Regions Rising Webinar Series in partnership with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Community Enterprise Foundation

Webinar 7: Regions doubling down or diversifying

We explore the question challenging many regional leaders: should our region deepen its current economic specialisations and strengths, or do we need to diversify to improve our resilience? Professor Andrew Beer, Executive Dean of UniSA Business and leading authority in Australia on economic structural change presents on research his team completed for the RAI looking into specialisation and diversification as pathways for growth and resilience in Regional Australia. Professor Beer’s research has shown that there can be economic gains from both strategies, depending on the region, and he will highlight the success factors identified by the research that help regional leaders identify which pathway offers the greatest rewards for their community. The second session features a panel with a focus on how digital technology can be the power to supercharge regional businesses, especially in a post-COVID-19 economy. 

Prof Andrew Beer

Executive Dean
UniSA Business

Susie Bower

Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone

Mark Coulton (photo)

The Hon Mark Coulton MP

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government

David Robertson

Head of Economic and
Market Research
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Gavin Williams (photo)

Gavin Williams

Chief Development Officer Regional and Remote

Webinar 6: The show must go on in creative communities

The role of the creative industries in regions are more than just “feel-good” – the sector is the economic backbone of many regional areas. The panel speak to this economic role, and how a range of creative industry businesses have adapted in response to challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ros Abercrombie

Executive Director,
Regional Arts Australia

Andrew Gray

Executive Director,
South East Arts

Sarah Stanley

Chair, Collie Community Bank; President, Shire of Collie; Director, Gumfire Marketing

Webinar 5: Road trip revival: can domestic tourism fill the gap?

The panel discuss how the tourism industry has changed over the course of the pandemic, and what it might look like in the future, even when borders reopen. Panellists will share their insights about how local tourism operators can attract visitors from their own backyard, and will ask, is this enough to fill the void left by national and international visitors?

Photo: Coralie Bell

Coralie Bell

Australian Regional Tourism

Photo: Lisa Whitelaw

Lisa Whitelaw

Senior Regional Manager, Business Development, ExpediaGroup

Catrin Allsop

Catrin Allsop

CEO, Australia’s South West Regional Tourism Organisation

Webinar 4: A healthy approach to economic recovery

COVID-19 restrictions have put a strain on many sectors in regional Australia, and this webinar will focus on Health from economic and community perspectives. The panel analyse how the Health sector in regional Australia has coped and adapted during the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, and how it can transition during this time and into the future.

Gabrielle O'Kane (photo)

Gabrielle O’Kane

National Rural Health Alliance

Catherine Maloney

Catherine Maloney

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health

Lyndon Seys

Alpine Health

Webinar 3: Regional Renaissance: can we lead recovery?

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world as we know it, we are starting to see the impacts of schemes like JobKeeper, and how the labour market as a whole is reacting and changing across various sectors. After everything we have been through, are regions potentially the key to ensuring a quick and strong recovery from the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis? The panel discuss the resilience of our regions and how we might come out of this period stronger than ever. When the regions are strong, the nation is strong.

Photo: Alexandra Gartmann

Alexandra Gartmann

CEO Rural Bank and GroupExecutive Partnerships, Marketing and Corporate Affairs Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Ivan Neville

Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch Manager, Department of Education, Skills and Environment

Kim Houghton (photo)

Dr Kim Houghton

Chief Economist
Regional Australia Institute

Webinar 2: The big population reveal

Our latest research busts the urban myth that people are leaving the regions in droves. In May, we shared our headline piece of data that regional Australia had a net inflow of over 65,000 people in the last census period – more people chose to move from the capital cities to the regions than the other way around. Join the panel for an engaging discussion about the population trends of the last decade as we unveil our report, The Big Movers: Understanding Population Mobility in Australia.

Kim Houghton (photo)

Dr Kim Houghton

Chief Economist
Regional Australia Institute

Nerida Conisbee

Nerida Conisbee

Chief Economist
REA Group

Cr Chris Bilkey

Murray River Council

Webinar 1: Regional recovery - what are we learning?

Liz, Marnie, and the Minister discuss the benefits of focusing on the regions as the nation begins to recover from the health and economic crises that COVID-19 has triggered. There will be an overview and wide ranging discussion on regions and local government’s response.

Marnie Baker

Marnie Baker

Managing Director
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Mark Coulton (photo)

Hon Mark Coulton MP

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications, and Local Government

Webinar series partner

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Community Enterprise Foundation


About the Regional Australia Institute

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