The Innovation Awards 2014 Winner Profile – Community Award

Alana Johnson, Voices for Indi Inc wins Community Award category for the Regional Development Australia: The Innovation Awards 2014.

The awards aim to recognise and showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the following categories Economic Development, Planning and Building, Environment and Sustainability Award & Community.

Community Award Winner

Proudly sponsored by Charles Sturt University

Ms Alana Johnson, Voices for Indi Inc
Project: Voices for Indi

What the Judges said:

This project was ground-breaking in the Australian context – working with and across the communities of the rural federal electorate of Indi to engage people in their own democratic future.  The ripple effect has been felt strongly within the local communities of the electorate, and has resounded across Australia as an alternate, community based, respectful way of discuss matters of importance to a whole electorate.

V4I designs and provides opportunities for people from all walks of life, ages and geographical locations to have their voice heard, to share ideas and listen to each other respectfully regardless of political persuasion and to have input into the issues with a common concern for the future good of our communities and our country.

Recognising that the quality of rural life and the style of rural politics is about networks and relationships, Voice for Indi wanted to kick start new conversations and new connections based on inclusion and recognition.

‘Democracy is the conversation amongst equals to determine what constitutes good life and the good society.’ Rutherford, J & Shah, H. (2006)

Voices for Indi (V4I) is a process of 21st Century democracy based on respectful and inclusive political conversation. V4I is an incorporated organisation with a non-party political committee. We are committed to being honest and respectful, to being well-informed, and to referring to reputable sources when making statements.

V4I believes in local solutions to local challenges and enables North East Victorians to make a positive contribution to quality political debate and the national agenda.

Voices for INDI

The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on Wednesday, 15 October from 7:00pm at the Commercial Club Albury, tickets are available from the conference website.

The Innovation Awards 2014 Winner Profile – Planning and Building Award

Robert Hunt, Liverpool Plains Shire Council wins Planning and Building Award category for the Regional Development Australia: The Innovation Awards 2014.

The awards aim to recognise and showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations  in the following categories Economic Development, Planning and Building, Environment and Sustainability Award & Community.

Planning and Building Award Winner

Mr Robert Hunt, Liverpool Plains Shire Council
Project: Quipolly Dam Upgrade

What the Judges said:

“The project provides benefits across several sectors of the community, beginning with safety maintenance of basic assets, exercising insight and vision to achieve improved outcomes, through sharing the benefits of this action across different sectors of the community to enhancing recreational and tourist opportunities that reinforce the social capital of the community. In these ways the project demonstrates exemplary regional development. They began by just shoring up a dam!”

Following Local Government amalgamations in 2004 the newly formed Liverpool Plains Shire Council was informed that one of its newly acquired assets, Quipolly Dam, was inadequate with regard to flood safety and needed to be upgraded at substantial cost. Concurrently, the Shire was in the midst of a severe drought and with one village running out of water, Council undertook to investigate all opportunities that were available during the dam upgrade to ensure the integrity of future water supplies in the shire.

As a result of community consultation via public meetings and independent community surveys, a regional concept plan was developed which, among other things, increased the storage capacity of the dam to not only drought proof the towns of Werris Creek, Quirindi, Willow Tree and Wallabadah in the face of impending climate change predictions but to also provide for future growth due to expanded mining in the region.

Quipolly Dam was a shallow dam and for that reason the public was denied access, however with an increase in the depth of a further two metres, fishing from the shore and non motorized boating such as kayaks are now available for the first time in this shire. Committees comprising staff and enthusiastic community members were set up to oversee both the dam upgrade and the recreation area design and operations.

Attach C Robert Hunt

The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on Wednesday, 15 October from 7:00pm at the Commercial Club Albury, tickets are available from the conference website.

The Innovation Awards 2014 Winner Profile – Environment and Sustainability

Samantha Smith, Future Proofing Geelong wins Environment and Sustainability Award category for the Regional Development Australia: The Innovation Awards 2014.

The awards aim to recognise and showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations  in the following categories Economic Development, Planning and Building, Environment and Sustainability Award & Community.

Environment and Sustainability Award WINNER 

Ms Samantha Smith, Future Proofing Geelong
Project: Future Proofing Geelong Program

What the Judges said:
“An outstanding regional project based around best practice approaches with solid outcomes and strategic implementation of plans to achieve stated outcomes to address a real problem. Text book approach, however executed with such a level of attention to detail is not often found. Great work.”

