Robert Prestipino has been working in regional areas for over 25 years and is a recognised thought leader in place-based projects for regional innovation.  In the last ten years he has been working on best practice Catalyst Projects for Regional revitalisation. He is a qualified Urban Designer, Registered Landscape Architect, Corporate Member of the Planning Institute of Australia, Member of Economic Development Australia and Local Ecommerce Marketer. Visit:

“Robert’s place-based approach has given us all the steps to work through in a logical order. It has clearly communicated what we need to do, and what we need to focus on for the future, and made the whole process straightforward. Every planning step is in place and easy for Council to follow.”

Graeme Scheu - Mayor, Goondiwindi Regional Council

“So glad we secured Robert Prestipino as one of our guest speakers.  Roberts’s presentation was extremely well received; the feedback from attendees was that they walked away with a different perspective on how to tackle the issues regional areas are facing.  Robert’s presentation gave out the tools to develop new strategies, especially advantageous ‘stuff’ for our smaller community representatives.  Murray Now highly recommends Robert... a true professional.”

Nicole Doughty – Murray Now Ltd


Kate Charters has worked in policy development and organisational management at senior levels in both the government and private sector for more than 30 years. For the past six years she has been the Chair of the National Steering Committee for Sustainable Economic Growth in Regional Australia (SEGRA).  SEGRA is recognised as Australia’s most credible independent body on issues affecting regional Australia. Kate is a member of the Australian institute of Company Directors and a Certificated member of the Governance Institute of Australia. Visit: or

Since its establishment in 1997 SEGRA has played a significant role in promoting regional Australia. Through the assistance of highly skilled and committed practitioners, rural and remote communities in Australia have been successful in identifying issues and sourcing skills and practices to achieve sustainable economic growth and development. “

Colin Barnett - Premier Western Australia

“Regional Development is indeed an important issue for the state and fedral government and I appreciate the work of SEGRA to promote the regional development agenda.”

 Ted Baillieu - Premier Victoria