An international 'think fest' has wrapped in Whyalla, which could hold benefits for regional communities not only in South Australia but across the world.
Two hundred International delegates from countries including Africa, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and India took part in the four-day International Rural Network Forum (IRN).
This year's theme, 'Rural and remote resilience: Making the priorities possible', had workshops ranging from the grain marketing techniques used by farmers in Africa to the tackling the global food crisis.
Jen Cleary from UniSA’s Centre for Regional Engagement said strong delegate participation had ensured a real depth in discussions.
“The forum is providing an important opportunity to learn from the diverse global experiences represented here about rural and regional communities – what helps them to thrive and what factors might contribute to their decline,” she said.
“It is also a great driver for action because the sharing of information about successful projects, the discussion around results and the challenges to different approaches to regional and rural engagement, fire thinking and innovation.”
Delegates attended field trips to Coober Pedy, Roxby Downs, Andamooka, Olympic Dam mine, Nyrstar Smelter in Port Pirie, Sim’s Farm Enterprise in Cleve and Boston Bay Winery in Port Lincoln.
Four previous IRN conferences were held in Vancouver Island, Canada, Inverness, Scotland, Abingdon, USA and Udaipur, India.