Lauren Clerey from SJB Urban to present on the Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan

Lauren Clerey, Associate at SJB Urban to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held next week (26– 27 August 2015) at the Commercial Club Albury.

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

Lauren Clerey

Lauren Clerey

Speaker Introduction: Lauren Clerey is an urban planner and designer whose breadth of experience ranges from master planning, design guidance, policy formation and public consultation. Originally from the UK, Lauren moved to Melbourne 7 years ago, and has enjoyed getting to understand the specific challenges facing the City, whilst tapering her experience into a passion for public space and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Presentation Topic: Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan
Co-Author: Simon McPherson, Director of SJB Urban

Overview: SJB Urban completed a Master Plan for the redevelopment of the Ballarat Station Precinct, which comprises the heritage Ballarat Station and associated heritage Goods Shed and Engine Shed, the bus interchange, the taxi drop-off, car parking and cycle facilities, in addition to adjacent transport and non-transport areas.

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 Australian Regional Development Conference program please click here.

Peter Tesdorpf to present on the Victorian Regional Passenger Rail 2050 Strategy

Peter Tesdorpf, Principal at Peter Tesdorpf and Associates will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Speaker Introduction: Peter Tesdorpf is a consultant in regional development, urban affairs planning and local government, with 40 years professional experience. He is a former Victorian President of the Planning Institute, a Committee Member of the Rail Futures Institute, played a key role in establishing several regional development organisations in Victoria and NSW and a former Director of a regional organisation of Councils.

Presentation Title: Victorian Regional Passenger Rail 2050: A strategy for growing Victoria’s regional passenger rail services and their role in the growth and sustainability of regional Victoria

Overview: The evolution of Victoria’s regional cities and towns has reached a turning point. Decades of minimal or negative growth have been reversed in recent years by significant population increases in many regional cities and towns, driven by (inter alia) unprecedented metropolitan growth, emerging preferences for alternatives to congested city life, rising capital city house prices, improved lifestyle, social and cultural amenities in regional cities; and improved road and rail links. Government investment over the last decade in Victorian regional passenger rail has been a not insignificant factor in the mix.

These trends are set to continue, driven by the momentum of “agglomeration and critical mass economics” and Government policy to divert some growth from Melbourne to surrounding towns and cities.

Of all Australian States, Victoria’s settlement pattern most closely resembles the “European Model” of a network of connected cities within reasonable distance of each other. It also has (despite shortcomings) the nation’s best regional rail passenger network providing a strong base for future improvement. Despite significant differences between Victoria and Europe, there is considerable potential to build on the State’s historical legacy and new-found growth momentum towards a sustainable, multi-city model of urban settlement.

Passenger rail can and should play a key role in managing and directing Victoria’s population growth: Faster and more frequent rail services between Melbourne and the regional cities would be the single most effective tool for redirecting growth to regional centres, reducing pressure on Melbourne’s outward growth, changing Victoria’s urban development patterns and creating new lifestyle and employment options through reduced travel times.

It is timely to firm up this vision, as the State Government begins community input into a “Regional Network Development Plan” blueprint for regional public transport services.

The presentation will develop a vision for regional passenger rail services to 2050 to serve and shape the future pattern of Victoria’s regional and urban development and develop an overarching strategy including travel demand scenarios, travel markets, proposed routes, services and frequencies, rolling stock and infrastructure requirements, revenue and cost recovery, institutional arrangements, funding models, coordination of transport and land use planning in regions; and broader economic, social and environmental considerations.

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.

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.

New arrangements between Australia and Philippines to benefit regional tourism

Article originally published in MICEBTN 5 May 2015

Australia’s deputy prime minister and minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new arrangements will provide for flights to increase by 55 per cent over the next year.

“Importantly, the arrangements expand code share opportunities for Australian airlines, providing potential for our airlines to expand their global networks and connectivity through co-operative marketing arrangements with overseas partners,” said Truss.

“The new arrangements will allow growth to continue for another four years, recognising the potential of Australia as a prime tourism destination within the Asia-Pacific region.”

The new arrangements provide an immediate increase in capacity entitlements from 6,000 seats each way each week to 8,300 seats each week, rising to 9,300 seats from March 2016.

Airlines can continue to operate unlimited services between the Philippines and Australian regional locations such as Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

MiceBTNTo read the full article please click here.

Call for Abstracts Open for Australian Regional Development Conference

Call for Abstracts are open for the Australian Regional Development Conference, an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation. The program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynote Presenters, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Poster Presentations.

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.

The Conference Streams are below (followed by sub-themes for concurrent sessions):

  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Transport and Logistics
  • NBN / Broadband Communication
  • Banking / Finance

Sub themes for concurrent sessions:

  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Transport and Logistics
  • NBN / Broadband Communication
  • Banking / Finance

All presenters at the conference can have papers included in the “Book of Proceedings” which is published internationally with an ISBN number. Peer reviewing is available. Delegates also have access to the podcast resource, post conference. A collection of presentations on Regional Development recorded in 2014 and 2015.

For more information or to submit an abstract, please click here.