Network sponsors Regions Rising conference

Regions Rising South Australia

Job creation in regional areas and the need to attract migrants to fill employment holes is being tackled in a national roadshow with Women in Business Regional Network members and supporters being given a discount to attend the launch in Adelaide next month.

A shortage of skilled workers in regional areas is among the issues identified so far in the network’s snapshot survey that’s currently being circulated.

And governments are looking to address this through encouraging greater migration into regional areas.

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is presenting the roadshow to encourage governments and communities to think differently and to plan for the future.  Part of their work so far has focused on the impact migrants could have in areas suffering a workforce and skills shortage.

Regions Rising SA will be a day-long conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre on July 10.

In March, SA Premier Steve Marshall signed a new Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the federal government, aimed at bringing skilled migrants to regions to help fill the skills shortage facing SA.

The RAI’s work on this issue is aimed at supporting a new regional development push to recharge the regions.

On July 10 Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim Whetstone, will launch RAI’s migration toolkit Steps to Settlement Success.

This toolkit encapsulates the many lessons learned by communities around the country who have successfully welcomed migrants to help fill job vacancies and drive the population of their regional towns and cities.

This work, which has been generously supported by the Scanlon Foundation, will help guide regional communities and the SA Government in their renewed efforts to attract migrants and, more importantly, see them stay in SA.

Other speakers at the conference will include David Matthews, an independent director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, and Liz Ritchie, the co-CEO of the RAI.

The Women in Business Regional Network has signed on as an in-kind sponsor for the conference and will be represented by network founder, Carolyn Jeffrey.

If you would like to attend the conference a 10 per cent discount is being offered.  To access the discount code simply email network@wibnetwork.com.au or message our Facebook page.

For more details visit www.regionsrising.regionalaustralia.org.au/adelaide/