Book your spot at the Australian Regional Development Conference!

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference is on again this September and will this year have a theme of ‘Regional Australia – Planning, Participation and Progress’ –  exploring opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

Attending the Australian Regional Development Conference this year so far, we have 24 local councils from throughout Australia along with representatives from 5 branches of Regional Development Australia.

Concurrent session themes include:

  • Agribusiness
  • Community Development
  • Digital Economies
  • Employment
  • Innovation
  • Investment
  • Land use Planning
  • Regional environmental sustainability
  • Sustainable Development and Urban Planning
  • Regional Tourism Development
  • Water

The conference will be held in Canberra on 5-6 September 2016 and is designed for individuals and representatives from organisations with an academic, business or professional interest in regional development.RD Small

Full registration will include all conference sessions and keynotes, morning teas, lunches, afternoon teas, conference dinner, conference materials including handbook and the on-line book of abstracts. It also includes access to the book of proceedings and presenter podcasts, post conference.

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Regional Business Showcase – Panel Discussion

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Canberra on 5-6 September 2016. The conference theme Regional Australia – Planning, Participation and Progress will explore opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

On Day 2 the conference will host a Regional Businesses Showcase Panel Discussion featuring the following panellists:

Ms Jane Homberger, Director, Skin Smart Australia.

The team of Dermatoscopists have been hand selected across a range of locations Australia-wide to deliver the highest quality of skin cancer assessment. Skin Smart use the latest in Dermatoscopy techniques to assess for skin cancer. They offer molemap consultations at our clinic. By utilising this technology any suspicious lesions can be effectively monitored for microscopic changes. With a strict focus on professional development and the latest industry best practice in this evolving area, you can be confident our team has the best available skills and knowledge on skin cancer detection, education and prevention.

Mr Tony Kalleske, Director, Kalleske Wines.

In South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. They are one of the region’s leading grape growing families consistently growing some of the Barossa’s best quality grapes. After six generations of growing grapes, winemaker and seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and made the first ‘Kalleske’ wine. The winery is situated on the family estate where traditional winemaking techniques ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine. The vineyard is managed by Troy’s and Tony’s parents, John and Lorraine, and brother, Kym. John has over forty years’ experience tending the vineyard. The 120 acre vineyard is planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Mataro, Petit Verdot, Durif, Viognier, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Vines vary in age with the oldest remaining vineyard dating back to 1875 and an overall average vine age of about 50 years. The vineyard is low yielding with grapes grown organically and bio dynamically and the winery is also certified biodynamic/organic. The Kalleske family are active practitioners of sustainable farming. They are caretakers of the land and not only want to maintain the environment but improve it for future generations.

Ms Dianna Somerville, Director, RTGC Group.

With a background in contracts, defence management and operation services Dianna began to notice there was a huge gap in people’s abilities to put documentation together. Especially in regional areas, where people had incredible abilities in their roles, but found applying for tenders, grants and contracts confusing and overwhelming. That’s how she started Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services. Bored of working from her farm’s remote home office she became the first client of Working Spaces HQ, a coworking space opened and run by a local entrepreneur Simone Eyles. Working in the coshared space has opened Dianna’s eyes to how innovative people in Wagga are. Her passion has made her determined to make the area a regional hub that fosters the growth of local entrepreneurs who will build solutions to regional, national and global problems. She wants to show the young people in her town and surrounding areas that they do not have to leave their homes to be part of the start-up scene. Dianna says the roll out of the NBN has helped to make it easier, and slowly people are beginning to recognise they can grow their businesses from a regional area.

Join the discussion and take part in the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference this September, for more information and to register visit the conference website www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

The Australian Regional Development Conference is fast approaching!

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference is almost here again! The conference will be held in Canberra on 5-6 September 2016 and is designed for individuals and representatives from organisations with an academic, business or professional interest in regional development.

This year’s theme ‘Regional Australia – Planning, Participation and Progress’ will explore opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.’

Keynote Speakers for the conference are as follows:

Click here to view the 2016 Australian Regional Development Conference program.

Book your tickets today to ensure you don’t miss out on this highly informative annual event, visit the conference website for more information and to book your tickets click here.

