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.

Peter Annand discusses Village Design

Peter Annand discusses Village Design in regional Australia

Peter Annand discusses Village Design in regional Australia

Village design: We are pleased to announce: Mr Peter Annand, Director-Urban Design, Annand Associates Urban Design as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Peter Annand, will be presenting on ‘Village Design Revival and Seniors Housing……V- Change’ in the innovation stream.

Around the country many, many, small towns and villages are in decline. They are losing population. This threatens the local economy and puts stresses on local infrastructure and services.

Around the country baby boomers are moving towards a third stage of life – the family has grown up and left and boomers are approaching retirement age. They may or may not be financially prepared and many still have much to contribute to society.

The towns and villages need to repopulate and harness fresh ideas and initiatives (leisure, education, arts and crafts, into the digital age).

Boomers do not wish to move to retirement villages. They seek:

  • independence
  • community
  • peace and quiet
  • security
  • social worth
  • involvement/social interaction
  • clean air and a healthy lifestyle

They seek to downsize (reduce their carbon footprint), liberate some finance and enjoy an enhanced social lifestyle.

Many boomers in this context would be attracted to a small rural village lifestyle where they live rustically and semi-communally (sociably) in small village environments but with ready access to the arcadian countryside, rural areas, conservation areas, bushwalks, etc. An existing semi-rural community.

These boomers would seek:

  • a quaint village environment
  • independence
  • security/safety
  • social interaction
  • some levels of work/engagement
  • access to town services (retail, entertainment, medical, adult education, etc)

This has traditionally been accommodated among sea-change, tree-change, etc. To this add  V-change (village change).

Peter Annand will present a Power Point presentation and discuss the process of identifying candidate towns and potential villageants for further involvement and Village Design. This paper represents the “Project Launch”.

Village Design will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

Early bird closes on 25th July so be quick to receive a discounted rate. To view the Conference Program CLICK HERE. With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is a Conference opportunity not to be missed. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future and the Conference addresses issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation.

A/Prof Patrick Beale to present on ‘Delivering high quality cost and climate effective buildings to regional and remote Australia’

Associate Professor Patrick Beale Discipline Chair, Architecture at the University of Western Australia will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held in Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Patrick Beale

Patrick Beale

Speaker Introduction: Patrick Beale Studied Architecture at the Architectural Association in London, and has practiced and taught Architecture and design in London, France, the Middle East, Scandinavia, North America and Australia where he is now based. At the University of Western Australia Patrick was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Visual Arts in 2000, a position he stepped aside from to establish a timber research centre in 2005.

Over the past decade Patrick has worked with various sectors of rural industries and has directed a number of design projects directed at enhancing the value of native west Australian timbers and promoting the ecological and sustainable values of building in solid and engineered timbers. He currently directs the Advanced Timber Concepts Studio at UWA, a commercial design and research studio and a teaching entity.

Presentation Title: Delivering high quality cost and climate effective buildings to regional and remote Australia. The case for development of a specialist industry.

Overview: Over the past decade Patrick has had the opportunity to work with a number of regional and remote shires to design and deliver high quality, cost effective and climate appropriate buildings in Western Australia. Like many other parts of regional Australia, WA has seen its rural industry infrastructure eroded over the past 20 years as populations in rural shires have declined and economic activity has concentrated around one or two large industrial sectors, agriculture and mining. The building industry is one that has declined most significantly in WA with the result that procuring good quality buildings, or indeed buildings of any quality to regional and remote areas has either commanded a premium of up to 70 % over metropolitan prices or has meant procuring transportable buildings with poor durability and poor quality and performance but still at a cost premium.

The presentation will make the case for re-thinking the conventional building procurement process, taking advantage of modern methods of off-site construction and delivery of prefinished or partly finished products to site. Four case studies will be presented of completed buildings, domestic and community structures, and will analyse the cost effectiveness and quality outcomes and the design and fabrication processes. The paper will also discuss the change that is necessary in a sector of the construction industry in order for this sort of methodology to become the norm rather than the exception, and the relevance of the processes involved in these prototype projects to the building industry as a whole. The case will be put forward for this industry to be located in regional Australia rather than in metropolitan centres. [272]

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 visit the website here.

To register and for more information on the event, please click here.

 

Professor Duncan Campbell to present on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in Regional Australia

Professor Duncan Campbell, Director of QUT’s Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation to present on utilising unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in Regional Australia at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held 26– 27 August 2015 in Albury.

Professor Duncan Campbell

Professor Duncan Campbell

Speaker Introduction: Professor Duncan Campbell is the Director of QUT’s Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) in the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Discipline with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has 25 years of research leadership in control and automation.

Duncan serves as Treasurer on the Board of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) and was the IEEE Queensland Section Chapter Chair of the Control Systems/Robotics and Automation Society Joint Chapter (2008/2009). He is the Chair of CDIO Australian and New Zealand regional group of the global CDIO collaboration in engineering education, and was President of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education in 2011.

Duncan was the leader for the recently completed Project ResQu, a two year, $7M collaborative research partnership between QUT, CSIRO, Boeing Research & Technology Australia, Insitu Pacific Ltd and the Queensland State Government. Project ResQu fast-tracked research focusing on the enabling technologies and the regulatory environment toward the routine operation of unmanned aircraft.

Presentation Title: Flying Robots (Drones) in our Regional Areas

Overview: Unmanned Aircraft (UA), or as popularly referred to as drones, are rapidly becoming a ubiquitous technology with tremendous potential and impact in regional Australia. With lower population density than the metropolitan areas of our large cities, the lower risk profile provides avenues for more rapid adoption in certain areas.

We are already seeing significant interest and prospective productivity gains in agriculture, plant biosecurity, livestock management, feral animal management, native fauna conservation, infrastructure management and public safety.

There has been enormous progress made in technology and reduction in the cost of ownership of unmanned aircraft platforms, however, there remain a number of issues and challenges to be addressed before we see unmanned aircraft flying seamlessly and productively in airspace shared with manned aircraft users.

Public awareness and perception, insurance, cost of operation (rather than cost of ownership), regulatory compliance, airspace management compliance, safety management and advanced application technologies are receiving much attention, and there remains much to do.

This presentation gives a snapshot of the state of play today illustrating the opportunities, the challenges and the road ahead for this wave of disruptive technology.

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.

Dr Viveka Hocking from Australian National University to present on ‘Reimagining Rural Features: Design for Regional Development’

Dr Viveka Hocking, Design Researcher at Australian National University will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Speaker Introduction: Viveka Turnbull Hocking is a design researcher and theorist who looks at design-led approaches to research and the significant value of creative practice to constructing knowledge. Her research interests include social innovation towards sustainability and rural design. She researches through the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University and teaches in the School of Design and Architecture at the University of Canberra.

Presentation Title: Reimagining Rural Futures: Design for Regional Development, Innovation and Sustainable Wellbeing

Overview: Regional wellbeing can not be designed. A multiplicity of actions from people and everyday life make vibrant sustainable rural communities. The role of design in regions with aspirations to support their community’s wellbeing is not one of master designer. Rather it is to provide the spaces for innovation to occur. This paper investigates a design-led approach to enabling sustainable wellbeing for Australian regional futures.

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.

Themed Redefining the Future of Regional Australia,  the Conference will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future.

Sub themes for concurrent sessions

  • 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.