Book of Abstracts available now

Book Of Abstracts

Regional Development Conference 5-6 September 2016

The Book Of Abstracts is now available for The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress  which will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016. To view the Book Of Abstracts CLICK HERE.

This dynamic and content driven conference features a two day program with six keynote presentations, 12 concurrent streams, trade display, networking opportunities, conference dinner and showcase presentation and panel featuring regional business success stories.

Book Of Abstract snippets include;

Building strong communities – lessons from philanthropy, will be presented by Natalie Egleton, CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. This presentation shares a number of practical case studies of projects that highlight the factors that need to be in place to support strong, vibrant rural, regional and remote communities.

Mr Tony McBurney Director, integratedREGIONALdesign and Conference Chair says “Please don’t evict any more ‘old’ people from your town!” The next big thing is… the last big thing ageing as an opportunity.  The Baby Boomers have driven almost all markets in our economy for the last 60 years. Now that they are ‘aging’ they are too easily seen as the problem for small communities rather than the next great opportunity for regional development. It may be that the towns that best step up to meet the priorities of a ‘new aging’ are those that move forward most productively.

Keynote Speakers who will be attending include;

Dr David FlemingResearch Economist, CSIRO will be speaking on ‘What explains differences in regional development across the country?

Mr Sean Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council will speak on ‘Economic Development in Aboriginal Communities’.

Nicky Ison, Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney and Jarra Hicks, PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales are co-founders of Community Power Agency which helps to grow a vibrant community energy sector in Australia and they also helped to found the Coalition for Community Energy, working to address the barriers to the development of a wider Australian community energy sector.  Together they have been instrumental in the development of community energy policy in NSW, Victoria and federally.

Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council (ALC) – which represents the major and national companies participating in the Australian freight logistics supply chain industry will be speaking on; Getting the Supply Chain Right’.

Discussing the ‘Sustainable Tourism Model’ will be Associate Professor Simon McArthur, Deputy Chair, Australian Regional Tourism Network.

Warwick Powell, founder and Chairman of Sister City Partners Ltd, a regional not-for-profit investment banking enterprise. He is also a Director of a number of companies in Australia and Hong Kong involved in investment banking, big data analytics, renewable energy and agribusiness services.

The conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government not-for-profit organisation.

CLICK HERE to register your attendance at the 2016 conference.

To view the Book Of Abstracts CLICK HERE.

 

Catherine Crowden on Collaborative Area Management

Catherine Crowden on Regional Area Management

Catherine Crowden on Regional Area Management

Regional Area Management: We are pleased to announce Mrs Catherine Crowden, Project Officer, South West NRM as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Catherine Crowden will be speaking on ‘Who Fenced the Dogs Out? Collaborative Area Management: Working Together to Support the Grazing Industries of South West Queensland’ in the Regional environmental sustainability stream.

Regional Area Management: The Collaborative Area Management (CAM) project is a cost-efficient, pest exclusion and total grazing pressure management model developed by South West NRM, with funding support provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments. This innovative concept involves land managers working cooperatively to build and maintain an exclusion fence around a group of properties.

Through a collaborative approach that presents strong economies of scale, projects can be implemented with significantly less private and public investment. Following fence construction, land managers continue to work as a group to manage invasive pest animals inside the cluster. Outcomes of this project include a reduction in the environmental and economic impacts of pest animals and an improvement in livestock production and profitability. A decrease in predation allows land managers the choice to return to, or continue working in the sheep industry, a class of production closely correlated with the sustainability of rural townships. A decrease in total grazing pressure, through a reduction in pest animal numbers, enables land managers to implement pasture management practices resulting in improved pasture health.

Catherine Crowden is the Project Officer for the Collaborative Area Management Project through South West NRM where she has worked for the past two years. Catherine completed a Bachelor of Science in 2013 with Majors in Conservation and Wildlife Biology and Environmental Management through Murdoch University in Western Australia where she lived for seven years. Catherine is responsible for the on-ground monitoring and evaluation of the project, reporting to the QLD State Government and working closely with the land managers involved both inside and outside of the cluster groups.

Regional Area Management 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 Development Conference to be sure to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

Dr Kate Auty discusses Community Energy

Dr Kate Auty discusses Community Energy

Dr Kate Auty discusses Community Energy

Community Energy: We are pleased to announce Dr Kate Auty, Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Dr Kate Auty will be speaking on ‘Community Energy’ in the Regional environmental sustainability stream.

