Preparing for growth in Australia’s cities and regions

Media Release

Investment in urban and regional infrastructure will be better informed with the release of the Progress in Australian Regions—State of Regional Australia 2015 and State of Australian Cities 2014-15 publications today.

The publications provide an understanding of the nation’s overall economic and social wellbeing.

The economic output of our major cities has grown and their national importance remains extremely high, although mining activity in regional Australia has seen the overall percentage contribution by major cities to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) dip slightly. [Page 1, State of the Cities 2014-15].

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the release of both reports provides a deeper, more complete picture of the population, employment, economic and transport trends that are occurring across Australia.

“Building the infrastructure Australia needs for the future is best informed by a thorough understanding of the challenges ahead, and these publications will provide vital information for infrastructure planners and communities,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government released both the State of Australian Cities and State of Regional Australia reports concurrently to provide a nationwide view of Australia’s progress.”

Mr Truss said the release of the publications recognised the interrelated nature of cities and their surrounding regions.

“State of Australian Cities 2014-15 is an important tool for all levels of government in understanding where our cities are performing well and where there are opportunities for improvement,” he said.

“While there is no doubt our cities are vitally important for the nation’s prosperity they cannot be considered in isolation from their surrounding regions.

“The Progress in Australia’s Regions—State of Regional Australia 2015 report illustrates the different ways that regions change and takes into account aspects like population growth, economic wellbeing and social progress.

“This report shows that infrastructure continues to support the economies of regional Australian by promoting the efficient flow of people and resources while also providing regional Australians with access to essential services such as education and health.

“In December 2014, my Department released the Progress in Australian Regions—Yearbook 2014 to provide a statistical resource that can help answer the question of how regions are progressing against economic, social, environmental and governance indicators.

“This publication will enable governments, private investors and the community to identify trends that are important for policy development and investment decisions.

“The Government will continue to provide detailed analysis of the challenges facing the nation—inclusive of regional Australia.”

Mr Truss said the Australian Government had been investing widely in urban and regional infrastructure since being elected.

“Our commitment to delivering national prosperity begins with delivering the infrastructure Australia needs, and we have embarked on a nationwide programme of investment to achieve this end,” he said.

“Commitments such as the $8.5 billion upgrade of the Bruce Highway and the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing—the largest commitment to a single regional road project in Queensland’s history—will support the continued movement of goods to domestic and international markets.

“Likewise, the Perth Freight Link will create a new world class freight connection between the Roe Highway and the Fremantle Port, and we are expecting a business case and delivery plan for the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project soon.

“The announcement of Badgerys Creek as the preferred site for Western Sydney’s airport is a significant commitment, and we are investing $2.9 billion towards key road upgrades to support the region through the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.

“The $5 billion Asset Recycling Initiative is helping states build major urban public transport projects, such as the Second Harbour Rail Crossing in Sydney.

“When projects like these are combined with our other initiatives such as the Black Spot, Bridges Renewal and Roads to Recovery programmes—with Roads to Recovery receiving over $1.1 billion in extra funding in the past fortnight—Australia’s infrastructure future looks very promising indeed.”

The publications can be found online at:https://infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/pab/soac/index.aspx andhttp://regional.gov.au/regional/publications/sora/index.aspx

Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC)
26 – 28 August 2015 | Albury, New South Wales

www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Conference sponsored by La Trobe University, The Regional Development Company, Vertel, EJ Australia, REMPLAN, .id the population experts and the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.

 

Australian Regional Development Conference – August 2015

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Join some of Australia’s most influential and engaging industry regional leaders from Councils, Government Agencies, Academia and Business to examine the proposition “Redefining the Future of Regional Australia”.

The Conference is being held in Albury from the 26th to the 28th of August 2015.

The program includes 8 keynote presentations and over 50 concurrent sessions, optional workshops and poster presentations.

With just four weeks remaining, there is still time to book your attendance to this important regional event. Registration also includes the Awards Dinner.

All delegates will have secure access to the full program podcast library and book of proceedings after the event. They will also be encouraged to contribute articles for distribution through conference publications.

For further information on the program or to register please visit www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC)
26 – 28 August 2015 | Albury, New South Wales

Conference sponsored by La Trobe University, The Regional Development Company, Vertel, EJ Australia, REMPLAN, .id the population experts and the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.

Helen Knight form Planisphere to present on ‘Landscape Character and Significance’

Helen Knight, Associate Senior Planner and Urban Designer at Planisphere to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held in Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Helen Knight

Helen Knight

Speaker Introduction: Helen is a senior strategic planner and urban designer with extensive experience in both consulting and local government in Australia and overseas. Helen’s experience encompasses urban design, heritage planning, landscape assessment, structure planning, urban regeneration and strategic and statutory planning, in a variety of urban, regional and rural settings.

She has a keen appreciation of the built environment and a desire to better utilise the planning system to create urban places that are sustainable, memorable and people-focused. She brings a thoughtful and conscientious approach to her work, and produces high quality written and visual products.

Helen enjoys the process of working collaboratively with clients, the community and other consultants to develop a broad strategic vision for each project. She is skilled in translating this vision into detailed built form and public realm recommendations which can be readily implemented in the planning scheme or through ongoing management practices. Her training in architecture is evident in her work and her ability to reflect this in writing is a rare talent. Helen has been actively involved in the profession previously serving as the Urban Design Convenor on the PIA (Vic) Committee.

Presentation Title: Landscape Character and Significance, affecting policy
Co-Author: Isobel Maginn, Planner and Landscape Architect at Planisphere

Overview: The presentation will focus on the Landscape Character and Significance work prepared by Planisphere for a large proportion of rural and regional Victoria including the Victorian Coastline and the majority of Western and Northern Victoria, including the many varied landscapes of desert, agricultural plains and rugged uplands.

A methodology will be presented that has been pioneered over many years involving over twenty months of comprehensive research, extensive field survey work and a broad and inclusive consultation program which presents a thorough assessment of landscape character, areas and views of significance across Victoria.

The outputs of the Study will be used by a range of councils and key government agencies to better inform decision making through a more detailed consideration of impacts, opportunities and approaches to achieve improved siting and design outcomes for development within these important landscapes.

To view and/or download the Conference program, please click here.  For information on registration or to book your delegate pass, visit the website here.

Kim Hewson, Principal at Economic Transitions will present on the development of strategies for sustainable tourism

Kim Hewson, Principal at Economic Transitions will present on developing strategies for sustainable tourism at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held in Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Kim Hewson

Kim Hewson

Speaker Introduction:  Kim Hewson has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, including positions as General Manager of hotels in Perth, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for an international hotel chain leading their global offices, and director of Australian and New Zealand markets with various hospitality and tourism products.  With experience in a number of regional and international locations, Kim has a solid understanding of the global environment and the diversified requirements of tourists.

Kim graduated from the University of Western Australia with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA). With an interest in sustainable tourism, Kim completed her thesis on, ‘A Strategic Analysis of the Key Success Factors of Developing a Sustainable Tourism Resort in a Remote Location – Cocos (Keeling) Islands’.  Keen to continue her research in the sustainability of regional and remote locations through the implementation of tourism strategies, Kim was accepted through the Curtin Sustainable Tourism Centre at Curtin University in 2011 for research in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  Her current research focuses on the economic diversification of regional mining communities, and is titled, ‘The Development of Sustainable Tourism as an Economic Alternative to Supplement Mining Based Regional Economies – Kalgoorlie, Western Australia’.

Since commencing Economic Transitions in 2011, Kim has focused on the development of sustainable tourism as an alternative for economic growth in regional Australia.

Presentation Title: Development of a Strategy for Sustainable Tourism – Shire of Leonora, North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia

Overview: Mining in the Goldfields of Western Australia has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few decades. Many shires and towns have survived on a mono-economy which ultimately matures in parallel with the mining lifecycle. However, the mining lifecycle is dependent on a number of variables which makes the market both volatile and capricious. The Shire of Leonora (Shire), a remote outback town in the North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, is one such town. Recognising that its longer term sustainability required economic diversification, the Shire undertook the development of a tourism strategy which would have the potential to provide commercial multiplicity and social value.

This paper aims to provide economic and tourism developers in regional centres an outline of the process undertaken in developing a working tourism strategy with the Shire of Leonora, and to illustrate the importance of stakeholder engagement and community participation in developing a working strategy.

The contents of the paper will include the geographical, economic and social overview of the Shire of Leonora; identify the outcomes required by the Shire; apply models and tools in developing the strategy to ensure practicable outcomes; identify the carrying capacity of the Shire for the tourism sector; consider the processes established to ensure community participation in recognising current and potential tourist attractions in the Shire; identify future tourism potential through project development categorised into short, medium and long term projects; and the importance of risk analysis in project development.

The conclusions of the paper will assess the completion of the tourism strategy, post submission endorsement by Council, project commencement and funding, and where are they now.

About the Conference
The Australian Regional Development Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation. The 2015 theme is “Redefining the Future of Regional Australia”, it will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future.

Concurrent streams will focus on the following topics:

  • 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

To view and/or download the Conference program, please click here.  For information on registration or to book your delegate pass, visit the website here.

Professor Duncan Campbell to present on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in Regional Australia

Professor Duncan Campbell, Director of QUT’s Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation to present on utilising unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in Regional Australia at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held 26– 27 August 2015 in Albury.

Professor Duncan Campbell

Professor Duncan Campbell

Speaker Introduction: Professor Duncan Campbell is the Director of QUT’s Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) in the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Discipline with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has 25 years of research leadership in control and automation.

Duncan serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) and was the IEEE Queensland Section Chapter Chair of the Control Systems/Robotics and Automation Society Joint Chapter (2008/2009). He is the Chair of CDIO Australian and New Zealand regional group of the global CDIO collaboration in engineering education, and was President of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education in 2011.

Duncan was the leader for the recently completed Project ResQu, a two year, $7M collaborative research partnership between QUT, CSIRO, Boeing Research & Technology Australia, Insitu Pacific Ltd and the Queensland State Government. Project ResQu fast-tracked research focusing on the enabling technologies and the regulatory environment toward the routine operation of unmanned aircraft.

Presentation Title: Flying Robots (Drones) in our Regional Areas

Overview: Unmanned Aircraft (UA), or as popularly referred to as drones, are rapidly becoming a ubiquitous technology with tremendous potential and impact in regional Australia. With lower population density than the metropolitan areas of our large cities, the lower risk profile provides avenues for more rapid adoption in certain areas.

We are already seeing significant interest and prospective productivity gains in agriculture, plant biosecurity, livestock management, feral animal management, native fauna conservation, infrastructure management and public safety.

There has been enormous progress made in technology and reduction in the cost of ownership of unmanned aircraft platforms, however, there remain a number of issues and challenges to be addressed before we see unmanned aircraft flying seamlessly and productively in airspace shared with manned aircraft users.

Public awareness and perception, insurance, cost of operation (rather than cost of ownership), regulatory compliance, airspace management compliance, safety management and advanced application technologies are receiving much attention, and there remains much to do.

This presentation gives a snapshot of the state of play today illustrating the opportunities, the challenges and the road ahead for this wave of disruptive technology.

About the Conference
The Australian Regional Development Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation. The 2015 theme is “Redefining the Future of Regional Australia”, it will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future.

  • Concurrent streams will focus on the following topics:
  • 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

To view and/or download the Conference program, please click here.  For information on registration or to book your delegate pass, visit the website here.