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Rural Summit 2014

NHILL 27 and 28 March 2014

The seventh annual Rural Summit was held in the township of Nhill in Hindmarsh Shire on 27 and 28 March 2014. Approximately 150 delegates from around the State travelled to Nhill to hear from a wide range of keynote speakers including Economist Saul Eslake and regional TV chef Stefano De Pieri.

The Summit theme was ‘Small Communities, Big Opportunities – facing the future and embracing change’. The economic benefit to Hindmarsh Shire was estimated at approximately $70,000 from the influx of visitors and expenditure around the event. A survey conducted after the event was extremely positive, with the majority of respondents saying they would likely attend future summits and recommend the event to others.

You can read the final report from the 2014 Rural Summit here.



Thursday 27 March

John Millington – The Journey of the Karen Community

David A Wilson – Heritage based community development

Frank Delahunty – Corporate farms: Opportunities for communities   File size: 388 KB

Saul Eslake – Rural economies: a global perspective   File size: 600 KB

Paul Holton – Advancing Orbost   File size: 286 KB

Margaret Abbey – A PEEP into big opportunities for small business   File size: 377 KB

Alex Graham – Nhill alive with business opportunity weekend   File size: 1312 KB

Ernie Schwarz – The secrets of great influencers   File size: 139 KB

Stefano De Pieri – Building a regional food industry


Friday 28 March

Colin McLeod – Leading Innovation   File size: 1883 KB

Melissa Gibbs – New directions in local governance   File size: 441 KB

Terry Garwood – Local government reform in Victoria   File size: 968 KB

Olwyn Redshaw – RCV Today and Tomorrow   File size: 658 KB



You can read the full program here.

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