As part of the Festival of Future Urbanism, the Museum will be hosting a panel discussion examining the prospects for future growth in regional Australia. With a diverse panel of regional leaders and experts, the discussion will canvas economic, social, cultural and environmental opportunities and risks confronting communities beyond the major cities and the priorities for contemporary government intervention.
For the first time since 1981, Australia’s largest cities – Sydney and Melbourne – witnessed net population declines last year, while many regional areas have experienced an influx of new residents. Some analysts view this population turnaround as a short lived, pandemic driven phenomenon which has only exacerbated the regional housing crisis, but others see rich and dynamic opportunities for sustainable growth beyond metropolitan Australia.
Albury-Wodonga was the focus of a major federally-backed decentralisation program from 1973-1995, as one of Whitlam’s flagship National Growth Centres with the Murray Art Museum Albury itself a beneficiary of funding from the Commonwealth Growth Centre. The impact of this ambitious urban planning experiment is revealed throughout the region, with a legacy of cultural, educational, social and commercial investments that were stimulated during this period.
Welcome to Country
Aunty Edna Stewart
Professor Nicole Gurran, Director Henry Halloran Research Trust, University of Sydney
Aunty Edna Stewart, Wiradjuri Elder
Dr Julie Rudner, La Trobe University
Andrew Boyd-Barber, Urbanist
Michael Keys, Regional Growth Development NSW Corporation