Regional Victoria - An Economic Powerhouse: Untapped Opportunities

  • When: Tuesday 30 October 2018
  • Time: 12.00 p.m. - 1.00 p.m.
  • Where: Russell Kennedy Lawyers - Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
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Opportunities for investment and development in regional Victoria have never been better.
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Join Russell Kennedy Lawyers, Richard Simpson, Immediate Past President of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, and Richard Riordan MP, for a lunch seminar discussing booming regional Victoria.

Victoria is Australia's fastest growing state, with growth rates larger than NSW, SA, TAS, NT and ACT combined. Our speakers will give an insight into the scale of current and future opportunities and what these could mean for your organisations. 

Richard Simpson will provide an in-depth analysis of current and projected real estate trends in major regional growth towns throughout Victoria. 

Richard Riordan MP will give an overview of recent substantial private sector investment in Geelong, Colac and surrounding districts, the resulting huge demand for employees, and existing pent-up demand for housing, infrastructure, and planning scheme improvements.

Paul Somers will identify key risks and opportunities which all businesses, investors and organisations involved in the growth of Regional Victoria need to be aware of to capitalise on this once-in-a-generation shift. He will preview emerging trends and relevant legislative changes scheduled for 2019.


Richard Simpson

Immediate Past President, Real Estate Institute of Victoria

Richard is the Immediate Past President of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) and Immediate Past Chairman of the REIV's Commercial & Industrial Chapter Commitee. Richard is also a Licensed Estate Agent and a Partner in W. B. Simpson & Son, a family real estate business situated in North Melbourne with over 140 years of history.

Richard Riordan

MP, Member for Polwarth

Richard is local representative in State Parliament for the large Polwarth electorate, in the centre of Victoria’s Western District which is a hub of major pastoral and industrial operations. Prior to his appointment, Richard was managing director of his family’s businesses based in Colac, which have operated in the region for five generations. Richard is the former Chairperson of Colac Area Health, the Corangamite Catchment Authority, Sacred Heart Primary School, as well as Chairperson of the local Business and Traders Association.


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