The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)’s State of the Regions series (the ‘series’) provided a platform for robust discussion on economic diversification and growth opportunities within Western Australia’s regional economies.
Delivered over a two-year period, concluding in March 2016, the series involved nine regional events, with CEDA inviting business, industry, government, community and academic leaders to provide their views and promote discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing regional Western Australia. It has enabled the Regions to showcase their visions and plans (through the launch of Development Commission Regional Investment Blueprints at a number of the events), and collaborate and learn from one another. It has helped to bridge the gap between Perth and the Regions.
The series brings into focus the unique attributes in each of Western Australia’s nine discrete regional areas and has demonstrated the passion and enthusiasm inherent in regional Western Australians.
Through the series, five actions, detailed on page eight, 32 and 33 have been identifed that, in aggregate will help activate the economic potential of regional Western Australia and ensure a sustainable future for regional communities.