Govt impact on regional sustainability

Govt impact on regional sustainability

15 Mar 2011

Professor John Martin, La Trobe University’s Director, Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities will uncover the structures and processes in the Australian system of government that can affect sustainable regional development.

La Trobe University Alumni Association Chair, Leon Moulden said the topic of the Association’s first public lecture this year is relevant and timely.

‘Sustainable regional development is now front and centre with rural independents in the national parliament, and a summer of floods across much of rural and regional Australia,’ said Mr Moulden.

‘This is a topic relevant to regional Victorians and Bendigonians – people are interested in what their local communities will look like in the future; whether their communities will be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.’

Professor Martin acknowledges in the lecture that the Australian system of government gives a fair go, in terms of its dealing with natural disasters and economies, to all states and territories.

John-Martin-crop-stdProfessor Martin’s lecture will focus on the impact of the structures and processes of this form of government on the likelihood of sustainable regional development in the 55 regions competing for the title of most sustainable place to live.

The free lecture, entitled Sustainable Regional Development: Why Good Government Matters, commences at 6.15 pm on Wednesday 16 march at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo. RSVP to 1300 588 300 (toll free) or 9479 6601 or

The Alumni Association welcomes donations to their scholarship fund to assist students at the University.


Media enquiries

John Martin Ph (03) 5444 7804 M 0421 584 312 E


Leon Moulden, Ph (03) 5444 7817  M 0418 628 631 E  




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