Regional Transformation – An Evolution of the Circular Economy

Mackay | 13 – 15 October 2021

A statement from EDA – National Economic Development Conference (NEDC) 2021.

Economic Development Australia (EDA) and Mackay Regional Council are delighted to announce that the 2021 National Economic Development Conference (NEDC21) will be held in Mackay, Queensland at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre from 13 – 15 October 2021.

After a year like no other we are looking forward to providing delegates with a memorable and invaluable event experience in Australia’s sunshine state.

Proudly hosted by Mackay Regional Council

economic development   


Conference Overview

As the flagship event for EDA, the peak national body for economic development practitioners, the national event will attract more than 200 economic development leaders from across Australia. The event will also host thought leaders in industry development, representatives from all levels of government and the key organisations with an interest in Australia’s prosperity and economic growth.

NEDC21 will feature a compelling 3-day program of highly regarded thought-leaders whose knowledge and expertise will challenge delegates and encourage robust dialogue around the conference’s central theme Regional Transformation – An Evolution of the Circular Economy.

At NEDC 2021, topics for thought-provoking discussions will include:

  • How can a circular economy stimulate jobs and growth? 
  • Circular economy as a driver for regional economic diversification
  • Developing local economic systems to reduce waste and increase efficiency 
  • Transformative thinking for economic development
  • Capturing opportunities through disruption
  • Regional transformation through collaboration 

NEDC at a Glance

Wednesday, 13 October

  • Study tours
  • Welcome Reception

Thursday, 14 October

  • Full Day Conference
  • Trade Exhibition
  • National Economic Development Awards of Excellence Dinner

Friday, 15 October

  • Full Day Conference
  • Trade Exhibition




Study Tours



Regional Transformation – An Evolution of the Circular Economy

13 – 15 October 2021


What past NEDC delegates have said …

Thoroughly enjoyable

 The quality of the program was fantastic, I had a thoroughly enjoyable time.   

– Holly

Amazing speakers!

 The futurist at the end of the conference was amazing! So energetic, great presentation, engaging content and a very great speaker.     

Loved the event!

I loved the event! I will definitely attend next year.

– Aldo

Meet like minded people

The most beneficial aspect of the conference was gaining a view of the bigger picture of economic development as it exists in Australia and globally, as well as the opportunity to meet and discuss ideas with so many like minded people.

The right balance

Great job – very good use of time, and the right balance of learning and social interaction.

Entertaining and informative

I got a lot out of the Masterclass, and by having that at the front of the conference it allowed for those thoughts and ideas to flow across the conference presenters.
I also really enjoyed the short 5 minute presentation format which were entertaining and informative.