Geelong was the first city in Australia to develop its own Low Carbon Growth Plan. It is also the first city to employ a collaborative Sustainability Covenant structure with other key local decision makers. Balancing the top down structure by also providing bottom up input keeps this approach to sustainability relevant to the community, both from industry, SME’s and environmental community groups.

Future Proofing Geelong has acted as a catalyst for many individuals, community members, businesses and industry to come together and actively work on making a sustainable future, environmentally, economically and socially, for Geelong. Many people were already working towards this goal with FPG aggregating these efforts to define and act collaboratively. FPG is supporting local businesses to adapt to a low carbon future and see cost savings in their business at the same time.

Future Proofing Geelong

The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on Wednesday, 15 October from 7:00pm at the Commercial Club Albury, tickets are available from the conference website.

The Innovation Awards 2014 Winner Profile – Economic Development

Marcus Westbury, Renew Newcastle wins Economic Development category for the Regional Development Australia: The Innovation Awards 2014.

The awards aim to recognise and showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations  in the following categories Economic Development, Planning and Building, Environment and Sustainability Award & Community.

Economic Development Award Winner

Proudly sponsored by The Regional Development

Mr Marcus Westbury, Renew Newcastle
Project: Renew Newcastle

What the Judges said:
“There was a high level of innovation demonstrated with sound planning, repeatable processes which were successful over a sustained period of time – great project!”

 

Renew Newcastle was established to turn a crisis into an opportunity. In 2008 Newcastle had more than 150 empty buildings in the two main streets and the situation had become self-perpetuating. Existing businesses were struggling to survive and new businesses had no confidence to invest in the area. Due to the global financial crisis ambitious plans for private development were on hold and government infrastructure changes were being delayed or unable to be implemented due to a range of reasons.

Renew Newcastle was designed from the beginning to tackle this problem with a new set of strategies and thinking. Renew Newcastle has operated from very small budgets and instead has worked to create unlikely partnerships, and new mechanisms that treat the symptoms of Newcastle’s structural decline — it’s very high commercial vacancy rates — as the opportunity for its renewal. In establishing Renew Newcastle, we developed new legal agreements, umbrella insurance schemes, social media based marketing and community building strategies. These framework agreements and templates have become models not just for Newcastle but for other communities across Australia and around the world.

DIY transforming a dying city from Marcus Westbury on Vimeo.

 

The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on Wednesday, 15 October from 7:00pm at the Commercial Club Albury, tickets are available from the conference website.

AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2014 INNOVATION AWARDS

The Australian Regional Development Conference proudly announces the winners of the Regional Development Australia: The Innovation Awards 2014. The awards aim to recognise and showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the following categories Economic Development, Planning and Building, Environment and Sustainability Award & Community.

Congratulations to the winners and category runners up.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD – Proudly sponsored by The Regional Development Company

Mr Marcus Westbury, Renew Newcastle
Project: Renew Newcastle

Highly Commended – Mr Will Gerhard, Whitehorse City Council & Ms Julia Fenech, Wodonga Council

 

PLANNING AND BUILDING AWARD

Mr Robert Hunt, Liverpool Plains Shire Council
Project: Quipolly Dam Upgrade

Highly Commended – Mr Stephen Smith, Deicke Richards

 

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 

Ms Samantha Smith, Future Proofing Geelong
Project: Future Proofing Geelong Program

Highly Commended – Mr Adam Gray, Local Government Association of SA

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AWARD – Proudly sponsored by Charles Sturt University

Ms Alana Johnson, Voices for Indi Inc
Project: Voices for Indi

Highly Commended – Mrs Cherelle Brooke, Coffs Harbour City Council

 

Award categories were judged by the following panel members:

  • Cameron Little, Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • Susan Benedyka, Founder and Managing Director of The Regional Development Company Pty Ltd (RDC)
  • Tony McBurney, Director, Integrated Design Group

There were an overwhelming number of submissions received and we would like to thank all of those that submitted a nomination.

The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on Wednesday, 15 October from 7:00pm at the Commercial Club Albury, tickets are available from the conference website.