Mid-sized cities on agenda

The Hon Jacinta Allan, Victorian Minister for Regional and Rural Development will tomorrow officially open Australia’s first mid-sized cities policy workshop in Bendigo.

City ScapeLa Trobe University community planning and development course coordinator, Trevor Budge said 70 participants representing almost 20 cities from all states of Australia will attend the workshop.

‘The release of the Victorian Government’s Regional Blueprint in the middle of this year is a timely recognition of the role of this state’s major regional cities,’ said Mr Budge.

‘When we conceived this event late last year we never expected that what is happening outside the agenda of Australia’s metropolitan cities would become so topical. The timing is indeed fortuitous,’ Mr Budge said.

La Trobe University Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson is presenting a keynote address on the role of universities in regional cities.

Other keynote presenters include Professor Graeme Hugo from the University of Adelaide, a recognised as Australia’s leading demographer and Dr Mark Jayne from Manchester University who, together with his colleague Dr David Bell, has written extensively on the role and agenda of small cities or that level of urban area below the large high profile metropolitan complexes.

Mr Budge said the fundamental agenda of the workshop is to raise awareness, knowledge and the profile of Australia’s forgotten cities; to take advantage of a gathering of representatives from such cities to make a meaningful input to the policy agenda about such places, and to establish an ongoing research program.


What? Official opening of workshop by The Hon Jacinta Allan, Minister for Regional and Rural Development.

When? 9.00 am, Tuesday 28 September, 2010

Where? McKay Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University, Edwards Road campus (ref F7 on attached map).

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