Show­cas­ing the re­gion

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Ba­rooga has se­cured the rights to host next year’s Sus­tain­able Eco­nomic Growth for Re­gional Aus­tralia con­fer­ence, from Au­gust 19 to 23.

Ba­rooga will ben­e­fit from an in­flux of about 200 del­e­gates from across Aus­tralia, pro­vid­ing enor­mous scope for eco­nomic im­pact as well high­light­ing the area’s tourism mar­ket.

SEGRA is Aus­tralia’s pre­mier con­fer­ence on re­gional is­sues and next year’s event in Ba­rooga is proudly sup­ported by the NSW Govern­ment.

NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans said the three-day con­fer­ence would be the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to show Ba­rooga and the Mur­ray re­gion’s busi­ness event ca­pa­bil­i­ties to high­pro­file del­e­gates.

‘‘There is just so much to of­fer in the area and we are de­lighted that the spot­light will be on Ba­rooga next year as del­e­gates from around the coun­try gather for the SEGRA con­fer­ence,’’ he said.

‘‘With the Mur­ray re­gion wel­com­ing more than 1.2 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic overnight vis­i­tors in the year ended March 2018, the 2019 SEGRA con­fer­ence will be a great way to show del­e­gates, first-hand, why the re­gion has such great ap­peal for vis­i­tors.

‘‘As most del­e­gates will be trav­el­ling from out­side the re­gion, se­cur­ing this event means more heads on ho­tel beds, din­ers in restau­rants and vis­i­tors to our tourist at­trac­tions.

‘‘In fact, the con­fer­ence is set to de­liver 750 bed nights for Ba­rooga mid-week, which will be an enor­mous in­jec­tion for the lo­cal econ­omy.’’

Cen­tral to bring­ing the pieces to­gether was Spor­ties Ba­rooga and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Tony Tran­ter who said it had been a 12-month process.

‘‘We’ve pulled to­gether some re­ally key part­ner­ships such as Desti­na­tion NSW, which have been es­sen­tial in giv­ing us the chance to host the event,’’ he said.

‘‘Both lo­cal coun­cils in Moira and Ber­ri­gan have also been fan­tas­tic and we’re re­ally ex­cited those two have been able to col­lab­o­rate on the project and both have been crit­i­cal in al­low­ing us to do it.’’

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Mur­ray and Hume and Co­bram-Ba­rooga Busi­ness and Tourism were in­te­gral part­ners in the project.

Mr Tran­ter was ex­cited about the ben­e­fits which would come from the con­fer­ence.

‘‘It will ab­so­lutely shine a light on this re­gion. We have a lot of say and the SEGRA con­fer­ence is great in that it pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to show­case our re­gion from a re­gional and eco­nomic per­spec­tive to ex­perts, peo­ple from in­dus­try, govern­ment and ed­u­ca­tion, from all over Aus­tralia,’’ he said.

The con­fer­ence is a chance for all sec­tions of the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity, ru­ral and ur­ban, to ex­plore the key is­sues af­fect­ing re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote Aus­tralia and be part of pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive sus­tain­able out­comes to en­sure fu­ture pros­per­ity.

All smiles: Moira Shire eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager Austin Ley, Spor­ties Ba­rooga busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Tony Tran­ter and Ber­ri­gan Shire coun­cil­lor De­nis Glanville cel­e­brate se­cur­ing the SEGRA con­fer­ence.

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