Symposium dinner & launch

Andrew Beer is a leading authority on growing and developing regions and their cities. His incisive analysis reveals what has worked and what has not worked here and abroad.

Andrew’s latest research for the Regional Australia Institute addresses the choice between economic diversification and specialisation. Are we better off fostering economic resilience through development of businesses in new sectors? Or do we focus on building the region’s established unique strengths, such as manufacturing or healthcare?

With either strategy, what are the implications for your enterprise, for your children’s future, and for the region, more generally?

Andrew’s address will take you from Whyalla in South Australia to Indianapolis in the US and Leeds in the UK, while revealing implications for the Hunter. It will describe leading practices – as well as misguided practices – addressing the drivers of socio-economic growth in regions and their cities globally.

Following Andrew’s address, an expert panel will explore how the Hunter is positioned for growth:

The dinner will be held in the iconic Victoria Theatre as the launch event for the Smaller & Smarter Cities: International Symposium 2019.


  • Professor Andrew Beer, Dean Research and Innovation, UniSA Business School
    Accelerating regional growth: global trends and insights for the Hunter
  • Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute, has consulted extensively on energy policy and will consider the opportunities ahead for this sector.
  • Dr Ramsey Awad, Executive Director, Infrastructure & Planning, Hunter New England Health will share how the John Hunter Health Innovation Precinct will build an ecosystem that benefits the entire region.
  • Elizabeth Karpiel, General Manager Operations, BlueZone Group will offer insights for the region on national and international markets for advanced manufacturing.

Andrew’s latest book titled Globalization, Planning and Local Economic Development has just been published by Routledge. Find out more.


  • Wednesday, 9 October
  • 6.15pm for 7.00pm
  • The Victoria Theatre, 8 Perkins St, Newcastle
  • Tickets - $160pp includes drinks, canapés and a three course meal. Tables of ten ($1,600) are also available. 
    $10 from every booking goes towards the revitalisation of the Victoria Theatre project

Book your seat at the dinner now!