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Showcasing the region

By Cobram Courier

Barooga has secured the rights to host next year’s Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia conference, from August 19 to 23.

Barooga will benefit from an influx of about 200 delegates from across Australia, providing enormous scope for economic impact as well highlighting the area’s tourism market.

SEGRA is Australia’s premier conference on regional issues and next year’s event in Barooga is proudly supported by the NSW Government.

NSW Member for Murray Austin Evans said the three-day conference would be the perfect opportunity to show Barooga and the Murray region’s business event capabilities to high-profile delegates.

‘‘There is just so much to offer in the area and we are delighted that the spotlight will be on Barooga next year as delegates from around the country gather for the SEGRA conference,’’ he said.

‘‘With the Murray region welcoming more than 1.2million international and domestic overnight visitors in the year ended March 2018, the 2019 SEGRA conference will be a great way to show delegates, first-hand, why the region has such great appeal for visitors.

‘‘As most delegates will be travelling from outside the region, securing this event means more heads on hotel beds, diners in restaurants and visitors to our tourist attractions.

‘‘In fact, the conference is set to deliver 750 bed nights for Barooga mid-week, which will be an enormous injection for the local economy.’’

Central to bringing the pieces together was Sporties Barooga and business development manager Tony Tranter who said it had been a 12-month process.

‘‘We’ve pulled together some really key partnerships such as Destination NSW, which have been essential in giving us the chance to host the event,’’ he said.

‘‘Both local councils in Moira and Berrigan have also been fantastic and we’re really excited those two have been able to collaborate on the project and both have been critical in allowing us to do it.’’

Regional Development Australia Murray and Hume and Cobram-Barooga Business and Tourism were integral partners in the project.

Mr Tranter was excited about the benefits which would come from the conference.

‘‘It will absolutely shine a light on this region. We have a lot of say and the SEGRA conference is great in that it provides an opportunity to showcase our region from a regional and economic perspective to experts, people from industry, government and education, from all over Australia,’’ he said.

The conference is a chance for all sections of the Australian community, rural and urban, to explore the key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and be part of providing positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity.