Modern Outback Forum
Outback Australia requires long-term policies and solutions that are designed to meet its unique needs; involve and sustain local people; and value its nature and economies. This was the resounding theme at the Modern Outback forum held at Parliament House in Canberra in March. The Australian outback covers nearly three-quarters of the continent but supports only about 800,000 residents – less than five per cent of the Australian population.
Posted 31 May 2016.
The outback goes to Canberra
The Australian outback covers nearly three-quarters of the continent but supports only about 800,000 residents – less than five per cent of the Australian population.
Coordinated by Rangelands NRM Alliance and Pew Charitable Trusts, the forum was held to raise the profile of the outback and to urge that its distinct identity must be realised if policies are to be successfully implemented in the region.
The forum was opened by Minister for Regions, Senator Fiona Nash while local Member for Grey Rowan Ramsay joined a panel discussion with other outback MPs Warren Snowdon (Labor), Mark Coulton (Nationals) and Rachel Siewert (Greens).
Wearing several hats – Cordillo Downs pastoralist, OBE beef producer and SA Arid Lands NRM Board Presiding Member – Janet Brook was on the Healthy Country Panel.
“The outback regions of Australia contribute significantly to our national economy through our various industries – mining, tourism and pastoralism – but our small population often means we don’t have the influence we should have when it comes to shaping national policies and our future.”
Another SA Arid Lands local took part in the forum with Jenny Cleary, Chair of the Far North Regional Development Australia and the Deputy Prime Minister’s Regional Reference Group, joining the Healthy Communities panel.
For further information contact Kate Forrest, Executive Officer, Rangelands NRM Alliance on 0499 367 077 or email email@example.com
Rangelands NRM alliance, PEW Charitable Trusts, SAAL NRM Board
Article originally published in Across the Outback (May 2016)