Kim Hewson, Principal at Economic Transitions will present on the development of strategies for sustainable tourism

Kim Hewson, Principal at Economic Transitions will present on developing strategies for sustainable tourism at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held in Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Kim Hewson

Kim Hewson

Speaker Introduction:  Kim Hewson has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, including positions as General Manager of hotels in Perth, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for an international hotel chain leading their global offices, and director of Australian and New Zealand markets with various hospitality and tourism products.  With experience in a number of regional and international locations, Kim has a solid understanding of the global environment and the diversified requirements of tourists.

Kim graduated from the University of Western Australia with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA). With an interest in sustainable tourism, Kim completed her thesis on, ‘A Strategic Analysis of the Key Success Factors of Developing a Sustainable Tourism Resort in a Remote Location – Cocos (Keeling) Islands’.  Keen to continue her research in the sustainability of regional and remote locations through the implementation of tourism strategies, Kim was accepted through the Curtin Sustainable Tourism Centre at Curtin University in 2011 for research in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  Her current research focuses on the economic diversification of regional mining communities, and is titled, ‘The Development of Sustainable Tourism as an Economic Alternative to Supplement Mining Based Regional Economies – Kalgoorlie, Western Australia’.

Since commencing Economic Transitions in 2011, Kim has focused on the development of sustainable tourism as an alternative for economic growth in regional Australia.

Presentation Title: Development of a Strategy for Sustainable Tourism – Shire of Leonora, North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia

Overview: Mining in the Goldfields of Western Australia has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few decades. Many shires and towns have survived on a mono-economy which ultimately matures in parallel with the mining lifecycle. However, the mining lifecycle is dependent on a number of variables which makes the market both volatile and capricious. The Shire of Leonora (Shire), a remote outback town in the North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, is one such town. Recognising that its longer term sustainability required economic diversification, the Shire undertook the development of a tourism strategy which would have the potential to provide commercial multiplicity and social value.

This paper aims to provide economic and tourism developers in regional centres an outline of the process undertaken in developing a working tourism strategy with the Shire of Leonora, and to illustrate the importance of stakeholder engagement and community participation in developing a working strategy.

The contents of the paper will include the geographical, economic and social overview of the Shire of Leonora; identify the outcomes required by the Shire; apply models and tools in developing the strategy to ensure practicable outcomes; identify the carrying capacity of the Shire for the tourism sector; consider the processes established to ensure community participation in recognising current and potential tourist attractions in the Shire; identify future tourism potential through project development categorised into short, medium and long term projects; and the importance of risk analysis in project development.

The conclusions of the paper will assess the completion of the tourism strategy, post submission endorsement by Council, project commencement and funding, and where are they now.

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.

Suzette Jackson to present on ‘Developing Localised Food Economies for Regional Cities’

Suzette Jackson, Director of Innate Ecology will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Suzette Jackson

Suzette Jackson

Speaker Introduction: Suzette Jackson, Director of Innate Ecology, is a sustainability consultant, designer and researcher specializing in sustainable solutions, strategy and research across the multidisciplinary fields of architecture, urban ecologies, and food systems. Suzette has industry experience in sustainable communities and built environments across commercial, residential, governance and community sectors working in Australia and Asia. A key focus is in international frameworks and tools across sustainable cities, precinct and communities, with expertise in GreenStar Communities, One Planet Living and the Living Building Challenge.

Innate Ecology recently completed the Geelong Food Hub Feasibility Study working with Deakin University and the City of Greater Geelong. The study developed an understanding of the food system in the G21 region and a model for a regional food hub.

Presentation Title: Developing Localised Food Economies for Regional Cities
Co-Author: Dr John Rollo

Overview: In thirty-five years, in 2050, the world population is predicted to be reach between 9 and 9.5 billion people, up from 7.24 billion people in 2014. In 1804, just 208 years earlier there were only 1 billion people on earth. Population growth in the past 200 hundred years has been exponential, impacting our ability to feed world populations from the earths resources.

Today nearly 805 million people globally go hungry on a daily basis, while 1.5 billion people struggle with obesity. Yet the global community wastes one third of global food production or four times the amount of food required to feed the malnourished population and significant food supplies are used to feed livestock. The current global food system is unbalanced and not delivering food security for all people, in all regions. By 2050 there will be significantly more competition for quality nutritious food and food in general.

