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- Abstract Submissions Open: February 2015
- Abstract Submissions Close: 15 May 2015
- Notification to Authors: 29 May 2015
- Author Acceptances: 8 June 2015
- Program Available: 12 June 2015
- Full Papers for Peer Review: 15 July 2015
- Early Bird Registrations Close: 15 July 2015
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Regional Australia – Redefining the Future
The Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015 with optional workshops on Friday 28 August 2015.
Themed "Redefining the Future of Regional Australia", it will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future.
The main driver behind the growth of Australian regional towns, especially of those in Queensland and Western Australia, is the continuous development of resources, for other regional areas business innovation is a necessity for future growth. Research has shown that the creativity, confidence and vision of locals, is central to a region's successful development and growth.
Regional Innovation is vital and has immediate benefits to the local community. There has been significant unemployment growth in regional areas over the past year, especially in the area of manufacturing. Job losses are more visible in smaller communities therefore, we must look at other opportunities to stimulate workforce participation.
Developing regional agriculture should be another area of focus following the announcement of new Free Trade Agreements. These FTA's will allow Australia to compete more fairly with other export nations and provide a framework for our commercial relationships with trading partners. They will increase trade and investment opportunities with foreign exchange assisting the creation of jobs in Australia.
Building better infrastructure across rural Australia is required to strengthen all aspects of Regional Development including tourism and transport industries.
The conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government 'not-for-profit' organisation. The program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynote Presenters, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Poster Presentations.
Sub themes for concurrent sessions:
- Sustainability / Renewables
- Population Movements
- Community Development
- Government Policy
- Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
- Free Trade Agreements
- Transport and Logistics
- NBN / Broadband Communication
- Banking / Finance
All presenters at the conference can have papers included in the "Book of Proceedings" which is published internationally with an ISBN number. Peer reviewing is available. Delegates also have access to the podcast resource, post conference. A collection of presentations on Regional Development recorded in 2014 and 2015.
- Tim Farrah, Regional Manager - Hume & Riverina, AIG Group
- Mark Glover, Director, Renewed Carbon Pty. Ltd
- Sherri Makepeace, Owner/Director , Chitoda
- Tony McBurney, Director, Integrated Design Group
- Peter Sugg, Chair, Sustainability in Business Association Inc
Confirmed Keynotes 2015
|Su McCluskey, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Australia Institute|
|Prof Richard Speed, Pro Vice-Chancellor, La Trobe University|
|Lynda Summers, Director, Countrytell Management Pty Ltd|
|Glenn Capuano, Demographer .ID Consulting|
|Paul Deane, Senior Agricultural Economist, ANZ Banking Group|
|Professor Max Finlayson, Professor for Ecology & Biodiversity, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University|
|Adjunct Professor Paul Collits, University of the Sunshine Coast and Napier City Council NZ|
- The Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development
- Anna Skarbek, Executive Director, ClimateWorks Australia
A special thank you to our 2014 Keynote Speakers:
- Associate Professor Trevor Budge AM, Manager, Strategy City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University
- Professor John Cole, Executive Director, Institute for Resilient Regions, University of Southern Queensland
- Professor Max Finlayson, Professor for Ecology & Biodiversity, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University
- Ms Alexandra Gartman, CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
- Mr Mark Glover, Principal, Renewed Carbon
- Adjunct Professor Tony Sorensen, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England
- Dr Hajime Suzuki, Project Leader, Rural Broadband Access Project, Digital Productivity Flagship, CSIRO
- Professor Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor and President, Charles Sturt University
- Mr Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Ai Group
Feedback from 2014 Attendees:
Great to see so many great ideas from regional Australia - more creative and energetic than ever.
It was one of the best conferences I have attended.
The topics were very relevant to me and I gained a lot of useful information and ideas.
A good mix of academic presentations and 'on the ground' working presentations.
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