mayor of Greater Bendigo City Council and Chair of Regional Cities Victoria
9:05 - 9:20 Minister for Regional Development, Hon Jaala Pulford
9:25 - 10:55

Ian Harper, Senior Advisor

The purpose of place (PPT 10.6 MB)

Fiona McKenzie, Senior Researcher

Regional success - alternative perspectives (PPT 4.7 MB)

Jack Archer, Chief Executive

Can international migration play a bigger role in regions? (PPT 3.8 MB)

Panel discussion with presenters

11:00 - 11:20

Morning tea (20 minutes)

11:20 - 11:50 Session 1
Session 2
Workforce development
Session 3
Skills attraction and development
  • John Richmond, Birchip P-12 School

How Birchip P-12 School tailors its teaching to the needs of local students and industry (PPT 23.0 MB)

  • Emma King, VCOSS

How the NDIS is working with education providers to develop a skilled workforce in Victoria (PPT 1.3 MB)

  • Margaret Bennett, Northeast Health Wangaratta

Skills attraction in the health sector

  • Zoe Dawson, Cooma Universities Centre

How regional universities can contribute to skills attraction and development in small communities (PPT 6.5 MB)

  • Bendigo & Adelaide Bank

How an innovative company is working with education providers to meet its training needs and develop home grown talent

  • Jeff Borland, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research

Local employment programs for jobseekers facing high barriers to employment (PPT 79.2 KB)

Facilitated discussion

Facilitated discussion

Facilitated discussion

12:50 - 1:30

Lunch (40 minutes)

1:30 - 2:00

Address by the Minister for Planning, Hon Richard Wynne

2:00 - 3:30 Session 4
Investment attraction
Session 5
Session 6
Humanitarian settlement
  • Phin Ziebell, NAB

Attracting foreign investment in agribusiness

  • Liz Ward, Tourism Tribe

Growing the tourism economy through collaboration and a commitment to continual learning (PPT 13.7 MB)

  • Helen Kapalos, Chairperson of the Multicultural Commission

Strategies for post-settlement refugee integration

  • Karen Wales, Austrade

Attracting foreign investment in tourism infrastructure (PPT 1.3 MB)

  • Jamie Simon, SEEK Limited

Insights into the supply of and demand for job candidates in regional Victoria and how to attract the best talent in today's digital marketplace (PDF 778.0 KB)

  • Sam Atukorala & Thon Thon

Personal experiences of refugees settling in regional communities

Facilitated discussion Facilitated discussion Facilitated discussion
3:30 - 3:45

Afternoon tea (15 minutes)

3:45 - 4:30

Report back from facilitators and combined discussion




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Getting there

The Bendigo Art Gallery is situated in the centre of Bendigo at 42 View Street while the Ulumbarra Theatre is located on Gaol Road, Bendigo, between the Tom Flood Sports Centre and Bendigo Senior Secondary College.

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Parking at the Summit

There are various parking options available for the Ulumbarra Theatre. The closest off-street parking option is at the Tom Flood Recreation Reserve. Tom Flood car park is accessed via Park Road from Pall Mall. Limited on-street parking is also available.

Fees apply.

Locational and parking map of the Bendigo Art Gallery, Ulumbarra Theatre and central Bendigo:

Ulumbarra Theatre Parking Map

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RDV secured a preferred accommodation rate for Regional Futures Summit delegates with The Schaller Studio (fully booked).

Other accommodation options around Bendigo, and in close proximity to the Summit include:

Note – All travel and accommodation is at the expense of the attendee and is not subsidised by the Victorian Government.

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Further information

For further information please contact Regional Development Victoria via email

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Last Updated: 06 June 2017