World Community Development Conference to inject $1.7m into local economy

  • 28 July 2022
Darwin Convention Centre

Darwin has been announced as the successful destination to host the 2023 World Community Development conference ‘From the Edge’.

The annual World Community Development Conference brings together global practitioners, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders from over 20 countries, to share learnings and discuss ideas and solutions for community development and community work.

The Northern Territory Government has partnered with the Darwin Convention Centre to secure this global conference for Darwin, which will run from 20 -22 June 2023.

Themes of ‘Community, Connection, Culture’ will be the focus of this event, with an emphasis on First Nations practices of working with communities.

The conference program will be filled with high-profile keynote presentations, panel debates, enriching workshops and field visits to community development projects in the region.

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Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Nicole Manison:
“Events like the World Community Development Conference are extremely important to the Northern Territory economy and tourism industry.

“This international conference will be staged at the world-class Darwin Convention Centre and is expected to attract over 500 delegates, generating $1.7 million in delegate expenditure for the Territory economy.

“Darwin, Larrakia Country, is the ideal place for delegates to share knowledge and work together as part of an international approach to community development.”

Quotes from Darwin Convention Centre General Manager, Peter Savoff:
“Our world-class venue is perfectly positioned within the lush tropical setting of the Darwin Waterfront Precinct where delegates can enjoy space to think, opportunities to learn, network and make truly authentic connections that will support the global work of community development.

“With a range of multi-purpose and adaptable event spaces, the Convention Centre’s award-winning facilities have been cleverly designed to support the needs of international conferences such as this with the dynamic programme set to include a mixture of plenary sessions, parallel workshops, presentations, and networking sessions.”

Quotes from Tourism Australia Managing Director, Phillipa Harrison:
“Tourism Australia is excited to be supporting the World Community Development Conference 2023 through the Business Events Bid Fund Program."

“Attracting events, like the World Community Development Conference, is helping to generate global attention for Australia’s world-class business events offering whilst also delivering short and long terms benefits to our tourism industry and economy more broadly.”

Quotes from Chair of International Association for Community Development Board of Trustees, Anna Clarke:
“The World Community Development Conferences are a major feature of our global calendar. As communities around the world continue to experience serious challenges, the Darwin conference is an opportunity for us to reassert the value of well-established and respected practices alongside the insights gained from new thinking and emerging approaches."

“This is particularly timely for IACD. 2023 is our 70th year and now more than ever, as a discipline we need to combine our collective focus, energies and skills into working with communities for a socially just world.”

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