In September VicTas Branch President, Michael Bayliss, represented SPA as a speaker. the Regional Development Conference in Canberra. The presentation was entitled: ‘Should Regional Australia Absorb Our Population Growth?’ Given the context that the Victorian State Government is pushing to relocate the state’s population growth to the regions, and much of the conference was about expanding growth in the regions, SPA was keen to provide an alternative perspective. The presentation provided an argument for the many challenges associated with planning for population growth in the regions from economic, town planning and environmental perspectives. Attached is the audio of the presentation.