Book your spot at the Australian Regional Development Conference!

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference is on again this September and will this year have a theme of ‘Regional Australia – Planning, Participation and Progress’ –  exploring opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

Attending the Australian Regional Development Conference this year so far, we have 24 local councils from throughout Australia along with representatives from 5 branches of Regional Development Australia.

Concurrent session themes include:

  • Agribusiness
  • Community Development
  • Digital Economies
  • Employment
  • Innovation
  • Investment
  • Land use Planning
  • Regional environmental sustainability
  • Sustainable Development and Urban Planning
  • Regional Tourism Development
  • Water

The conference will be held in Canberra on 5-6 September 2016 and is designed for individuals and representatives from organisations with an academic, business or professional interest in regional development.RD Small

Full registration will include all conference sessions and keynotes, morning teas, lunches, afternoon teas, conference dinner, conference materials including handbook and the on-line book of abstracts. It also includes access to the book of proceedings and presenter podcasts, post conference.

Click here to register for the conference today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Business Showcase – Panel Discussion

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Canberra on 5-6 September 2016. The conference theme Regional Australia – Planning, Participation and Progress will explore opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

On Day 2 the conference will host a Regional Businesses Showcase Panel Discussion featuring the following panellists:

Ms Jane Homberger, Director, Skin Smart Australia.

The team of Dermatoscopists have been hand selected across a range of locations Australia-wide to deliver the highest quality of skin cancer assessment. Skin Smart use the latest in Dermatoscopy techniques to assess for skin cancer. They offer molemap consultations at our clinic. By utilising this technology any suspicious lesions can be effectively monitored for microscopic changes. With a strict focus on professional development and the latest industry best practice in this evolving area, you can be confident our team has the best available skills and knowledge on skin cancer detection, education and prevention.

Mr Tony Kalleske, Director, Kalleske Wines.

In South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. They are one of the region’s leading grape growing families consistently growing some of the Barossa’s best quality grapes. After six generations of growing grapes, winemaker and seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and made the first ‘Kalleske’ wine. The winery is situated on the family estate where traditional winemaking techniques ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine. The vineyard is managed by Troy’s and Tony’s parents, John and Lorraine, and brother, Kym. John has over forty years’ experience tending the vineyard. The 120 acre vineyard is planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Mataro, Petit Verdot, Durif, Viognier, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Vines vary in age with the oldest remaining vineyard dating back to 1875 and an overall average vine age of about 50 years. The vineyard is low yielding with grapes grown organically and bio dynamically and the winery is also certified biodynamic/organic. The Kalleske family are active practitioners of sustainable farming. They are caretakers of the land and not only want to maintain the environment but improve it for future generations.

Ms Dianna Somerville, Director, RTGC Group.

With a background in contracts, defence management and operation services Dianna began to notice there was a huge gap in people’s abilities to put documentation together. Especially in regional areas, where people had incredible abilities in their roles, but found applying for tenders, grants and contracts confusing and overwhelming. That’s how she started Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services. Bored of working from her farm’s remote home office she became the first client of Working Spaces HQ, a coworking space opened and run by a local entrepreneur Simone Eyles. Working in the coshared space has opened Dianna’s eyes to how innovative people in Wagga are. Her passion has made her determined to make the area a regional hub that fosters the growth of local entrepreneurs who will build solutions to regional, national and global problems. She wants to show the young people in her town and surrounding areas that they do not have to leave their homes to be part of the start-up scene. Dianna says the roll out of the NBN has helped to make it easier, and slowly people are beginning to recognise they can grow their businesses from a regional area.

Join the discussion and take part in the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference this September, for more information and to register visit the conference website www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Poppy project set to bloom and boom for NSW agriculture?

POPPY processor TPI Enterprises says planting in NSW could begin as early as April if legislation passes parliament as expected.

But farmer representatives say the company’s five-year, 5000-hectare poppy vision for NSW will be a slow burn – rather than an immediate boost – for the state’s $12 billion agriculture sector.

TPI Enterprises chief executive Jarrod Ritchie says he wants 5000 hectares of poppies growing in NSW in the next five years. TPI is one of three processors in Australia who can licence farmers to grow poppies. Photo by Scott Gelston.

TPI Enterprises chief executive Jarrod Ritchie says he wants 5000 hectares of poppies growing in NSW in the next five years. TPI is one of three processors in Australia who can licence farmers to grow poppies. Photo by Scott Gelston.

NSW is set to pass laws that would see it join Tasmania, Victoria and the Northern Territory as legal producers of alkaloid poppies. South Australia is expected to follow suit.

Until 2014 Tasmania enjoyed a 40-year poppy monopoly, and, despite sagging under current market conditions, still produces 80 per cent of the world’s raw narcotic product for various medicines.

On the right land alkaloid poppies can produce about $10,000 of raw material per hectare.

TPI chief executive Jarrod Ritchie said expanding into SA and NSW would help the company double its capacity to about 15,000 hectares, with NSW earmarked for about 5000 hectares within three to five years.

Mr Ritchie said the average yield of narcotic raw product from Australian alkaloid poppies was 15 kilograms per hectare. More productive land can produce closer to 60kg, with the raw materials fetching between $150 to $200/kg.

“If you’ve got experience with cropping, you’ll be fine,” Mr Ritchie said. “Particularly the rice and cotton growers.”

NSW Farmers Justin Crosby said the success of poppies would depend on processors’ ability to identify the right growers.

“The good thing is that we’ve got the opportunity to build up as the world’s demand for medicine continues,” Mr Crosby said.

“It just needs a secure and stable supply chain to be put in place.”

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The Australian Regional Development Conference is fast approaching!

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference is almost here again! The conference will be held in Canberra on 5-6 September 2016 and is designed for individuals and representatives from organisations with an academic, business or professional interest in regional development.

This year’s theme ‘Regional Australia – Planning, Participation and Progress’ will explore opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.’

Keynote Speakers for the conference are as follows:

Click here to view the 2016 Australian Regional Development Conference program.

Book your tickets today to ensure you don’t miss out on this highly informative annual event, visit the conference website for more information and to book your tickets click here.

 

What Makes a Regional Business Successful?

What makes a regional business successful?  Why do some regional businesses succeed where others do not?   Is it luck, money, charm or dogged persistence?

Regional BusinessThe Australian Regional Development Conference brings together four successful regional business operators to share their stories of the road to success; and it’s not always a smooth ride.

From Greenock, SA, Kalleske Wines winner of the 2015 Telstra Small Business Award for innovation and industry leadership and Gold Award Winner 2015 Banksia Sustainability Awards  joins the Showcase along with Tony Kalleske who lives by the philosophy that “we are caretakers of the land”..

Recognising that skin cancer does not discriminate whether you live in the city or regionally, Jane Homberger co-founded Skin Smart Australia in Somerville, VIC. Winner of the 2015 Telstra Victorian Regional Business Award, Skin Smart brought skin cancer check-ups and molemap consultations to regional centres. The company’s  turnover increased almost ten-fold in its first three years.

Wagga Wagga local Dianna Somerville is Director of Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services and is passionate about supporting the growth of regional entrepreneurs.  She’s seen it all from sporting clubs to local businesses.  Why do some get it so right and others so wrong?  Sharing what works and why, Dianna explores making regional businesses successful.

What Makes a Regional Business Successful?

Visit the The Australian Regional Development Conference website to view the full program.  Don’t miss out.  Registrations close in a few weeks.