Nominations close Friday for the 2015 Regional Development Innovation Award

Nominations are now being taken for the 2015 Regional Development Innovation Awards and will close this Friday 29 May.

The Awards aim to recognise and showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations working to develop sustainable economies across Regional Australia.Regional Development Awards

The award categories are:

To submit a nomination simply complete the online form including the following:

  • A brief overall description of your project, for use in the Conference Proceedings and other promotional material
  • 300-words for each criterion
  • All selection criteria to be addressed as appropriate to the project – if a criterion is not relevant to the project state ‘not applicable’

The 2015 Regional Development Innovation Awards will be presented at the Australian Regional Development Conference Dinner on Wednesday 26 August 2015 at the Commercial Club Albury.

To submit your nomination please visit the website here.

Winners for of the 2014 Regional Development Innovation Awards 

Economic Development Award – Proudly sponsored by The Regional Development Company

Mr Marcus Westbury, Renew Newcastle  Project: Renew Newcastle

Highly Commended – Mr Will Gerhard, Whitehorse City Council & Ms Julia Fenech, Wodonga Council

Planning and Building Award

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

Highly Commended – Mr Stephen Smith, Deicke Richards

Environment and Sustainability Award

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

Highly Commended – Mr Adam Gray, Local Government Association of SA

Community Development Award – Proudly sponsored by Charles Sturt University

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

Highly Commended – Mrs Cherelle Brooke, Coffs Harbour City Council


Call for Abstracts close Friday for Australian Regional Development Conference

ARDCThere are only 4 days before the Call for Abstracts close for the Australian Regional Development Conference.

The Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015 with optional workshops on Friday 28 August 2015.

The theme this year, Redefining the Future of Regional Australia, will explore challenges and opportunities both now and in the future.

Abstract submissions are sought for the below streams:

• Sustainability / Renewables
• Population Movements
• Community Development
• Government Policy
• Innovation
• Infrastructure
• Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
• Free Trade Agreements
• Transport and Logistics
• NBN / Broadband Communication
• Banking / Finance

Last year, the Conference Program featured over 50 interactive and informative sessions, Keynote presentations, optional workshops, a display of poster presentations and a trade display.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 2015 Australian Regional Development Conference.

For further information on abstract submission or the Conference, please visit the website here.

New arrangements between Australia and Philippines to benefit regional tourism

Article originally published in MICEBTN 5 May 2015

Australia’s deputy prime minister and minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new arrangements will provide for flights to increase by 55 per cent over the next year.

“Importantly, the arrangements expand code share opportunities for Australian airlines, providing potential for our airlines to expand their global networks and connectivity through co-operative marketing arrangements with overseas partners,” said Truss.

“The new arrangements will allow growth to continue for another four years, recognising the potential of Australia as a prime tourism destination within the Asia-Pacific region.”

The new arrangements provide an immediate increase in capacity entitlements from 6,000 seats each way each week to 8,300 seats each week, rising to 9,300 seats from March 2016.

Airlines can continue to operate unlimited services between the Philippines and Australian regional locations such as Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

MiceBTNTo read the full article please click here.