Regionalisation — Building a Brighter Future

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is proud to present the first Regions Rising in-person event for 2022 held in Bendigo, Victoria on Wednesday 30 March 2022. This was part of our National Event Series and we are so thrilled to be back on the road!

Regions Rising presents the RAI’s evidence-backed research to support the development and investment into regional Australia.

In Bendigo, RAI CEO Liz Ritchie joined Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas at the launch of the RAI’s Housing Discussion Paper – Building the Good Life.  This latest piece of RAI research addresses the current housing pressures being felt across parts of regional Australia and aims to bring about action to restore balance in supply.

Regional Australia continues to experience a surge of popularity. City-dwellers are moving to the regions and regional people are choosing to stay. Regional Australia offers the Good Life where community is strong, jobs are plentiful and housing – while currently under pressure – is still much more affordable and accessible than in the major capitals.

Regional housing is one of the areas discussed in the RAI’s Regionalisation Discussion Paper, which will be unveiled publicly in Bendigo. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a national moment to create a more equitable, balanced, sustainable and prosperous future for all Australia.

Regional Australia is experiencing a renaissance. Take your place at the table in Bendigo and be part of this historic moment.

This was a hybrid event with in-person and online tickets. The recorded event is available until 27 April 2022.

9.30 am — Registration opens

10.00 am — Opening Remarks

10.05 am — Welcome to Country

10.10 am — RAI Address by Liz Ritchie, CEO — Regionalisation and the State of Play in the Regions

10.30 am — Q&A

10.40 am — Keynote Address by the Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Minister for Regional Development — Housing Paper Launch

11.00 am — Q&A

11.10 am — Keynote Address by Dr Kim Houghton, Chief Economist, RAI — Housing Paper Presentation

11.30 am — Q&A

11.40 am — Housing Panel Session with: 

  • Maxine Loynd, Regional Development Victoria
  • Tim Renwick, Independent Builders Network
  • Tom Devitt, Housing Industry Association (HIA)

12.40 pm — Lunch

1.20 pm — Keynote Address by Marnie Baker, Managing Director and CEO, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group

1.40 pm — Q&A

1.50 pm — Regionalisation Panel Session with:

  • Chris Cusack, General Manager, nbn Local
  • Craig Hunter, Clear Dynamics
  • Robert Herbert, CEO, Be.Bendigo

2.50 pm — Closing Remarks

Regions Rising – Move to More Victorian event has the following COVID-19 terms and conditions:

  • The event will be run in accordance with all relevant Government health orders
  • If you are unable to attend due to a positive COVID test or being identified as a close-contact and can show us proof, your ticket can be either refunded or we can provide you with access to a Livestream ticket.

There will be no refunds issued for live-stream tickets.

Please contact RAI directly regarding ticket refunds.


Date: Wednesday, 30 March

Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm (AEST)

Doors open at 9.30 am (AEST)

Location: All Seasons Resort Hotel

171-183 McIvor Hwy, Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia

In-person tickets: $198

Online tickets: $66

Full table: $1,584

*Costs include GST


For all enquiries, please contact


     Hon Mary-Anne Thomas MP             Victorian Minister for                               Agriculture                   Victorian Minister for Regional Development

Liz Ritchie

                   Liz Ritchie,                                             CEO                           Regional Australia Institute


Kim Houghton (photo)

            Dr Kim Houghton                           Chief Economist                  Regional Australia Institute

                 Marnie Baker,                       Managing Director & Chief                     Executive Officer                   Bendigo and Adelaide Bank                             Group

                Tim Renwick                                     Co-Owner                    Independent Builders Network

                   Tom Devitt                                  Economist               Housing Industry Association (HIA)

                Maxine Loynd                            Executive Director             Rural and Regional Policy and Strategy, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

                 Craig Hunter,                          Regional Development                               Executive                     Clear Dynamics Pty Ltd

                Rob Herbert                                             CEO                                              Be.Bendigo                                            

                Chris Cusack                                 General Manager                                    nbn Local