LIVE Q&A EVENT: Building community wealth in regional Australia

Posted August 31, 2020

Local market with people walking through fresh fruit and vegetable stalls

Date: Thursday 10 September 2020

Time: 4.30 pm - 5.15 pm (AEST)

Format: Zoom live event and Q&A

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About the event

Community Wealth Building Australia: How the regions can build back better. Unequal income and wealth distribution is dividing Australia.

In 2020, income for younger people is going backward. The wealthy are getting wealthier while the poorest Australians have seen their net wealth fall. And growth per capita is declining fast across many of Australia’s regions.

For many regional communities, the business as usual economic development option is no longer tenable – especially following the catastrophic summer bushfires and the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Now is the time to create fairer and more sustainable regional economies through Community Wealth Building, a people-centred approach to local economic development which aims to place control into the hands of local people and redirect wealth back into local economies.

Join Neil McInroy, Patrick Fensham and event moderator Phoebe Harrison for a live discussion on Community Wealth Building in Australia.

Neil McInroy - Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

Event speaker, Neil McInroy

A leading commentator on economic development and public policy, Neil has featured in Local Government Chronicle’s annual top 50 most influential people in local government in the UK. He has been involved in public sector policy and delivery for over 25 years. Neil has collaborated with a broad range of local, regional and national governments and agencies across UK and in Europe, Asia, US and Australasia. His particular skills are in strategic policy, local economic and social research, analysis and development; research methodologies and facilitation.

Patrick Fensham - National Leader for Urban Policy & Governance, SGS Economics and Planning

Event speaker, Patrick Fensham

Patrick (Pat) works to address social disadvantage and find solutions and innovations to policy challenges and issues. He specialises in regional and community economic development, metropolitan and strategic planning, infrastructure planning and funding analysis, cultural development and development feasibility analysis. He is focused on addressing urban and regional social disadvantage and promotes new policy solutions and innovations for progressive change.

Phoebe Harrison - Associate, SGS Economics and Planning (Moderator)

Event Speaker, Phoebe Harrison

An Associate Planner at SGS, Phoebe has extensive experience planning for complex challenges facing urban and regional environments. She manages multidisciplinary teams across urban planning and economic development projects and is passionate about using planning frameworks to positively influence local economic development and support sustainable communities. Phoebe is a member of the Open House Melbourne Building Council and Program Advisory Committee member for the Monash University Master of Urban Planning and Design. She is a past board director for the Planning Institute of Australia and regularly tutors at the University of Melbourne.

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