The 5th International Rural Network World Forum (Forum 2012) will be held in The Upper Spencer Gulf & Outback, South Australia. Hosted by the University of South Australia’s Centre for Rural Health and Community Development, our region was chosen not only for its diverse industries and landscapes but also in recognition of its effort to promote sustainable communities.
As with previous forums, field trips will be an integral part of Forum 2012, with delegates having the option to visit Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs and the Flinders Ranges and Outback Areas. Regional familiarisation and industry specific tours will be conducted in these locations offering delegates the chance to learn more about the communities in this region.
About the Upper Spencer Gulf:
The Upper Spencer Gulf has a strong pioneering and industrial history and is where the Flinders Ranges and outback meet the sea. The region has developed on the extraction and processing of a range of rich mineral resources of northern South Australia and as a staging post for north-south and east-west journeys and freight movements across the Australian Continent.
The region has progessed to become a vibrant industrial centre with a developing emphasis on lifestyle, tourism and the spectacular natural environment.
The region's cities - Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie each have their own identity but share a common easy-going and laidback atmosphere.
(Information courtesy of www.gmusg.com)
Where the Outback Meets the Sea, 300+ days of sunshine per year, friendly locals and plenty to see and do Whyalla is the ideal holiday destination or place to live.
Whyalla boasts spectacular outback landscapes, scenic views, vast coastline and is rich in culture and heritage. While in Whyalla why not try your hand at some of the best fishing in South Australia or take a tour on the land locked ship HMAS Whyalla. Whatever your interests there is something in Whyalla for everyone.
As one of the largest regional centres in South Australia, Whyalla has all the facilities that you would expect from a city this size. From seven day a week shopping, to an educational precinct, multiple sporting facilities and the fantastic boating facilities.
(Information courtesy of www.whyalla.com)
About Port Augusta
"Crossroads of Australia" and Gateway to the Flinders Ranges, the outback and Spencer Gulf, Port Augusta is situated on the quiet waterways at the head of the Spencer Gulf and in close proximity to the spectacular Flinders Ranges.
Off to the west and south-west lie a range of hills which once marked the territory of the Nukunu Aboriginal tribe, and to the north-west are two remarkable flat-topped mounts, peacefully lying underneath the sky's vast blue canopy.
Modern shopping facilities are located within a friendly mall atmosphere. A number of historic places of interest can be viewed on a leisurely heritage walk and a variety of recreational facilities can be enjoyed. Port Augusta also makes an ideal base to explore the region's many attractions.
(Information courtesy of www.portaugusta.sa.gov.au)