Mark Glover, Renewed Carbon at Regional Development Conference

Mark Glover, Principal, Renewed Carbon will be presenting at the Australian Regional Development Conference in October in Albury.

Mark Glover

Renewed Carbon is a specialist project development company operating entirely in the Biomass Processing Sector.

As the wholesale use of fossil fuels/resources is discouraged, in our progressively more carbon constrained economy, the conversion of biomass into supplementary/replacement “drop in” products is progressing from an optional to an essential activity, and Renewed Carbon is in the vanguard of developing the actual drop in products, sponsoring the development of the necessary conversion technologies and then developing the actual projects (systems and infrastructure) to facilitate this vital industrial transformation.

Mark established Renewed Carbon in 2002 as a natural progression from the work of his specialist advisory and consultancy, Eco Waste Pty Ltd ( which has been providing strategic advice on sustainable resource use issues for 25 years.

Form 1994 to 2004, Mark initiated, delivered and commissioned Australia’s most advanced used oil (lubricants) re-refinery (Southern Oils, Wagga Wagga) as a project that started from first principles and was eventually established as a hi-tech, best of type project in regional NSW.

Regional Australia is again the focus of Renewed Carbon’s current “BioHub” initiative; a project to establish some 200 biomass receiving and processing facilities throughout Australia, to be to the emerging Biomass Processing Sector what railhead silos are to the cropping sector or scrap yards are to the metals recycling industry: both first-points-of-receival and receivers-of-last-resort for any biomass arisings (see

Asia home to world’s fastest broadband, Australia lags

broadbandThe top 20 places to find the world’s fastest internet and  Australia is not on the list

The top 20 places to find the world’s fastest internet:

  1. Hong Kong, 65.4 Mbps
  2. South Korea, 63.6 Mbps
  3. Japan, 52 Mbps
  4. Singapore, 50.1 Mbps
  5. Israel, 47.7 Mbps
  6. Romania, 45.4 Mbps
  7. Latvia, 43.1 Mbps
  8. Taiwan, 42.7 Mbps
  9. Netherlands, 39.6 Mbps
  10. Belgium, 38.5 Mbps
  11. Switzerland, 38.4 Mbps
  12. Bulgaria, 37 Mbps
  13. United States, 37 Mbps
  14. Kuwait, 36.4 Mbps
  15. United Arab Emirates, 36 Mbps
  16. Britain, 35.7 Mbps
  17. Canada, 34.8 Mbps
  18. Czech Republic, 34.8 Mbps
  19. Macau, 34.4 Mbps
  20. Sweden, 33.1 Mbps


Figures are average peak connection speeds in megabits per second. Source: Akamai
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blog_col2Digital Futures and other broadband issues are to be discussed at the Australia Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October Albury 2014

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Over 60 presenters to speak on Australian Regional Development Conference, Albury October 2014

The Australian Regional Development Conference being held in Albury in October 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.

Our exciting program includes:
• 9 keynote presentations
• 54 concurrent sessions
• Panel discussion including Q & A’s
• Poster presentations
• 6 optional workshops
Along with The Innovation Awards, announced and presented during the Conference dinner.

Register soon to be eligible for the discounted early bird rates.  Full registration also includes the Conference dinner.

For further information or to register please visit the conference website.


Voices for Indi – Building participatory democracy in Regional Australia

Ms Cathy McGowan, Federal Member for Indi will present “The direction of education and training in rural/regional areas” at the Australian Regional Development Conference, being held in Albury from the 15 – 17 October 2014.


Cathy will speak on the importance of education and training in rural and regional areas and role of government in supporting growth, employment and innovation.


It is Cathy’s belief that, of all the investments a community can make, investment in education gives some of the best returns.


In addition, Ms Alana Johnson President of Voices for Indi Inc, will present a workshop “Voices for Indi — Building participatory democracy in regional Australia”.


Voices for Indi is a community engagement process which is revitalising and building ‘democratic capital’ in regional Australia. During the 2013 Federal election campaign, the eyes of the nation focused on the Indi electorate which saw a previously safe seat swing by 9 per cent against the national trend and elect an Independent candidate backed by a community movement.


