Business women gather at Strathalbyn to talk regional development

RDA: Donna Brandon-Brown, Nicole Cleggett, Tania Slack, Rosie Fisher and Karina Irvine with guest speaker Stephen Shotton from Regional Development Australia.
RDA: Donna Brandon-Brown, Nicole Cleggett, Tania Slack, Rosie Fisher and Karina Irvine with guest speaker Stephen Shotton from Regional Development Australia.

Opportunities for business and regional development in the Fleurieu, Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island were the focus for the Strathalbyn dinner for the Women in Business Regional Network.

The Victoria Hotel's conference room was at capacity to hear from Steve Shotton, the regional manager of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island as well as representatives from the Strathalbyn organising committee for the SA Rural Women's Gathering Leonie Broadbridge and Lynda Mundy.

Transport, particularly opportunities for better links between Strathalbyn and the city, were among the issues raised by the women.

Mr Shotton explained that a recent transport study initiated by the RDA had attracted an overwhelming response from the public with a number of options being explored, particularly to an improved link between Mount Barker and the city.

Mr Shotton said that in South Australia only $25 per head was spent on public transport, compared with other states such as WA, NSW and Victoria where spending per capita was $100 or more.

As well, there was interest in moves by governments to encourage more migrants to relocate to regional areas to fill skilled workforce shortages. The network was an in-kind sponsor for a national roadshow to release a toolkit to assist regional areas to achieve this.

Mr Shotton spoke about opportunities for business to utilise the RDA's services for advocacy and about a new grant locator to be launched shortly.

INFORMATIVE: Julie Dunlap, Vicki Clark, Lauren Sobecki and at back, Christine Steinert at the Strathalbyn dinner for the Women in Business Regional Network.

INFORMATIVE: Julie Dunlap, Vicki Clark, Lauren Sobecki and at back, Christine Steinert at the Strathalbyn dinner for the Women in Business Regional Network.

Those at the dinner were encouraged to sign up for the RDA's newsletter to stay informed about regional economic development issues.

Planning is well underway for the SA Rural Women's Gathering in Strathalbyn from October 11 to 13 which is expected to attract about 250 visitors to the area. The committee is keen to attract more sponsors as well as volunteers to assist during the weekend.

The next Women in Business Regional Network at Strathalbyn will be a dinner at the Victoria Hotel on August 12, when the topic will be how to get noticed on Google even if you don't have your own website.

Bookings are through Eventbrite.com.au.

For more information about the Women in Business Regional Network visit www.wibnetwork.com.au or phone the Network's founder Carolyn Jeffrey on 0435 432 203.

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