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What makes places like Mount Gambier Sustainable?

Community Action for Sustainability invites you to hear Professor John Martin from La Trobe University in Bendigo, on Thursday 24th July, in the Dress Circle, Main Corner, 1 Bay Rd, Mount Gambier.

Doors open 7.00pm, talk at 7.30pm – Followed by supper

Professor Martin has worked with local governments across Australia including those here in the South East on issues making our communities sustainable and resilient. The sustainability of our community is a primary motivator and challenge for local government leaders, and he believes that in order for our communities to be sustainable, resilient and prosper they must be governed effectively and well managed.


In this presentation, Professor Martin will identify the characteristics contributing to the sustainability of rural towns and regional communities based on research he did in 2012 on Canadian communities comparing these with Australian communities like Mount Gambier.


Professor Martin’s undergraduate degree was in ecology and natural resource management. This early training is reflected in the approach he has taken working with local governments. His subsequent graduate studies in public administration, a masters in sociology and a PhD in Public Policy provide the intellectual framework with which he has assisted local governments to determine their strategies and organise themselves to achieve their goals.


Professor Martin retired in February this year and continues as an Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University in Bendigo. He is a Fellow of Local Government Managers Australia and the Regional Australia Institute.


Source: Community Action for Sustainability