Community Development Award for Regional Innovation

Australian Regional Innovation Awards aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations that are achieving innovation in regional and rural Australia

Community Development Award for Regional Innovation

Community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Community development ranges from small initiatives within a small group to large initiatives that involve the broader community. We would like to see nominations for community development projects, programs, businesses and initiatives that are innovative and benefit regional and rural Australia.

Who can apply

Representatives from all types of organisations active in regional development across Australia, including councils, shires, rural and regional organisations, NGO’s and government agencies that aim to better serve their communities.

Presentation

The Award Presentation Ceremony is held in conjunction Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on October 15th at the Commercial Club Albury.

Important Dates

  • Nominations open: Thursday 29th August 2013
  • Nominations close: Tuesday 15th July 2014

click_here_to_nominateAward Submission

Click here to submit a nomination, entries can only be accepted via the website.

The online entry:

  • requires you to provide a brief overall description of your project, for use in the Conference Proceedings and other promotional material
  • has a 300-word limit to each criterion
  • requires all selection criteria to be addressed as appropriate to the project; if a criterion is not relevant to the project state ‘not applicable’.

Note: applications and attachments will be printed in black and white only

Community Development Awards for Regional Innovation

Selection criteria

Entries for the awards should address the following selection criteria:

Innovation and/or best practice How does your project demonstrate innovation and/or best practice in the way your organisation does business or delivers services to your community?

Process and planning How did you determine what changes were required to improve your business practices and/or better meet your community’s needs (for example, consultation processes, needs analysis, etcetera)?

  • Benefits
  • What are the benefits of the project? Who benefits and how? Innovation
  • How does your project demonstrate innovation or deliver to community in terms of economic and social outcomes?

Community needs How are community needs met by this project

The judging process

Each Award will be judged by the Advisory Committee with judging based on the submitted entry form (entrants do not present). Judging will be based on the material provided by you, within the online entry form.

Community Development Awards for Regional Innovation

More information

If you require more information about the Awards submission process and sponsorship please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Community Development
Regional Innovation Awards 2014 Secretariat
Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068 Fax (61 7) 5527 3298
Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au

Coworking an opportunity for Regional Australia

The creation of collaborative workspaces, “coworking” is being promoted in Australian capital cities following successful experiences overseas.

When space may not be at such a premium what is the case for coworking in regional Australia? If high rent is not such an issue in regional Australia, what are the other drivers that would make coworking in rural and regional Australia attractive.

coworkingThe urge to be creative and live more sustainably is common in communities from Bryon Bay to Bellingen from Maleny to Monto.

Supporting sustainability through sharing resources, cutting road congestion, and promoting collaboration and creativity enjoying inspirations.

Hear from local companies, government and communities at Australian Regional Development Conference on coworking, work hubs, teleworking, sustainability,  collaboration and community development.

coworking 2Contact the conference secretariat for more information on the call for abstracts or conference registration for this conference via the website www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

 Australian Regional Development Conference,
15-16 October Albury 2014 www.regionaldevelopment.org.au
Abstracts close: 28th April 2014
End of Early Bird 4th September 2014

Build your brand in regional Australia

Stand out from your competitors, build your brand and reach your target market by partnering with the Association for Sustainability in Business, the host of the Australian Regional Development Conference.

A sponsorship package with Association for Sustainability in Business will give your business a unique opportunity to align your brand with the biggest Regional Development event in Australia and make a greater impact with key decision makers and influential business advisers. Association for Sustainability in Business is positioned as the ‘must attend’ industry event of the year. The quality of visitors and the high attendance levels at the event make sponsoring Association for Sustainability in Business an attractive opportunity.

Other benefits include:

  • can help build brand awareness through pre, during and post conference promotions in a difficult to reach market
  • Help to launch your products and services into the marketplace through a targeted trade marketing campaign consisting of electronic direct marketing campaigns, website promotions, social media including Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and Blogs
  • Gain access to a diverse range of contacts through the networking events
  • Expose your brand to an regional, rural and remote audience conveniently in one place at one time
  • Alliance with a premier conference helps you increase your credibility in the industry

Build your brand in regional Australia

exhibitorFor more information about sponsorship  go to the website to request a prospectus or contact the Secretariat on please email secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au

Australian Regional Development Conference
15-16 October Albury 2014 www.regionaldevelopment.org.au
 

Seachange and sustainable growth

Seachange is an Australian demographic phenomenon, where people are moving from capital cities to rural coastal communities.  The rate of growth in rural coastal areas is 60% higher than the national average. The growth of population and coastal tourism is raising the question about what is the level of sustainable growth.

