Food Bowl protection and residential development

Food Bowl protection is an issue that is generating a lot of discussion, whether Australia is to become Asia’s food bowl or securing Australia’s own  food supply

A FREEZE on residential development beyond what is outlined in the State Government’s 30 Year Plan for Adelaide’s northern food bowl is needed to help farmers, according to a report released last week.

The report, commissioned by Playford, Mallala and Barossa councils, the State Government and farming organisations, makes about 100 recommendations to help support the growth of the horticulture industry in the Virginia and Northern Adelaide Plains horticultural region.

Among the recommendations are a dedicated zone for greenhouse production, a study of water delivery and re-use options, better waste disposal practices and the establishment of a regional brand.

Read more Holly Petersen    Northern Messenger August 27, 2013 10:47AM

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Food Bowl protection and residential development . It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
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Creating Energy Hubs – Environment and Sustainable regional development

Creating energy hubs for environment and sustainable economic development is the focus of a new report on Latrobe Valley ‘s economic future

A long-awaited report on the Latrobe Valley’s economic future says the entire Gippsland economy will suffer without major investment in rail.

La Trobe Valley Map

La Trobe Valley Map

The RMIT report was released on Friday and says there needs to be greater accountability for who is responsible for revitalising the Latrobe Valley’s economy.

One of the reports authors, professor Peter Fairbrother, says a way to do that is to establish a regional economic development commission.

He says current governance is too ad hoc and fragmented and a commission could could for and ensure better planning of Gippsland’s rail and energy needs.

“There should be a concerted effort to develop Gippsland as an energy hub, looking at coal, looking at renewable [energy], looking at the biomass-type facilities that can also produce energy but can also use waste, we’re arguing, and we’re arguing in the report for an integrated approach to that”

Full story click here ABC News Posted Fri 2 Aug 2013, 11:59am AEST

The creation of energy hubs, renewable energy and bio-mass hubs  will be discussed at the upcoming Australian Regional Development Conference 2014.

Call for papers on environmental and sustainability issues

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Please indicate that your submission will be in Environment and Sustainability stream  

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

If you you would like to speak at the The Australian Regional Development Conference please go to the conference website to submit your paper or contact the conference secretariat. 

Australian Regional Development Conference 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
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