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Reinventing the Regions: Victoria's Changing Regional Economies

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: CEDA and Regional Development Victoria
  • Publisher: State Government of Victoria
  • Published Location: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

Regional Victoria accounts for around a quarter of the State‟s population and economic output. Looking towards 2030, CEDA in partnership with RDV during 2011 – 2013, hosted a series of events titled Reinventing the Regions which focused on Victoria‟s regional economic development.

Federal and State Government focus on regional, population growth, demographic change, emerging policy changes, global market trends, and disparity between supply and demand, prompted these regional events.

The series provided an opportunity to engage business, industry, government, communities and academia in a discussion of key economic drivers and prospects for growth to identify how regions have adapted to shifting dynamics; how business has employed innovation to capitalise on new opportunities; and what industry profiles were evolving in response to changing circumstances locally, nationally and internationally.

The series consisted of five events looking at the experiences of Ballarat and the Central Highlands, Hume, Geelong and Barwon South West, Bendigo in the Loddon Mallee region and the Latrobe Valley. This report provides an overview of changes taking place in these regional economies, key themes that emerged from discussions throughout the series of events and five individual event summaries.

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