There is a growing movement across regional areas to promote a discussion about and also install community energy projects.  We have just seen leadership in the ACT with the Territory government committing to a target of 100% renewable by 2020, moving the target date forward.

The Victorian experience in relation to community energy is informative.

Daylesford began the conversation about two community owned wind turbines, engaged in a massive amount of community discussion, forged a new way of funding the proposal, built constructive relationships with government, and then built the turbines.  That community owns its turbines and produces its own energy.

Newstead in central Victoria has been forging ahead with a conversation about becoming 100% renewable.

Yackandandah and Seymour and Euroa are all working on ways to promote the turn to renewable energy and Dr Kate Auty explores the elements of a successful campaign.

Dr Kate Auty is the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. Her qualifications include law, history and environmental science. She holds a PhD in law and legal studies and continues as a barrister. Kate has held appointments as a magistrate and coroner (Victoria and Western Australia). She has also held appointments as a WA mining warden and industrial magistrate. Kate was instrumental in establishing Aboriginal sentencing courts in both Victoria and Western Australia.

Subsequent to those appointments she was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability from 2009-2014 and she continues as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with University of Melbourne through to 2017. Current boards and advisory roles include the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (Chair), AURIN and MDBA ACSEES (member).  Kate is presently a City of Melbourne Ambassador in the development of the Future Melbourne Plan 2026 with a portfolio responsibility in climate change.

In accepting the ACT Commissioner role Kate relinquished advisory roles with La Trobe University in sustainable society, water and agriculture research, and she also stepped down as the chair of the advisory board to NeCTAR.

Community Energy 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.

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.

Dr David Fleming, CSIRO Economist, explains regional differences

dr david fleming

Dr David Fleming, Research Economist, CSIRO

Dr David Fleming, Research Economist, CSIRO will be speaking on ‘What explains differences in regional development across the country?’as a Keynote Speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on the 5 – 6 September 2016.

Australia presents important disparities on economic development across its regions. For instance, weekly family net income in 2006 varied from $478 to $5,000 across statistical local areas (SLAs) and unemployment rate shown figures of zero to up to 20%. The factors underlying these disparities across the country are not fully understood and research trying to capture their relevant contribution to different development indicators is scarce.

In this presentation, Dr Fleming will visually present different types of regional data, and discuss their underlying message, as well as present a comprehensive empirical analysis of different determinants of economic development across all Australian regions, with special emphasis on the drivers of population, income, employment and urban growth over the period 2006-2011.

Dr Fleming’s research analyses different issues linked to economic growth and regional development, employing mainly econometric models and spatial analysis. He also specialises on impact evaluation.

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.

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.

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

Roadmap for Regional Communities

Regional Communities: Regional development minister Terry Redman

Regional Communities: Regional development minister Terry Redman

Regional Communities: The WA Government has laid out its plan to overhaul the servicing of Aboriginal communities, with Indigenous leaders involved in the process describing it as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for change as reported by Erin Parke.

The future of WA’s 274 Aboriginal communities has been under the microscope following Premier Colin Barnett’s comments that the State Government could no longer afford to keep funding all communities, and some would have to close.

The unit formed eight months ago to review the future of Aboriginal communities will today release details of the changes planned.

The report — described as a “Roadmap for Regional and Remote Aboriginal Communities” — outlines a focusing of funding and support on larger communities, and a withdrawal of the minor services currently delivered to more than 100 small outstations.

Regional Communities: However Regional Development Minister Terry Redman has emphasised no-one will be forced to leave the smaller bush out-stations, even though small government contributions, such as fuel subsidies, will be withdrawn.

“One of the not-negotiables in the work we did, was that we’re not going to remove, or force Aboriginal people to be removed from land, and access to their culture and heritage, access to their kin,” he said.

“So what’s imperative in this, is if someone wants to stay living on the land, living where they’ve always lived, they can do so.”

The 120 communities that have less than 10 residents, or which are only occupied occasionally, will therefore be required to be self-sufficient, while resources are focused on larger centres.

“By the end of the year, we’ll identify 10 of the larger communities and sequentially start coordinating investment into key municipal infrastructure, to give them much better service delivery around water, power, sewerage and the like going forward,” Mr Redman said.

“It may even be some of the bigger centres, where there is access to employment and good quality education, that they could get transitioned into a town.” To read more click here.

Regional Communities 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.

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.