Edmiston Jones

Regional Australia – Smart & Proud


By Mark

6th may 2016

On the 3rd May, I had the privilege of giving the occasional address at the University of Wollongong Shoalhaven Campus graduation.  As part of my chat with the students I said,

“ It is a privilege to be part of this significant milestone in your professional careers. Hopefully, you will leave this ceremony thinking about how you will grow, what you will gain – and how you can give back to the community.

My background, I suspect like many of yours, has been grounded in regional Australia. You will hear a lot of chatter in the media about urbanisation and smart cities. Much of what we see, at a political level, are city-centric solutions transposed to a regional context. If you look at the papers, you would be forgiven for having the impression that intelligence and culture can only be found in the city. So not true! ”

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Myself with UOW Deputy Chancellor Noel Cornish

In a recent speech the CEO of the Regional Australia Institute, Jack Archer, noted:

  • Regions contributed half of our nation’s growth post Global Financial Crisis, fulfilling their role as a source of resilience for the economy
  • Regional Australia is at the forefront of productivity in over a third of industries, including healthcare and logistics
  • Overall the regional economy is resilient, highly productive, diversified and shifting, to a services led future

I encouraged the University of Wollongong graduates to leave the ceremony proud of their education at a regional university.

You will hear talk of ‘the sandstones’ – those long established institutions with grand masonry buildings and formal courtyards. The sandstone of the Shoalhaven campus is still in the ground – literally forming the foundation of the campus. Our courtyard is a vast expanse of the Australian bush.”

6 thoughts on “Regional Australia – Smart & Proud”

  1. S Johansson says:

    well done Mark! impressive.

  2. SImon Apperley says:

    Hi Mark ….. Hear, hear! A great view point and well made comments. Regards, Simon.

  3. And a lovely speech it was replete with reflection and direction and suggestion for the future of all. Thanks Mark!
    I have heard many accolades about your words!

  4. Mark says:

    Thanks Robbie

    I appreciated the opportunity. Would have been much more comfortable sitting on bean bags with a glass of wine having a chat!

    regards Mark

  5. Mark says:

    Thanks Simon,

    Sometimes the regions have to get off the sideline, waving our hands for attention. Great opportunity to encourage some local graduates to get out there and be proud.


  6. Mark says:


    Appreciate the support! Catch up soon?
    We are well over due for that drink!


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