Health, education and regional development top priority for Northern NSW

HEALTH, education and regional development should be the top three priorities of the new Federal Government, say respondents to a recent survey on The Northern Star’s website. Lismore Northern Star

The unscientific poll revealed a broadly pessimistic attitude about the future of the region under the new Coalition Government.

Half the respondents indicated they had voted for Labor in the recent election while almost 70% believed Tony Abbott was not an effective leader.

Six out of 10 people believed regional and rural areas would now be worse off, with 41% “very negative” about Australia’s future under the Coalition.

The environment would fare worse, said 67%, as too would health and education, said more than half.

Elsewhere in Northern NSW the picture was much the same, with 57% believing the regions would suffer under the Coalition, compared to just 27% who expected things to improve.

Almost half the online poll’s respondents were over 55 with just 13% under the age of 35. Almost 50% were in a full-time job or self-employed.

Hamish Broome,  20th Sep 2013,  Read More

Health, education and regional development will also be a top priority at the Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury.

The conference theme is “Where to from here?” and will cover the broad areas of regional development, economic, planning, environment and community.

The conference will focus on the following themes: Environment/Sustainability; Planning/Building; Community Development; Economic Development; Infrastructure; Employment/Education; and Health Services.

Would you like to speak at the conference? Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract submission.

To submit an Abstract or Sponsor this conference please click on this link conference website or go to http://regionaldevelopment.org.au/

Regional Development Australia – its future role

Regional Development Australia is seeking answers from the incoming federal government about what role it will continue to play in delivering on commitments for regional infrastructure.

The Coalition announced prior to the election it would replace the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF), leaving $150 million worth of recent projects in limbo.

The RDAF was the Labor government’s answer to the Regional Solutions program it scrapped in 2008, along with the Area Consultative Committees.

Now the incoming government wants to replace it with a new $1 billion National Stronger Regions Program, but there are concerns regional communities will miss out on critical new infrastructure announced before the election.

RDA executive officer for Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, Sonja Johnson, says it’s important the incoming government honours those commitments.

“It’s $5 million for Far North Queensland, so I’m very keen to ensure that we don’t lose that money.”

“The difference in the model essentially will be that the National Stronger Regions Fund is a local funding pool similar to the old Area Consultative Committee model, which means that money will be available for the community to do infrastructure here locally rather than it be a transparent, merit based, national process.

Regional Development Australia

Federal LNP Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has been a vocal critic of the RDAF and is looking forward to scrapping a program he says has been cumbersome and politicised.

“We are going to look at a program that actually will be funded, not on something that may or may not get money into the future, and I suspect the administration of this and working with the communities will actually create significantly more job opportunities.”

Read More  ABC Rural, Coalition back to the future on regional solutions

The future of regional Australia will be the key focus of the Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, Albury

Australian Regional Development Conference

The conference theme is “Where to from here?” and will cover the broad areas of regional development, economic, planning, environment and community.

The conference will focus on the following themes: Environment/Sustainability; Planning/Building; Community Development; Economic Development; Infrastructure; Employment/Education; and Health Services.

Would you like to speak at the conference? Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

To submit an Abstract for this conference please click on this link conference website or go to http://regionaldevelopment.org.au/

Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC)
15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
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Regional Development Australia – what will happen to the proposed Geelong infrastructure projects

Regional development infrastructure projects scheduled for Geelong are in doubt

GEELONG leaders will lobby that key infrastructure projects promised funding by the former government be honoured by the incoming Coalition.

The proposed $12 million Geelong Centre for Infectious Diseases, a major pipeline for an agricultural precinct in Lethbridge and a Torquay children’s centre are among initiatives that were to receive backing under Labor’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

The Coalition has vowed to dismantle the Regional Development Australia Fund and has said projects that were not under contract would be re-assessed, placing the viability of the projects in doubt.

G21 and the region’s mayors yesterday said they would be advocating strongly for the projects – which were believed for up to three months to be going ahead – to get Coalition support.

Geelong acting Mayor Bruce Harwood was pleased by the commitments in Geelong’s south, but said the northern part of the city had fared “very, very poorly” in election promises.

“It appears the Coalition has a financial stringency plan and intends to stick to it – we’ll see what they bring to the region.”

