RDA Barossa hosts South Australian Regional Development Conference
Published: 24th July 2012
RDA Barossa (South Australia) hosted the South Australian Regional Development Conference in the Barossa from 11-13 July 2012.
The South Australian Minister for Regional Development, the Hon Gail Gago MLC, delivered the opening address and spoke about the importance of Premium Food and Wine to the state economy.
A key element of the conference was business model innovation with contributions by world leader in business model innovation Professor Goran Roos and Cluster Navigators CEO Ifor Ffowcs-Williams. Other big issues explored at the conference included regional branding, workforce options and economic diversity.
The conference involved a number of RDA committees, with RDA Eyre Peninsula Executive Officer Mark Cant; RDA Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula Executive Officer Barry Featherstone; and RDA Yorke and Mid North Executive Officer Kelly-Anne Saffin presenting case studies for the ‘Enabling Infrastructure, Creating Opportunity’ session.
Senator Don Farrell officially closed the conference, urging delegates to take the opportunity to embed localism in government decision making through supporting RDA networks and keeping local priorities on government agendas.
Regional Development South Australia Chair Rob Kerin said the event surpassed all expectations and delivered immediate and tangible outcomes.
The conference was themed ‘Regional Development – Big Issues, Big Opportunities’ and showcased a number of Barossa venues. The Australian Government’s Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport was a major sponsor of the event, which was also supported by the South Australian Government.
For more information, visit the RDA Barossa website.
South Australian Minister for Regional Development the Hon Gail Gago MLC delivering the opening address at the South Australian Regional Development Conference. Photo by Nathan Gogoll.