Regional Development Australia – what will happen to the proposed Geelong infrastructure projects

Regional development infrastructure projects scheduled for Geelong are in doubt

GEELONG leaders will lobby that key infrastructure projects promised funding by the former government be honoured by the incoming Coalition.

The proposed $12 million Geelong Centre for Infectious Diseases, a major pipeline for an agricultural precinct in Lethbridge and a Torquay children’s centre are among initiatives that were to receive backing under Labor’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

The Coalition has vowed to dismantle the Regional Development Australia Fund and has said projects that were not under contract would be re-assessed, placing the viability of the projects in doubt.

G21 and the region’s mayors yesterday said they would be advocating strongly for the projects – which were believed for up to three months to be going ahead – to get Coalition support.

Geelong acting Mayor Bruce Harwood was pleased by the commitments in Geelong’s south, but said the northern part of the city had fared “very, very poorly” in election promises.

“It appears the Coalition has a financial stringency plan and intends to stick to it – we’ll see what they bring to the region.”

Golden Plains Mayor Jenny Blake was among the leaders to congratulate the Liberals’ Sarah Henderson on her victory in Corangamite, while thanking outgoing Labor MP Darren Cheeseman. “Darren Cheeseman

Shane Fowles   |  September 9th, 2013, The Geelong Advertiser Read More Carry on call to Coalition on projects

Collaboration between the three levels of government will be a key focus of the The Australian Regional Development Conference

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will also feature presentation on regional infrastructure. 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  is now open.

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.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

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

 

Focus on health, education and regional development

20th Sep 2013 8:12 AM

New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (2nd L), his wife Margie (L), Governor-General Quentin Bryce (3rd L), her husband Michael Bryce (3rd R), leader of the National Party Warren Truss (R) and his wife Lyn (2nd R) pose for photographers after Tony Abbott was sworn in as the 28th prime minister of Australia during a ceremony in Canberra on September 18, 2013.

New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (2nd L), his wife Margie (L), Governor-General Quentin Bryce (3rd L), her husband Michael Bryce (3rd R), leader of the National Party Warren Truss (R) and his wife Lyn (2nd R) pose for photographers after Tony Abbott was sworn in as the 28th prime minister of Australia during a ceremony in Canberra on September 18, 2013. Stefan Postles

HEALTH, education and regional development should be the top three priorities of the new Federal Government, say respondents to a recent survey on The Northern Star’s website.

Ranking least important in voters’ minds was Tony Abbott’s promise to repeal the carbon and mining taxes and introduce a paid parental leave scheme.

The unscientific poll revealed a broadly pessimistic attitude about the future of the region under the new Coalition Government.

Half the respondents indicated they had voted for Labor in the recent election while almost 70% believed Tony Abbott was not an effective leader.

Six out of 10 people believed regional and rural areas would now be worse off, with 41% “very negative” about Australia’s future under the Coalition.

The environment would fare worse, said 67%, as too would health and education, said more than half.

Elsewhere in Northern NSW the picture was much the same, with 57% believing the regions would suffer under the Coalition, compared to just 27% who expected things to improve.

Four out of 10 respondents in the regional poll said they voted Labor, 30% for other parties and 30% for the Coalition.

Almost half the online poll’s respondents were over 55 with just 13% under the age of 35. Almost 50% were in a full-time job or self-employed.

Read the full story here

Healthcare and roads: what will happen to Wannon

Healthcare and roads: What will happen in Wannon under a federal Coalition government? By SEAN McCOMISH, The Standard 

On the face of campaign promises, the Coalition’s victory at the polls will see money pumped into roads and healthcare across the electorate.

Key campaigns such as Peter’s Project’s push for $10 million from Canberra and $2.5 million for the crumbling Condah-Hotspur road near Portland are now guaranteed.

Labor’s two biggest announcements this year — about $4.2 million for trade training centres in Cobden and Timboon — were matched by Liberal MP Dan Tehan during his campaign and will still go ahead.

The Coalition has also pledged to fill south-west potholes with cash. Around $25 million will be spent upgrading the Great Ocean Road shared by both Wannon and Corangamite electorates.

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Rural Healthcare delivery and regional infrastructure. 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.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

Call for papers  is now open.

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.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

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

Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury

We invite you to join us at the Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury. The Conference will be hosted in the twin-cities of Albury-Wodonga, Victoria and New South Wales’ top entry for liveable cities.

The Association for Sustainability in Business has for many years held events focusing on sustainability, liveable cities and urban design principles. The Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC) was initiated from our member interest in regional development.

The conference theme is “Where to from here?” and will cover the broad areas of regional development, economic, planning, environment and community.

The conference will focus on the following themes: Environment/Sustainability; Planning/Building; Community Development; Economic Development; Infrastructure; Employment/Education; and Health Services.

The Regional Development Innovation Awards will be presented at the conference, they aim to recognise and showcase innovation in regional communities. The Awards provide excellent opportunities for networking and recognition. The 2014 Award categories include the following: Economic Development; Planning & Building; Environment & Sustainability; Community Development. The nomination form is on the conference website.

Would you like to speak at the conference?
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.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract submission.

To submit an Abstract, apply for an Innovation Award or Sponsor this conference please click on this link conference website or go to http://regionaldevelopment.org.au/

Coalition focuses on finalising Inland Rail plans

    28th Aug 2013 12:30 AM

ABOUT $300 million will be poured into getting the long-awaited Inland Rail project connecting Brisbane to Melbourne via Toowoomba off the ground if the Coalition wins the Federal Election.

Nationals’ leader and Shadow Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss will announce on Wednesday his party’s focus on finalising the rail line plans and buying properties along the rail corridor.

Properties to be initially targeted fall between Rosewood, near Ipswich, and Kagaru, near Jimboomba, which is on the existing national rail network.

A completed inland rail line would eventually link the Port of Brisbane to Melbourne via the Darling Downs and would separate freight and passenger train lines near Ipswich.

Full story – click here

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on infrastructure and regional 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.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

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