In response to the influx of tourists and new residents to their jurisdictions, coastal councils from around Australia formed the National Sea Change Taskforce.

According to the councils, Almost six million people live in Australian coastal areas outside Australia’s capital cities. The rate of growth in these areas is more than 60% higher than the national average and is gathering momentum. Councils in high growth coastal areas are under pressure for infrastructure, roads, water and sewerage and adequate services, such as public transport, health care, emergency services and education facilities.

Would like to speak at conference on planning, population, coastal environment and sustainable growth?

Australian Regional Development Conference  will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

Sustainable development in coastal Australia

Sustainable development in coastal Australia

Call for papers – coastal planning, environment, demographic trends and sustainability

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

RDA ConferenceAustralian Regional Development Conference
15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Regional Philanthropy: Partnerships On the Rise

There’s been an increase in regional philanthropy. Philanthropic organisations are partnering with rural and regional communities to build local infrastructure and social capital, according to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

FRRR’s CEO Alexandra Gartmann said the organisation had recently helped to facilitate a number of new partnerships.

Place-based approaches to community development are becoming increasingly prevalent. For example, the NSW Government has recently invested in a program that FRRR will run together with Philanthropy Australia to direct funds to the Hunter and Mid North Coast of NSW,” Gartmann said.

“We have also helped to facilitate programs like the Pratt Foundation / Visy Employees partnership with Tumut and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation’s support for the Lachlan region in NSW.

Regional Philanthropy

“These are all examples of philanthropy helping to strengthen rural and regional communities.”

Tammy Bugg, Executive Officer of Western Plains Regional Development Inc., the host organisation of the Lachlan Region Community Grants Program which was established with the support of VFFF said many small community organisations struggled to maintain local infrastructure and to invest in new equipment and new technologies.

“We are very fortunate to have support from VFFF to invest in worthwhile organisations and activities that continue to develop our communities,” Bugg said.

“For the philanthropic organisations, the attraction of place-based programs is the ability to invest in local communities and their capacity, to bring about sustained social outcomes.”

Jenny Wheatley, CEO of Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, said for them, it was about assisting the community meet its goals and addressed the issues it saw as important.

“This takes time and involves more than giving money; it’s a relationship and that involves listening, shared interests and respect. We work with the team executing the program in Condobolin in the hope that our combined forces will create the outcomes the community wants to see, in a sustainable way, enabling something beyond money for a grants program,” Wheatley said.

The Lachlan Region Grants program is structured as a challenge grant program – another trend that is becoming increasingly prevalent, according to FRRR’s CEO Alexandra Gartmann.

“Philanthropic organisations are often a catalytic investment in a community. But we’ve found that those funds have even more impact if local communities can also contribute. It builds ownership of the program if people locally are asked to contribute,” Gartmann said.

“They then not only want to apply for the funds, but they also feel like they have been part of bringing the projects and the program as a whole to fruition.”

According to Gartmann, the catalytic impact of these grants should not be underestimated.

“It varies from program to program, but on average, for every dollar we invest in a grant program, a further three dollars are contributed by others – either in kind or in cash. Every dollar has an impact and every grant we make enables another community to achieve a locally-developed solution to a pressing issue in their community,” she said.

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) was established in 2000 to support the renewal of rural and regional communities in Australia through partnerships with the private sector, philanthropy and governments.

It said its mission was to champion the economic and social strength of Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities through partnerships with the private sectors, philanthropy and governments.

In its first 10 years, FRRR managed the distribution of more than $35 million in grants and provided substantial capacity building support to community organisations across the nation. –

Read More Read: September 19, 2013, Pro Bono

Australian Regional Development Conference will feature discussions on economic and community development. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

Call for papers – would you like to speak on regional and rural philanthropy?

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Australian Regional Development Conference
15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au
 
 
 
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