Day 1



David Bartlett, former Premier of Tasmania and the conference facilitator, greeted delegates and welcomed the opening speaker, Cr Paul Pisasale. Cr Pisasale spoke about the mutual dependancies of regional centres and major cities. Regionalism is about sharing the load – with major cities and regional centres each contributing to better outcomes for all.



Following a welcome to country, Cr Pam Parker, Mayor of Logan City, welcomed conference delegates to Logan City –  the heart of south east Queensland.

Professor Ian O’Conner, Vice Chancllor and President of Griffith University addressed the conference on the challenges and opportunities facing our rapidly growing midi cities.

Minister Simon Crean gave the opening address for the conference.

Drawing on his wide ranging experience, Minister Crean challenged conference delegates to take up the opportunity to embed local and regional wisdom into the national policy agenda.

A copy of the Minister’s speech can be found here.



Ken Cameron, Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies at the Simon Fraser University in Canada spoke to the conference about sustainable urban management and the future of humanity. Ken’s warmth and vision shone through in what was a talk that moved and enthralled all delegates. You can see Ken’s overheads here.


Following morning tea the conference had the first of its panel sessions. Brian Haratsis of MacroplanDimasi chaired a session on economic development, with contributions from Elaine Carbines, G21 Geelong Regional Alliance; Tony Brun, Chief Executive Officer, City of Greater Geraldton; and Andrew Barger, Director from the Qld Resources Council


The Hon. John Brumby, Former Premier of Victoria had the challenging role of delivering th post-lunch keynote address – he excelled with a mix of wisdom and insights.

The final panel session, chaired By David Bartlett, focused on  Linking Medium-Sized Cities to Regional, National and Global Economies. Participants included Casey Dwyer, from Parsons Brinckerhoff; Peter Verwer, of the Property Council Australia; Renaye Peters, General Manager Property, Brisbane Airport Corporation; and Professor Ned Pankhurst, Griffith University.