Voices for Indi was set up to provide a simple and effective process by which all people across the electorate regardless of political affiliation can have a voice — where their interests, concerns and ideas are heard and respected. Voices for Indy set about to rebuild the relationship between our politicians and the people and create a new standard for politics in Australia. It enables people to articulate their vision for Indi, to learn and to connect with each other and build alliances for action.

The workshop will share the Voices for Indi story, demonstrating the values and strategies underpinning the participatory process, and outline its impacts and plans for the future.


To register for the Conference, please visit the website Early bird registration closes on the 4th September. Register soon to access these discounted rates.

Rural population – Vacant dwellings in rural areas

Vacant dwellings in rural areas, posted by April 1, 2014 in the Id Blog

It might surprise some people that about one in ten dwellings in Australia are vacant on Census night.  What’s more, as we’ve blogged previously, there are distinct spatial patterns to vacant dwellings, with the highest proportions generally recorded in coastal areas with high amenity.  The reasons for this are well documented and are generally due to holiday or second home ownership.  However, there are inland parts of Australia where the proportion of vacant dwellings is quite high, and in some parts, increasing over time.  Some of these are in locations that are not considered high amenity, so what are the characteristics of these areas?  Let’s take a closer look.


What region has the highest proportion of vacant dwellings?

Rural areas, regardless of whether they are on the coast or inland, tend to have higher vacancy rates than metropolitan areas and large regional centres. Similar to coastal regions, many are located in areas of high amenity and hence are attractive locations for holiday or second homes. The table below shows the inland areas with the highest proportion of vacant dwellings across Australia. Note that inland areas are defined as those which do not share a boundary with the coast, and that the table excludes SA2s with less than 200 dwellings.

At the SA2 level, Central Highlands in Tasmania has the highest proportion of vacant dwellings in Australia – 64.2% in 2011. This roughly equates to the Central Highlands Council covering central Tasmania – a sparsely settled area with small towns. Apparently there are a number of fishing shacks around the lakes, which at Census time during the week in the middle of winter are unlikely to be occupied.

SA2 State Proportion (%)
Central Highlands TAS 64.2
Mansfield VIC 45.0
Mannum SA 41.3
Western SA 37.7
Cooma Region NSW 33.4
Mukinbudin WA 33.1
Bright – Mount Beauty VIC 31.9
Alexandra VIC 31.4
APY Lands SA 30.8
Tanami NT 30.2

Source:  ABS, Census of Population and Housing (2011) – unpublished data

Interestingly, there are SA2s in this list that are located in snowfield regions – an area were you expect any vacant dwellings to be occupied on Census night. In Mansfield, almost half of dwellings were unoccupied – surprising given that Mount Buller and its ski fields are located in this area. Other ski field locations with a high proportion of vacant dwellings on Census night include Cooma Region in NSW (33.4%) and Bright – Mount Beauty (31.9%). While the ski fields have their peak season in August, it may be affected by the quality of the snow season – 2011 was not a good season for the ski fields and this would have had an impact on vacancy rates. In addition, because of the high amenity of these areas there are a growing number of holiday/second homes.

There are also some very remote areas with high Indigenous populations in this list, namely APY Lands in the north west corner of South Australia and Tanami in the western part of the Northern Territory. The higher proportion of vacant dwellings may relate to the high rate of personal mobility amongst the Indigenous population but there may also be a number of abandoned houses due to the remoteness factor.


Small area 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011
Proportion (%)
Echuca 8.3 8.4 7.5 8.7 9.3
Kyabram 9.0 8.0 8.9 8.8 8.3
Lockington-Gunbower & District 8.7 11.5 11.3 15.5 19.1
Rochester 9.4 8.9 9.5 11.6 13.0
Rushworth & District 16.8 22.5 18.5 18.1 22.9
Stanhope & District 7.6 11.3 9.8 11.2 13.6
Tongala & District 9.0 10.5 8.0 8.6 10.8

Source:  Census of Population and Housing (1991-2011), compiled and presented in

Do you live in an inland area? Have you noticed changes in the occupancy rates over time? Give us your thoughts on the potential reasons in the comments section.

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