Lauren Clerey from SJB Urban to present on the Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan

Lauren Clerey, Associate at SJB Urban to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held next week (26– 27 August 2015) at the Commercial Club Albury.

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

Lauren Clerey

Lauren Clerey

Speaker Introduction: Lauren Clerey is an urban planner and designer whose breadth of experience ranges from master planning, design guidance, policy formation and public consultation. Originally from the UK, Lauren moved to Melbourne 7 years ago, and has enjoyed getting to understand the specific challenges facing the City, whilst tapering her experience into a passion for public space and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Presentation Topic: Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan
Co-Author: Simon McPherson, Director of SJB Urban

Overview: SJB Urban completed a Master Plan for the redevelopment of the Ballarat Station Precinct, which comprises the heritage Ballarat Station and associated heritage Goods Shed and Engine Shed, the bus interchange, the taxi drop-off, car parking and cycle facilities, in addition to adjacent transport and non-transport areas.

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 Australian Regional Development Conference program please click 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.

Government releases Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper

Excerpt below taken from Australian Government’s ‘White Paper at a Glance’

Stronger farmers, stronger economy

Agriculture has always played an important role in the success of our nation—it touches all Australians.

The Government is committed to strengthening the sector and ensuring it remains as competitive as possible, because stronger farmers mean a stronger Australian econ​omy.

The opportunities for the sector are enormous. We sit on the edge of the strongest growing region in the world, have a developed agriculture sector, have world-class food safety and environmental credentials, possess modern technology, have a strong economy and employ skilled labour.

The agriculture sector is well placed to prosper.

For the past 18 months the Government has listened to the challenges that farmers are facing and discussed what is required for them to be successful on the land. From this feedback we h​ave developed the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

The White Paper outlines the initiatives and commitments by the Australian Government for each of our five priority areas for action. It is a $4 billion investment in our farmers.

For more details on the White Paper, visit the Government’s dedicated page here.

To download the White Paper click here.

Dr Caroline Perkins to present on funding for regional universities at the Australian Regional Development Conference

Dr Caroline Perkins, Executive Director of Regional Universities Network will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

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

Dr Caroline Perkins

Dr Caroline Perkins

Speaker Introduction: Dr Caroline Perkins is a geologist by training and has a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, and a Ph.D in geology from the University of New England. She has worked as an exploration geologist in Australia and Fiji, and undertook post-doctoral research in geology at the Australian National University. She has 15 years’ experience as a senior public servant working for the Australian Federal Government in higher education, research, science and radioactive waste management policy and programs.

In February 2012 she was appointed as the first Executive Director of the Regional Universities Network, a group of six universities with their headquarters in regional Australia, outside capital cities. Since then she has worked to foster advocacy, facilitate collaboration, and enhance the contribution of the member universities to regional development.

Presentation Title: Regional universities – should they be funded by the regional development portfolio?

Overview: Regional universities play a critical role as one of the largest and most visible physical, intellectual, cultural and sporting assets in their regions. Their teaching and learning activities, research and innovation and service functions contribute to: human capital development; regional governance and planning; community development; health and ageing; arts, culture and sport; environmental sustainability; and industry and business development. They are looked to for leadership in stimulating positive change, and their staff and students play active and visible roles in their communities.

To view and/or download the Australian Regional Development Conference program please click here.

GM of Industry Strategy & Public Policy at Vodafone Hutchison Australia to present at Australian Regional Development Conference

Matthew Lobb, General Manager, Industry Strategy & Public Policy at Vodafone Hutchison Australia will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015 .

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

Speaker Introduction: Matthew Lobb has overall responsibility for Vodafone’s government and stakeholder relations, regulatory affairs and public policy reform agenda. A key focus of this work is to advocate the need for a level competitive playing field in Australian telecommunications that fosters innovation and drives improvements to customer service.

Matthew joined Vodafone in 2011 after working as General Manager for Industry Engagement at NBN Co from 2009. Prior to this Matthew had an eight year stint in Telstra and held a range of roles including Director, Telstra Consumer Pricing, Group Manager, Commercial Development and Group Regulatory Manager, Telstra Wholesale.

Matthew also has extensive experience within Government having worked as an advisor to the Minister for Transport and Roads in NSW and to the Minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs in the Federal Government.

Matthew is a Rhodes Scholar and has Honours degrees in Economics and in Law from the Australian National University, a MA from Oxford University and a MSc (International Relations) from the London School of Economics.

Presentation Title: Utilising the NBN to deliver improved regional mobile telecommunications coverage and choice

Overview:

Regional consumers are demanding mobile coverage and 83 percent of regional consumers agree that being able to choose their mobile provider is important.

Overcoming the roadblocks to mobile competition in regional areas will ensure consumers and businesses receive more coverage, better value, better service, choice and innovation.

Australia’s telecommunications market has undergone a profound change in the last 15 years and Australian consumers have become some of the most technologically savvy in the world. These changes and the rapid uptake of new technology have fundamentally changed our lives and benefited our economy.

In many places in regional Australia the economy and consumers are being denied access to reliable mobile phone coverage and the benefits that flow from mobility. The Australian telecommunications market is not driving sufficient investment in regional mobile infrastructure to deliver the benefits of the mobility to all Australians. Incentivising investment and removing the roadblocks to coverage expansion is a policy challenge that must be overcome.

In many areas of Australia it is only economically viable to build one set of mobile infrastructure. The best approach to deliver improved mobile coverage and increase consumer choice is for Government to facilitate telecommunications industry collaboration that reduces costs by better sharing infrastructure.

This includes leveraging the substantial investments that the NBN is undertaking in regional Australia. There are also a range of other policy levers that can be used to encourage infrastructure sharing. This includes better utilisation of the $300m per annum Universal Service Obligation payments that are currently not directed to mobile infrastructure.

The needs of mobile networks are technically similar to other uses of the NBN. In regional areas the NBN can reduce the costs of building mobile networks to expand coverage by utilising the NBN’s fixed-line network for ‘access backhaul’ services. NBN’s fixed-wireless network which is currently being built can also provide a foundation for the expansion of mobile coverage across Australia.

To view and/or download the Australian Regional Development Conference program, please click here.