Positive Pathways to Local Rural Prosperity: The Inaugural National Small-Town Reinvention Conference

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  • Positive Pathways to Local Rural Prosperity
    September 18, 2024 - September 20, 2024
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Positive Pathways to Local Rural Prosperity:  The Inaugural National Small-Town Reinvention Conference

Dates:    17th Sept 2024 – 20th Sept 2024

Venue:  Pickering Brook WA

Cost:  $985 (inc. GST) Conference fee including all sessions, meals (including restaurant meals) and conference materials. Registration is through the website of the Bank of I.D.E.A.S.

There are currently 1614 country towns in Australia which have a population of less than 5000. 1088 of these towns have less than 1000 people. It is estimated that more than 80% of these small towns in terms of population and business life are either static or dying.  Yet these small communities continue to play a significant service centre role in terms of agriculture, mining and tourism, and represent home and community to a population of 1,131,600 persons. Their reinvention is of national significance.

National and international evidence suggest the importance of seven locally driven development actions; namely –

  • Continually growing and diversifying local leadership and capacity.
  • Fostering a positive and can-do mindset.
  • Actively encouraging healthy community behaviours related to inclusion, conversation, engagement and collaboration.
  • Encouraging asset, idea and opportunity obsession.
  • Developing community ‘wow-factor’.
  • Enhancing lifestyle options related to recreation, education, health, housing, childcare, retail services and staying local.
  • Creating the environment that supports local-based employment, enterprise and economic development.

The ‘Positive Pathways to Local Rural Prosperity: The Inaugural National Small-Town Reinvention Conference’ seeks to provide an opportunity for those who care passionately about the future of small-town Australia to come together around conversation and storytelling and share best practices related to the above development themes.


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Conference Organiser: Bank of I.D.E.A.S

The Bank of I.D.E.A.S. has been committed since its establishment in 1989 to supporting the growth of enterprising, sustainable and vibrant small-town communities and economies. Their facilitation endeavours have involved 2000+ rural communities and project work in 77 countries.

NB: The Conference is not being run as a profit-making initiative. All sponsors, including Bank of I.D.E.A.S. are contributing from their commitment to the development of vibrant small towns. Any Conference profits will be contributed to small town projects. Program is provided in good faith, but may be changed due to circumstances beyond control of organisers. Travel and accommodation costs not included. No refunds within two weeks of Conference commencement. Requests for refunds prior to two weeks before commencement will be granted if submitted in writing (an administration fee of $50.00 will be retained per participant).


Perth, Western Australia, 6076, Australia