 

Gippsland carbon transitioning Mary Aldred

Gippsland Carbon Transitioning Mary Aldred will present at the Regional Development Conference 3-4 November, Canberra

Gippsland Carbon Transitioning Mary Aldred will present at the Regional Development Conference 5-6 September, Canberra

Gippsland carbon transitioning – We are pleased to announce Ms Mary Aldred, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Gippsland as a Speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on the 5 – 6 September 2016.

Mary Aldred will present on Our Region Our Future: A Gippsland driven approach to carbon transitioning in the Latrobe Valley;.

The Latrobe Valley energy sector is facing change and upheaval with the impending closure of at least one power station in the near future. This is despite Latrobe Valley electricity generators being among the most reliable and cheapest base load electricity sources in Australia.

Ageing infrastructure and a national focus on the need to reduce carbon emissions will be the driving factors for this closure, as much as any financial imperative.

Beyond electricity generation, there remains (at current usage rates) around 500 years of brown coal resource that can be developed using smarter, more efficient, low emission processes.

Right now, there are thousands of Gippslanders who rely on Latrobe Valley power stations for their living and livelihoods. Exploring these challenges and finding practical, fact-based and long-term solutions that will build a strong economic future for the region is the reason for this report.

More broadly, there are tens of thousands of Victorians who rely on low cost, reliable electricity for their livelihoods in manufacturing and industry.

Gippsland Carbon transitioning about Mary Aldred

Mary Aldred commenced as the CEO of the Committee for Gippsland in 2011.

Having worked in business, industry and government, Mary’s career in the energy sector included a position as Corporate and Regulatory Manager for an energy efficiency business, in a policy role for the retail arm of International Power, and at the Energy Supply Association.

Mary has also worked in government including for a United States Senator in Washington, DC.

Mary has a BA (Hons) from Monash University, and a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne. She is currently studying for an MBA at Federation University.

Gippsland Carbon transitioning will be one of many topics to be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress being held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

With over 60 speakers and 7 confirmed keynote speakers, it is the regional conference to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

Sustainable futures Helen Anstis

Sustainable futures

Sustainable futures – Helen Anstis will present at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference Canberra 5 – 6 September 2016.

Sustainable futures: We are pleased to announce Ms Helen Anstis, CEO, Baw Baw Shire Council as a Speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Helen Anstis will present on ‘Pathways to a sustainable future’.

There is no denying that many rural councils are stretched financially and are struggling to maintain the current levels of service and infrastructure provision due to increasingly tight financial conditions.

Seeking additional funding for just road and bridge maintenance will not solve the problem in the long-term. Only systemic changes to local government operations, combined with a review of the funding arrangements from Federal and State governments will resolve the long-term financial sustainability crisis that many rural councils face.

Therefore this presentation will explore this issue of future sustainability and present ideas on how rural councils can achieve long-term sustainability. All ideas were generated through a workshop run with the Emerging Leaders group.

In order to be seen as sustainable, a council would have to have an operating surplus on an annual basis after fulfilling 100% if its infrastructure renewal requirements and provide essential services.

Sustainable futures – About Helen Anstis

Helen Anstis joined Baw Baw Shire Council as its CEO on 5 July 2010. Baw Baw Shire offices are located in Warragul approximately 1 hour east from Melbourne’s CBD.

Helen’s diverse career, spanning over 30 years includes time in the private sector and across all three tiers of government. Her career covers wide ranging experience and includes roles such as investment manager and investigator. She has held positions at Hobsons Bay, Geelong and Hume City Councils prior to her employment with Baw Baw Shire.

Helen’s local government experience also includes a study tour across the United States and Europe, investigating the effects of chronic illness in the workplace, the findings of her research have been presented to the MAV and she was also awarded an Local Government Managers Scholarship to work in the United Kingdom for one month as an exchange manager with Three Rivers District Council.

In June 2014 Helen represented Baw Baw Shire on the Victorian State Government South East Asian Super Trade Mission, which visited Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Sustainable futures and a broad range of topics for regional development will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is the regional conference to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.