Community-owned renewable energy projects to receive boost

Wind turbines in a rapeseed field

An increased political emphasis on climate change will drive more community-owned clean energy projects in Victoria, renewable energy advocates say.

There are more than 70 community groups across Australia currently involved in the development of self-sustaining renewable projects, such as the Hepburn wind farm, west of Melbourne.

Hepburn Wind is the owner and operator of Australia’s first community-owned wind farm, providing clean energy for more than 2,000 homes.

The Community Power Network’s Nicky Ison said renewed support for renewable projects ahead of the upcoming federal election would help bolster similar projects across the state.

“We have amazing renewable energy sources, and most of those resources are located in regional Australia, particularly in south-west Victoria” she said.

“These projects, they provide greater levels of local employment and greater levels of investment opportunity, which means more money from the renewable energy boom stays circulating in regional economies.”

Ms Ison said a direct investment in Community Power Network’s, as outlined in the federal Opposition’s wider Climate and Energy policy package announcement, could help prospective community-run projects navigate legal and technical challenges.

“It will help them negotiate a good power purchase agreement, and allow them to have some of that upfront funding to get through the riskier stages,” she said. To read more click here.

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

Addressing issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation it is an opportunity not to be missed.

To register for the conference CLICK HERE.

Springborg pledges $495m investment in regions

aa4b532ce6da9493335bf553fb7c8136The State Opposition says if elected it would reinstate its $495 million Royalties for Regions program to help cities like Townsville get a “fair go” for infrastructure funding.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg made the “first major announcement” since the Palaszczuk Government was elected while addressing LNP supporters at this weeks Latitudes North conference as reported by the Townsville Bulletin.

Mr Springborg was flanked by nine other shadow minsters and federal colleagues, including Herbert MP Ewen Jones and North Australia Minster Josh Frydenberg, throughout the three-day event.

Mr Springborg said the State Government had replaced the LNP’s $495 million Royalties for Regions initiative with a “smaller, shorter and narrower program”, highlighting a “lack of commitment” to regional development.

“In Townsville, $220 million less was spent in the Labor Party’s first budget for infrastructure than under the LNP and this is not good enough and this is not a fair go for North Queensland,” he said.

“This would make sure there is a real chance to be able to kickstart major investment across northern and the rest of regional Queensland.” To read more click here.

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

Addressing issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation it is an opportunity not to be missed.

To register for the conference CLICK HERE.

Mayor of AlburyCity welcomes delegates to the Australian Regional Development Conference

Kevin MackIt’s a great pleasure to welcome you to Albury for the Australian Regional Development Conference.

As one of Australia’s leading regional cities, we welcome this discussion and debate to Albury. AlburyCity is a very proud supporter of this event. The challenges facing regional areas cross borders and territories. But the proper planning, discussion and debate of new ideas they are challenges that can be overcome.

The Australian Regional Development Conference will focus on issues surrounding economy, planning, environment and community development. The aim of the conference is to advance economic and social outcomes for regional Australia. The conference provides the opportunity to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of regional Australia.

For visitors to Albury I extend a warm welcome. While in our city I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the many activities and attractions we have to offer. For first time visitors I’d encourage you to start in our CBD. The many restaurants and cafes are a fantastic showcase of the food and wine that has made the region famous.

While in our CBD you can also take our heritage walking tour which gives you a great insight into the rich history of our city.

The LibraryMuseum just next door is regional New South Wales’ most visited cultural attraction and I’d encourage you to stop in and wander through the exhibits.

If you prefer the outdoors we’re perfectly located on the iconic Murray River.

Meanwhile, Lake Hume and our nearby walking and cycling trails are amongst the most spectacular locations in regional New South Wales.

Of course, if you’d like to know more about Albury and the region more generally I’d encourage you to drop into our Visitor Information Centre opposite the Albury train station.

On behalf of AlburyCity I welcome you to our city and hope that Australian Regional Development Conference further strengthens economic, community and sustainable development.

Cr Kevin Mack, Mayor AlburyCity

Sylvia Burbery, MARS Petcare Australia at ARDC

Sylvia Burbery, General Manager, MARS Petcare Australia will be presenting at the Australian Regional Development Conference.

Sylvia BurberyMs Sylvia Burbery, General Manager, MARS Petcare Australia

Sylvia Burbery is General Manager of Mars Petcare Australia/NZ, responsible for delivering profitable growth and leading all aspects of the business operations for a team of approximately 1000 associates, four manufacturing sites, two sales offices and more than 14 well-loved and trusted brands.

Sylvia started her career with Mars Incorporated in 1994 and worked in a number of roles across Sales and HR in New Zealand and the US including developing the framework for a significant transition in the US business.

In 2005 she returned to New Zealand as Managing Director of the New Zealand business, where she lead a significant turn-around in the business results and culture, which saw Mars New Zealand win the JRA Best Places to Work award.  In 2009, she moved into her current role as Managing Director for the Mars Petcare business in Australia.

Sylvia gained an MBA with distinction from Massey University in 1999. She has two adult children, is passionate about travel, and is actively involved in her local community.

Alexandra Gartmann at Regional Development Conference

Alexandra Gartmann – CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal will be presenting at the Australian Regional Development Conference.

Alexandra’s presentation will be on the Link between philanthropy and community development in rural and regional Australia

Alexandra Gartman

Alexandra is passionate about rural communities and creating opportunities for each community to prosper. Having lived in small communities in NSW, WA and Victoria, she is familiar with the challenges and opportunities.

She joined FRRR as Chief Executive Officer in April 2011. A charitable foundation based on a partnership between philanthropy, community, government and business, FRRR aims to create innovative funding mechanisms and organisational structures which will support communities to respond positively to change and build social and economic wealth in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Prior to this role, she was CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), a not-for-profit community organisation focused on improving the production and social outcomes for rural farming communities.

Alexandra holds a number of other roles, including serving on the National Rural Advisory Council, the Victorian Women in Primary Industries Advisory Panel, Chair of the CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship Advisory Council, a Board member of the Rural Finance Corporation, on the Australian Landcare Council, and the LaTrobe University Bendigo Regional Advisory Board. She has been a member of the Victorian Floods Disaster Appeal Fund, the Federal Regional Women’s Advisory Council and the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee.