Book of Abstracts available now

Book Of Abstracts

Regional Development Conference 5-6 September 2016

The Book Of Abstracts is now available for The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress  which will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016. To view the Book Of Abstracts CLICK HERE.

This dynamic and content driven conference features a two day program with six keynote presentations, 12 concurrent streams, trade display, networking opportunities, conference dinner and showcase presentation and panel featuring regional business success stories.

Book Of Abstract snippets include;

Building strong communities – lessons from philanthropy, will be presented by Natalie Egleton, CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. This presentation shares a number of practical case studies of projects that highlight the factors that need to be in place to support strong, vibrant rural, regional and remote communities.

Mr Tony McBurney Director, integratedREGIONALdesign and Conference Chair says “Please don’t evict any more ‘old’ people from your town!” The next big thing is… the last big thing ageing as an opportunity.  The Baby Boomers have driven almost all markets in our economy for the last 60 years. Now that they are ‘aging’ they are too easily seen as the problem for small communities rather than the next great opportunity for regional development. It may be that the towns that best step up to meet the priorities of a ‘new aging’ are those that move forward most productively.

Keynote Speakers who will be attending include;

Dr David FlemingResearch Economist, CSIRO will be speaking on ‘What explains differences in regional development across the country?

Mr Sean Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council will speak on ‘Economic Development in Aboriginal Communities’.

Nicky Ison, Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney and Jarra Hicks, PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales are co-founders of Community Power Agency which helps to grow a vibrant community energy sector in Australia and they also helped to found the Coalition for Community Energy, working to address the barriers to the development of a wider Australian community energy sector.  Together they have been instrumental in the development of community energy policy in NSW, Victoria and federally.

Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council (ALC) – which represents the major and national companies participating in the Australian freight logistics supply chain industry will be speaking on; Getting the Supply Chain Right’.

Discussing the ‘Sustainable Tourism Model’ will be Associate Professor Simon McArthur, Deputy Chair, Australian Regional Tourism Network.

Warwick Powell, founder and Chairman of Sister City Partners Ltd, a regional not-for-profit investment banking enterprise. He is also a Director of a number of companies in Australia and Hong Kong involved in investment banking, big data analytics, renewable energy and agribusiness services.

The conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government not-for-profit organisation.

CLICK HERE to register your attendance at the 2016 conference.

To view the Book Of Abstracts CLICK HERE.

 

Richard Colbran to discuss community development and health

Community Development Richard Colbran

Richard Colbran will speak on how healthy, well country kids are a catalyst for strong communities

Community development: We are pleased to announce Mr Richard Colbran, Business Director, Royal Far West as a speaker, at the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress which will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Richard Colbran will be speaking on ‘Healthy and well country kids – a catalyst for strong communities’ in the Community Development stream.

Healthy and well children and families are important to secure and sustain the next generation of regional Australia. However, families living in country Australia can face challenges in accessing services and good-quality infrastructure (AIFS, 2013). Rural communities are on average sicker, poorer and more disadvantaged compared to people in urban settings. They also have less access to health care (Wilson et al, 2009).

Children living in regional Australia have the right to receive the health and education services and support they need. This is essential so that they can develop well and participate fully in community life. Investment in country kids has exponential advantages to Australian society, delivering benefits and savings in health, education, justice and social welfare and enhancing human capital and productivity.

The presentation will provide examples of RFW approach: highlighting key steps in mobilising integrated funding partnerships, explaining how RFW is addressing the paediatric specialist and allied health workforce shortage and sharing RFW experiences of building service stream capacity to enhance health and community outcomes.

Rural Community Development – Richard Colbran

Richard Colbran is an experienced not-for-profit organisation manager in health and social services and is currently Business Director at Royal Far West – an independent, non-government charitable organisation which has been providing health services for rural and remote children across NSW since 1924.

An advocate for social leadership, Richard’s interests include discovery and innovation, building the capacity of individuals and organisations in order to create change for the community’s health, safety and wellbeing, and the commercialisation of services and products to support NGO sustainability.

Community development will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is the regional conference to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

The conference addresses issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation.

Regional business: $1m innovation hub

regional Business AustraliaRegional Business: An ‘innovation hub’ will be established at Southern Cross University in Lismore in an effort to create new ideas about sustainable business development in the northern rivers region.

The state government has entered into a two-year $1 million partnership with the university to establish the hub, as reported by The Echo.

NSW Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro, who toured the campus this week, said the hub would enable students, researchers and entrepreneurs collaborate on new ideas.

‘Collaboration and sharing ideas is a key driver of innovation in small business and this program will ensure start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Northern Rivers have access to a space that will allow them to do this, parallel to those in the Sydney metropolitan area,’ Mr Barilaro said.

