AREC 2008 will build upon outcomes of previous conferences and again focus on the concept “economic gardening, ‘fostering growth through innovation’”. This is a key challenge to regions around Australia, seeking to provide local employment opportunities and to stem the flow of talent to the cities and overseas.

A highlight of the conference will be presentations from exceptional keynote speakers including Professor Ed Blakely, the man charged with rebuilding New Orleans after the devastation of cyclone Katrina and Mr Neville Sawyer, regional entrepreneur and businessman.

The conference will feature other inspirational speakers and economic development experts as well as workshops and practical examples of business, industry and community development. The conference will provide the latest in theory as well as practical solutions for practitioners.

Who should attend?

Everyone interested in economic development and the development of their regions should participate in this valuable conference.

AREC 2008 will be targeted towards business leaders, local government economic development managers and planners, Councillors and senior council staff, local and regional economic and enterprise development entities, Area Consultative Committees, State and Federal Government policy makers and personnel, Agriculture, industry and tourism sector representatives, academics, educators and researchers, community development personnel, consultants, rural and regional practitioners.

Both Gosford City and Wyong Shire are delighted to extend an invitation to community, government and business representatives to attend the Australian Regional Economies Conference 2008 which will be held on the Central Coast from 11th-13th May 2008.

The Central Coast offers visitors a world of beautiful coastlines, breathtaking views, sparkling lakes, stunning hinterland and quaint coastal villages and we invite you to take full advantage of this superb conference setting while attending AREC 2008.

University of Newcastle

Principal Sponsor


Central Coast of NSW Area Consultative Committee


Central Coast Tourism




Department of State and Regional Development


Gosford City Council
Wyong Shire Council

Central Coast Business Review