CQUni supports sustainable economic development with SEGRA

Published:10 October 2018

National economic development conference SEGRA 2018 will be held in Mackay on 22-25 October.

CQUni Mackay will roll out the welcome mat to delegates from across the country for the 2018 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) Conference from 22-25 October.

The theme for this year’s conference is Beyond the Boom: Opportunities for Growth and Vitality.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Campuses and Mackay-Whitsunday Region Professor Pierre Viljoen said SEGRA would provide a unique opportunity for all sections of the community to explore key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia.

“SEGRA is Australia’s most credible, independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia; it will be our very great pleasure to welcome 2018 conference delegates to our Ooralea Campus to share our successes and provide the platform for regional growth innovations and ideas to be showcased,” he said.

“This conference will attract delegates from industry, research institutions, regional development authorities, and Federal, State and Local governments right across Australia.

“CQUni Mackay is proud to be both a venue host and sponsor of this prestigious national forum; it’s also a great way to showcase our University’s assets and attributes.”

On October 22, Pre-Conference Forum attendees will be treated to a tour of the $23.9 million Mackay Regional Sports Precinct (currently under construction at Ooralea Campus) and CQUni’s state-of-the-art Engineering Building.

Official conference proceedings will take place at CQUni Mackay’s Ooralea Campus on 22 October and at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) from 23-25 October.

Some of the key topics to be addressed include: Drivers and Constraints to Sustainable Regional Economic Growth; Technology of the Future; and Collaborative Innovation in Regional Economic Development.

Mackay Regional Council Deputy Mayor Amanda Camm described SEGRA as a “wonderful opportunity for local business and industry”, and encouraged anyone with an interest in sustainable economic development to attend.

“If you are unable to attend the entire conference, there are also separate ticketed events over the four days local representatives might wish to attend,’’ she added.

“For example, A Leading Futurists to Speak session will be held on Tuesday 23 October at the MEEC from 8.30 am to 11 am, with tickets $50. SEGRA has created this special ticket for the morning session of day one.

“Businesses and community groups are encouraged to attend to hear two inspirational keynote speakers on regional and business futures - Professor Sohail Inayatullah, the UNESCO chair in Futures Studies; and James Wright, CEO of the Future Business Council.”

As well, there is a free event, titled Big Ideas to Best Ideas, at the MECC on Wednesday 24 October.

“This event is to pitch big ideas; and students are particularly encouraged to participate, however, everyone with an idea is welcome,” Cr Camm said.

SEGRA 2018 is supported by Mackay Regional Council, Regional Development Australia and CQUniversity.

More details, including a registration brochure, are available at