The impacts of global food issues on Australian regional cities are not always clear or well understood. This paper explores food system issues impacting regional communities today and into the future. The paper addresses food strategy development and current food distribution models, including Australian based approaches to food hub models and food hub feasibility studies.

The food system impacts a broad: food production practices impact regional water quality and quantity, soil, plant and animal health, while food distribution practices affect regional communities economic, and social wellbeing.

A regional approach to food production, processing, distribution and waste is fundamental to the resilience, health and wellbeing of a community and the regional economic, social and environmental wellbeing.

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 secure your reduced delegate rate (Early Bird rates close today) book your delegate pass, visit the website here.

Shannon Olds from the Office of Environment and Heritage to present on Cultural Tourism

Shannon Olds, Cultural Tourism Development Officer at the Office of Environment and Heritage will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Speaker Introduction: Shannon is a Wiradjuri woman from central west NSW and is the project manager of the Cultural Tourism Development Program. Shannon’s role is to increase the profile of cultural tourism within NSW national parks by working alongside Aboriginal people/communities to establish sustainable cultural tourism enterprises. Shannon has extensive experience in working with Aboriginal communities across the state. Prior to her role with OEH she was employed at her local land council and sat on the board of the lachlan CMA regional Aboriginal reference group and mid-lachlan Aboriginal housing co-operative. Shannon has a Bachelor of commmerce degree with a major in accounting and business law. Shannon was the recipient of this years Carol Kendall award which is an award that acknowledges outstanding contribution in a number of areas, Shannon won for her achievements in community liaison and project management.

Presentation Title: Cultural Tourism Development Program

Overview: The Cultural Tourism Development Program (CTDP) is an initiative of the Customer Experience Division and has been operating for the past 18 months.

It is a strategic state-wide program which facilitates and supports Aboriginal businesses, and Aboriginal business development by engaging and working collaboratively with Aboriginal communities/individuals who have been identified as having the potential to develop and deliver a new or enhanced cultural tourism experience within their local national park/s.

The program’s objectives are to increase the profile of Aboriginal cultural tourism within NSW, contribute to community capacity building through training and development and increase employment and economic development opportunities for Aboriginal people. This is achieved through the establishment of sustainable Aboriginal owned and operated tourism enterprises and a long-term partnership with NPWS.

The strategies implemented to achieve the program objectives include, facilitation of community workshops which provide an overview of the tourism industry and what is needed to succeed. A SWOT and Gap analysis is done through brainstorming and an action plan is developed to progress ideas and address any needs i.e. training etc. The CTDP Handbook is also an integral component of the program, designed specifically to assist new business operators with the development of a new cultural tourism experience. The program manager also plays a key role in assisting with industry networking and mentoring. Participants receive guidance and support on an ongoing basis from initial concept through to establishment and operations.

The NPWS CTDP program has the support of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Indigenous Business Australia, Tourism Australia, Destination NSW, the Local Government Aboriginal Network, the Aboriginal Economic Development Officer Program and Many Rivers Micro Financing. Already the CTDP has enjoyed great success, assisting with the development of five new Aboriginal owned and operated businesses

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.

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.

 

Chris Green of Crowe Horwath to present on ‘Creating Sustainability in Regional Tourism’

Christopher Green, Principal – Business Advisory at Crowe Horwath will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

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

Christopher Green

Christopher Green

Presenter Introduction: With over 7 years experience, Christopher specialises in Strategic Planning and Business Plans for larger businesses in North East Victoria and the Southern Riverina.

Most recently, Christopher was the Director of a regionally based Strategic Advisory firm in Wangaratta where he provided a variety of high level strategic options to his clients.

Christopher combines the practical, commercial and technical experience needed to deliver positive outcomes with a unique understanding of the issues facing regionally based organisations. Additionally, he has a comprehensive knowledge of Government grants currently available that can assist clients in achieving their goals.

Christopher undertakes an active role in his local community through participation in a variety of community groups and boards.

Presentation Title: Creating Sustainability in Regional Tourism – a case study
Co-Author: Kylie Smith, Principal – Business Advisory at Crowe Horwath

Overview: Sustainability in tourism plays an important role in the overall ongoing growth and success of regional areas. Developing a process to understand what drives sustainability and leverage opportunities is a key aspect of successfully creating sustainability in regional tourism.

To view and/or download the Australian Regional Development Conference program, visit the website here.