Regional Development Australia: The Conference 2014

The Innovation Awards 2014

Regional Development Awards

The Australian Regional Development Conference proudly announces the winners of the 2014 Innovation Awards.


Mr Marcus Westbury, Renew Newcastle
Project: Renew Newcastle

Mr Robert Hunt, Liverpool Plains Shire Council
Project: Quipolly Dam Upgrade


Ms Samantha Smith, Future Proofing Geelong
Project: Future Proofing Geelong Program

Ms Alana Johnson, Voices for Indi Inc
Project: Voices for Indi


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The Australian Regional Development Conference was held in Albury NSW on the 15th and 16th of October with optional workshops on Friday 17th October 2014.

Thank you to our speakers, delegates, session chairs, sponsors and supporters for contributing to a very successful Australian Regional Development Conference held at the Commercial Club.

Albury proved a fabulous destination to host the Conference from 15th - 17th October 2014.

More than 220 delegates attended over the three days with the program including 9 keynote presenters, 56 session presenters, a panel discussion, 4 workshops, poster and trade display along with the Innovation Awards Presentation Dinner.

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Our presenters focused on the issues of Economic Development, Planning & Building, Sustainability and Community Development with the aim of advancing economic and social outcomes for regional Australia.

The conference provided an opportunity to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of regional Australia.

Conference highlights were notably the Innovation Awards presented during the Conference Dinner, as well as the Panel discussion facilitated by Professor Kate Auty on the Thursday afternoon discussing the Future of the Regions.

Audio recordings of the presentations will be made available to delegates in the coming weeks along with the book of proceedings.

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

Panel Discussion

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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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.