Tackling challenges in regional cities

An upcoming La Trobe University symposium will reveal research tackling pressing regional issues such as housing, health and jobs.

The Regional Cities: Powerhouse of Cultural and Economic Growth symposium will take place at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre on Thursday 12 March.

Robert Stephenson, Head of Campus, Bendigo said that the symposium is timely, with rapid growth in many regional cities leading to new challenges for communities.

"Bendigo is rapidly transforming into Australia's premier regional city. During this period of social and economic change La Trobe University's researchers are at the coalface, working to solve today's challenges and plan for tomorrow's social and economic developments."

Professor Katie Holmes, Director of La Trobe's Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area said that researchers can add positive value to decision making processes in times of change.

"Our researchers have particular interests in understanding change and using this knowledge to inform decision making, policies and practices."

Professor Holmes said that high quality research allowed communities and organisations to focus their sometimes limited resources and maximise outcomes.

Mr Stephenson said researchers are working closely with the University's partners in the government, industry and business sectors.

"La Trobe University has strong and robust relationships with many organisations, including the City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Health. We are working with people from all walks of life, including migrants, historians, health care professionals, city planners, and the region's youth.

"So this event is more than a showcase of our researcher's work. It's an opportunity to thank our partners and highlight the work that they are doing to build regional Australia."

The Regional Cities: Powerhouse of Cultural and Economic Growth symposium will take place at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo on Thursday, 12 March. The keynote address will be given by Alexandra Gartmann, CEO of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.

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