Regional Development Australia: The Conference 2014

Regional Development

Program Now Available

Over 60 presenters will share their knowledge and experience with delegates in plenary, concurrent and workshop sessions. View the program here.

The Innovation Awards 2014

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories. Winners will be profiled by media partners and on the conference website and social media.


The Award Presentation Ceremony is held in conjunction Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on October 15th at the Commercial Club Albury.


Award Judges

Cameron Little, Lecturer, University of New South Wales

Susan Benedyka, Founder and Managing Director of The Regional Development Company Pty Ltd (RDC)

Tony McBurney, Director, Integrated Design Group

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The conference is open to all academics but particularly to early career researchers who are currently undertaking an academic degree, post-doctoral studies or are in the early years of their career.

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The Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Albury NSW on the 15th and 16th of October with four (4) optional workshops on Friday 17th October 2014.

Mayor's Message – Australian Regional Development Conference

MayorIt's a great pleasure to welcome you to Albury for the Australian Regional Development Conference.

As one of Australia's leading regional cities, we welcome this discussion and debate to Albury. AlburyCity is a very proud supporter of this event. The challenges facing regional areas cross borders and territories. But the proper planning, discussion and debate of new ideas they are challenges that can be overcome.

The Australian Regional Development Conference will focus on issues surrounding economy, planning, environment and community development. The aim of the conference is to advance economic and social outcomes for regional Australia. The conference provides the opportunity to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of regional Australia.

For visitors to Albury I extend a warm welcome. While in our city I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the many activities and attractions we have to offer. For first time visitors I'd encourage you to start in our CBD. The many restaurants and cafes are a fantastic showcase of the food and wine that has made the region famous.

While in our CBD you can also take our heritage walking tour which gives you a great insight into the rich history of our city.

The Library Museum just next door is regional New South Wales' most visited cultural attraction and I'd encourage you to stop in and wander through the exhibits.

If you prefer the outdoors we're perfectly located on the iconic Murray River.

Meanwhile, Lake Hume and our nearby walking and cycling trails are amongst the most spectacular locations in regional New South Wales.

Of course, if you'd like to know more about Albury and the region more generally I'd encourage you to drop into our Visitor Information Centre opposite the Albury train station.

On behalf of AlburyCity I welcome you to our city and hope that the Australian Regional Development Conference further strengthens your sector to the benefit of Australian communities.

Cr Kevin Mack
Mayor Albury City

Regional Development - Where to from here?

Australia’s sustainability and future are reliant on the development of regional areas. Some regional areas are flourishing and others are struggling. Through innovation, collaboration and sharing there has been progress in many regional communities. This conference “where to from here” will provide equal focus to the advancement of economic and social outcomes for regional Australia.

Economic, Planning, Environment and Community Development 

The Australian Regional Development Conference will focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development. The aim of the conference is to advance economic and social outcomes for regional Australia. The conference provides the opportunity to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of regional Australia.

The conference will address

  • Economic development opportunities for business and job creation
  • Social inclusion issues of unemployment; education completion rates, health delivery and community development
  • Planning and building challenges of land use application, refurbishment and renewal in a regional setting
  • Sustainability and liveable communities principles
  • How to meet the challenging in uncertain times; climate change, population shifts, natural disasters, droughts, mining boom and agriculture adjustments
  • Infrastructure challenges for freight to distribute products from regional Australia to urban and overseas export markets

Regional Australia is closing the regional-urban divide in many ways. The Australian Regional Development Conference is being held in the Albury-Wodonga area. The twin-cities of Albury-Wodonga were New South Wales and Victorias' top entry for liveable cities based on housing affordability, health and a sense of community according to the Suncorp Bank Family Friendly Index.


  • Renewable energy and energy supply
  • Natural resource management including water management
  • Planning and Building with focus on small inland town, regional cities and coastal developments
  • Social and recreation developments - cultural, sporting, historic precincts and services
  • Economic development of major regional industries including agriculture, mining and tourism
  • Community Service Delivery with a focus on health, housing affordability/access and special attention to aged care services
  • Employment -  job creation, skilled migration and unemployment
  • Education and Training – regional universities and vocational training
  • Government - policy, funding and evaluation
  • Infrastructure and Transport stream - Road Freight, Rail, shipping and ports, regional airports/airlines, passengers services,  
  • Digital – broadband technology, colocation of services

Conference Advisory Committee includes


Confirmed Keynotes include:

  • Associate Professor Trevor Budge AM, Manager, Strategy City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus 
  • Adjunct Professor Tony Sorensen, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England
  • Professor John Cole, Executive Director, Institute for Resilient Regions, University of Southern Queensland
  • Dr Hajime Suzuki, Project Leader, Rural Broadband Access Project, Digital Productivity Flagship, CSIRO
  • Mr Mark Glover, Principal, Renewed Carbon
  • Professor Kate Auty,Vice Chancellor's Fellow, University of Melbourne; Chair of NRLJA Board; Chair of MSSI (UoM) advisory board; Chair of NeCTAR advisory board; Member AURIN advisory board
  • Ms Alexandra Gartman, CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
  • Professor Max Finlayson, Professor for Ecology & Biodiversity, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University
  • Professor Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor and President, BEng (Hons), PhD, GradCertBusAd, FAIM, FAICD, FIEAust
  • Mr Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Ai Group
    [Proudly sponsored by: Carnovale Recruitment]

Who Should Attend

  • Federal and state representatives and politicians
  • Regional leaders, Regional communities and local government
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Local government representatives mayors, general managers and economic development managers
  • Special Interest Groups on regional development organisations
  • Consultants with a regional focus, project managers
  • Chamber of Commerce representatives  
  • Regionally-focused corporate organisations
  • Educational institutions
  • Academics with a regional focus
  • Key decision makers in regional development
  • Corporate leaders interested in developing relationships in Regional Australia

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Sponsors, Exhibitors & Supporters

Charles Sturt University  
Dept of Industry - Business
Albury City
Bendigo Bank
Regional Development Company
Hansen Yuncken
National Rural Law and Justice Alliance
RDA- Orana
Adult Learning Australia
Association for Sustainability in Business
Carbon Reduction Institute
Economic Transitions
Latrobe University
Urban Design Australia
Carnovale Recruitment
Liveable Cities
REMPLAN KnightsRoses    



Delegates will have access to an extensive range of topics over a comprehensive 3 day program including Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Posters.