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MEDIA ALERT - Regions Rising Victoria

30 June 2023

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) will host the Victorian component of its national event series, Regions Rising, in Geelong next week.

Regions Rising brings together industry experts, economists, regional leaders, government, political leaders, academics, and the community sector to deliver the latest information on the key pillars affecting regional communities - including jobs and skills, housing, population, liveability, productivity, innovation, sustainability, and resilience.

RAI CEO Liz Ritchie will launch RAI’s new national campaign, It’s Your Move, which will lead a conversation with city-based Australians about the thousands of well-paid, professional jobs on offer right now in regional Australia.

A Victorian update will also be provided on the RAI’s Regionalisation Ambition – a 20 target, 10-year framework for regional Australia.

The Hon. Harriet Shing MLC, Minister for Water, Regional Development, Equality and Commonwealth Games Legacy will deliver a virtual address, and Ms Ritchie will be joined by Professor Rebecca Lester, the Director of the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures at Deakin University, who will deliver a keynote address.

Event Details

 Title:  Regions Rising – Victoria
 Date:  Tuesday, 4 July 2023
 Time:  8:30am – 3:00pm (AEST)
 Venue:  GMHBA Stadium, 370 Moorabool St, Geelong
 Platform:  In person


Other speakers include:

  • Hannah Duncan-Jones, Director Local Government and Regional Priorities, Homes Victoria
  • Cr Mary-Ann Brown, Chair, Rural Councils Victoria
  • Tony Brun, CEO, Avalon Airport
  • Prof. Tiffany Walsh, Research Director, Hycel
  • Michael Johnston, CEO, Committee for Geelong
  • Jennifer Conley, CEO, Geelong Manufacturing Council
  • Dr Jonathan Spear, CEO, Infrastructure VIC
  • Nick Stanley, Founder, Director and Chair, Runway
  • Rob Priestly, Director, Gouge Linen and Garment Services
  • Emily Peel, Head of NBN Local, Victoria and Tasmania NBN Co.

Click here for the full program.

Regions Rising Victoria is possible thanks to national event sponsor NBN Co, major event sponsor Deakin University and supporting sponsor Committee for Geelong.

Media are invited to attend and are asked to register with RAI to obtain a media pass.

For media enquiries contact:
Melinda Hayter
Regional Australia Institute
Ph: 0498 373 300
E: [email protected]