‘Small business is the engine room of the NSW economy and this partnership with Southern Cross University will create new business ideas, new job opportunities and new industries for the Northern Rivers region.’

Lismore MP Thomas George said the funding would also support efforts to develop local talent to support business needs and build on the University’s particular research strengths.

‘This funding will help Southern Cross University further promote and develop its research capabilities in collaboration with local businesses, as well as helping to accelerate local industry development and local business networks throughout the Region,’ Mr George said.

SCU vice chancellor Professor Peter Lee said the enterprise lab provided a wonderful opportunity for the region’s entrepreneurs.

‘The best innovation ecosystems are those where new industries and opportunities are delivered through collaboration between research, industry, business, community and government partners,’ said Professor Lee.

The co-working space in Lismore is expected to be open to businesses for university-industry engagement before the end of the year. To read more click here.

For more information on support available to industry visit: www.industry.nsw.gov.au

Regional Business will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

To view the Conference Program CLICK HERE. With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is the regional conference to attend.

Peter Annand discusses Village Design

Peter Annand discusses Village Design in regional Australia

Peter Annand discusses Village Design in regional Australia

Village design: We are pleased to announce: Mr Peter Annand, Director-Urban Design, Annand Associates Urban Design as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Peter Annand, will be presenting on ‘Village Design Revival and Seniors Housing……V- Change’ in the innovation stream.

Around the country many, many, small towns and villages are in decline. They are losing population. This threatens the local economy and puts stresses on local infrastructure and services.

Around the country baby boomers are moving towards a third stage of life – the family has grown up and left and boomers are approaching retirement age. They may or may not be financially prepared and many still have much to contribute to society.

The towns and villages need to repopulate and harness fresh ideas and initiatives (leisure, education, arts and crafts, into the digital age).

Boomers do not wish to move to retirement villages. They seek:

  • independence
  • community
  • peace and quiet
  • security
  • social worth
  • involvement/social interaction
  • clean air and a healthy lifestyle

They seek to downsize (reduce their carbon footprint), liberate some finance and enjoy an enhanced social lifestyle.

Many boomers in this context would be attracted to a small rural village lifestyle where they live rustically and semi-communally (sociably) in small village environments but with ready access to the arcadian countryside, rural areas, conservation areas, bushwalks, etc. An existing semi-rural community.

These boomers would seek:

  • a quaint village environment
  • independence
  • security/safety
  • social interaction
  • some levels of work/engagement
  • access to town services (retail, entertainment, medical, adult education, etc)

This has traditionally been accommodated among sea-change, tree-change, etc. To this add  V-change (village change).

Peter Annand will present a Power Point presentation and discuss the process of identifying candidate towns and potential villageants for further involvement and Village Design. This paper represents the “Project Launch”.

Village Design will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

Early bird closes on 25th July so be quick to receive a discounted rate. To view the Conference Program CLICK HERE. With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is a Conference opportunity not to be missed. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future and the Conference addresses issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation.

Catherine Crowden on Collaborative Area Management

Catherine Crowden on Regional Area Management

Catherine Crowden on Regional Area Management

Regional Area Management: We are pleased to announce Mrs Catherine Crowden, Project Officer, South West NRM as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Catherine Crowden will be speaking on ‘Who Fenced the Dogs Out? Collaborative Area Management: Working Together to Support the Grazing Industries of South West Queensland’ in the Regional environmental sustainability stream.

Regional Area Management: The Collaborative Area Management (CAM) project is a cost-efficient, pest exclusion and total grazing pressure management model developed by South West NRM, with funding support provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments. This innovative concept involves land managers working cooperatively to build and maintain an exclusion fence around a group of properties.

Through a collaborative approach that presents strong economies of scale, projects can be implemented with significantly less private and public investment. Following fence construction, land managers continue to work as a group to manage invasive pest animals inside the cluster. Outcomes of this project include a reduction in the environmental and economic impacts of pest animals and an improvement in livestock production and profitability. A decrease in predation allows land managers the choice to return to, or continue working in the sheep industry, a class of production closely correlated with the sustainability of rural townships. A decrease in total grazing pressure, through a reduction in pest animal numbers, enables land managers to implement pasture management practices resulting in improved pasture health.

Catherine Crowden is the Project Officer for the Collaborative Area Management Project through South West NRM where she has worked for the past two years. Catherine completed a Bachelor of Science in 2013 with Majors in Conservation and Wildlife Biology and Environmental Management through Murdoch University in Western Australia where she lived for seven years. Catherine is responsible for the on-ground monitoring and evaluation of the project, reporting to the QLD State Government and working closely with the land managers involved both inside and outside of the cluster groups.

Regional Area Management will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is the Regional Development Conference to be sure to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.