Golden Plains Mayor Jenny Blake was among the leaders to congratulate the Liberals’ Sarah Henderson on her victory in Corangamite, while thanking outgoing Labor MP Darren Cheeseman. “Darren Cheeseman

Shane Fowles   |  September 9th, 2013, The Geelong Advertiser Read More Carry on call to Coalition on projects

Collaboration between the three levels of government will be a key focus of the The Australian Regional Development Conference

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will also feature presentation on regional infrastructure. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

Call for papers  is now open.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

 

Rural Health Care focus at Regional Development Conference

Rural Health Care, experiencing poorer health than their metropolitan counterparts

Rural communities determining local healthcare needs

Professor Farmer says six rural communities in Victoria and Queensland will take part in the three-year study, which is about to start recruiting local people to help design their own health care approach. The research team will evaluate the results and recommend how this can be translated into practice.

‘The model in this study will empower local communities to determine what is important to them in terms of local health care needs and viable ways of meeting them in rural places.’

The project has been funded by a $418,000 Federal Government National Health and Medical Research Council grant and a further $525,000 from La Trobe University and partner institutions.

These are Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local, James Cook University, Townsville Mackay Medicare Local, Dental Health Services Victoria, the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS Victoria and Queensland) and The Victorian Department of Health.

There’s incontrovertible evidence,’ says Professor Farmer, ‘that people living in rural places in Australia tend to experience poorer health than their metropolitan counterparts.

The project is based on an earlier study of Professor Farmer’s into community health participation in Scotland. Titled Remote Service Futures, it won a Scottish Government innovation award.

Professor Farmer says many health problems in rural Australia are public health issues of overweight, smoking, having high blood pressure and mental health problems.

Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local CEO, Matt Jones agrees. He says Medicare Local is keen to identify ways in which meaningful community participation can occur. ‘This project provides a fantastic opportunity to involve local people in planning to improve services and health outcomes.’

Listen to Professor Farmer discuss the project on ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph

Innovative programmes like this one for Rural Communities led by Professor Farmer need to be profiled and promoted to a broader community beyond the Health sector. That is why Australian Regional Development Conferenc wants to feature and profile social development and not just economic regional development. Rural health care delivery will be a key theme of the conference.

Rural Health delivery at Regional Development Conference

Call for papers on Health Care issues for regional development.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Please indicate that your submission will be in Environment and Sustainability stream

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

If you you would like to speak at the The Australian Regional Development Conference please go to the conference website to submit your paper or contact the conference secretariat.

Australian Regional Development Conference 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury  Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298  Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Focus on health, education and regional development

20th Sep 2013 8:12 AM

New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (2nd L), his wife Margie (L), Governor-General Quentin Bryce (3rd L), her husband Michael Bryce (3rd R), leader of the National Party Warren Truss (R) and his wife Lyn (2nd R) pose for photographers after Tony Abbott was sworn in as the 28th prime minister of Australia during a ceremony in Canberra on September 18, 2013.

New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (2nd L), his wife Margie (L), Governor-General Quentin Bryce (3rd L), her husband Michael Bryce (3rd R), leader of the National Party Warren Truss (R) and his wife Lyn (2nd R) pose for photographers after Tony Abbott was sworn in as the 28th prime minister of Australia during a ceremony in Canberra on September 18, 2013. Stefan Postles

HEALTH, education and regional development should be the top three priorities of the new Federal Government, say respondents to a recent survey on The Northern Star’s website.

Ranking least important in voters’ minds was Tony Abbott’s promise to repeal the carbon and mining taxes and introduce a paid parental leave scheme.

The unscientific poll revealed a broadly pessimistic attitude about the future of the region under the new Coalition Government.

Half the respondents indicated they had voted for Labor in the recent election while almost 70% believed Tony Abbott was not an effective leader.

Six out of 10 people believed regional and rural areas would now be worse off, with 41% “very negative” about Australia’s future under the Coalition.

The environment would fare worse, said 67%, as too would health and education, said more than half.

Elsewhere in Northern NSW the picture was much the same, with 57% believing the regions would suffer under the Coalition, compared to just 27% who expected things to improve.

Four out of 10 respondents in the regional poll said they voted Labor, 30% for other parties and 30% for the Coalition.

Almost half the online poll’s respondents were over 55 with just 13% under the age of 35. Almost 50% were in a full-time job or self-employed.

Read the full story here