Victoria’s regional employment strongest in Australia

Victoria’s regional employment strongest in Australia  Thursday, 19 September 2013 Employment in regional Victoria continued to grow over the three months to August, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

Victoria’s regional employment

Treasurer Michael O’Brien said.  “Regional Victoria’s unemployment rate of 5.4 per cent over the three months to August 2013 is the lowest of all the states,” Mr O’Brien said.  “Today’s figures compare favourably to the Australian regional average of 6 per cent and are significantly stronger than the rate of 6.3 per cent when Labor left office in November 2010.”

“Victoria is the only state where regional jobs increased, and we have the lowest regional unemployment rate in the nation,” Mr O’Brien said.

In the three months to August 2013, employment in regional Victoria increased by 9,600 persons (1.3 per cent) compared to the three months to May 2013.

“These 9,600 new jobs in regional Victoria have been supported by the Victorian Coalition Government’s economic strategy of building for growth, careful management of the state’s finances and record infrastructure investment.

“There are now 38,000 more people employed in regional Victoria than when Labor left office,” Mr O’Brien said.

Over the year, the increase in employment was largely driven by the Central Highlands-Wimmera region and the Goulburn-Ovens-Murray region.

Regional Victoria's strong employment

Regional Victoria’s strong employment

“The Coalition Government’s economic strategy is to build for growth and create jobs,” Mr O’Brien said.  “We are continuing to deliver infrastructure in our regional cities and towns through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“The former Labor Government left a regional unemployment rate of 6.3 per cent. While the Coalition Government is encouraging new jobs, Labor is opposing job-creating projects such as the East West Link,” Mr O’Brien said.

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Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Regional Employment and job creation. 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.

Call for papers – do you want to speak on regional employment?

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.

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.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

 

Health, education and regional development top priority for Northern NSW

HEALTH, education and regional development should be the top three priorities of the new Federal Government, say respondents to a recent survey on The Northern Star’s website. Lismore Northern Star

The unscientific poll revealed a broadly pessimistic attitude about the future of the region under the new Coalition Government.

Half the respondents indicated they had voted for Labor in the recent election while almost 70% believed Tony Abbott was not an effective leader.

Six out of 10 people believed regional and rural areas would now be worse off, with 41% “very negative” about Australia’s future under the Coalition.

The environment would fare worse, said 67%, as too would health and education, said more than half.

Elsewhere in Northern NSW the picture was much the same, with 57% believing the regions would suffer under the Coalition, compared to just 27% who expected things to improve.

Almost half the online poll’s respondents were over 55 with just 13% under the age of 35. Almost 50% were in a full-time job or self-employed.

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Health, education and regional development will also be a top priority at the Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury.

The conference theme is “Where to from here?” and will cover the broad areas of regional development, economic, planning, environment and community.

The conference will focus on the following themes: Environment/Sustainability; Planning/Building; Community Development; Economic Development; Infrastructure; Employment/Education; and Health Services.

Would you like to speak at the conference? 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.

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. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract submission.

To submit an Abstract or Sponsor this conference please click on this link conference website or go to http://regionaldevelopment.org.au/

Rural Health Care focus at Regional Development Conference

Rural Health Care, experiencing poorer health than their metropolitan counterparts

Rural communities determining local healthcare needs

Professor Farmer says six rural communities in Victoria and Queensland will take part in the three-year study, which is about to start recruiting local people to help design their own health care approach. The research team will evaluate the results and recommend how this can be translated into practice.

‘The model in this study will empower local communities to determine what is important to them in terms of local health care needs and viable ways of meeting them in rural places.’

The project has been funded by a $418,000 Federal Government National Health and Medical Research Council grant and a further $525,000 from La Trobe University and partner institutions.

These are Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local, James Cook University, Townsville Mackay Medicare Local, Dental Health Services Victoria, the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS Victoria and Queensland) and The Victorian Department of Health.

There’s incontrovertible evidence,’ says Professor Farmer, ‘that people living in rural places in Australia tend to experience poorer health than their metropolitan counterparts.

The project is based on an earlier study of Professor Farmer’s into community health participation in Scotland. Titled Remote Service Futures, it won a Scottish Government innovation award.

Professor Farmer says many health problems in rural Australia are public health issues of overweight, smoking, having high blood pressure and mental health problems.

Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local CEO, Matt Jones agrees. He says Medicare Local is keen to identify ways in which meaningful community participation can occur. ‘This project provides a fantastic opportunity to involve local people in planning to improve services and health outcomes.’

Listen to Professor Farmer discuss the project on ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph

Innovative programmes like this one for Rural Communities led by Professor Farmer need to be profiled and promoted to a broader community beyond the Health sector. That is why Australian Regional Development Conferenc wants to feature and profile social development and not just economic regional development. Rural health care delivery will be a key theme of the conference.

Rural Health delivery at Regional Development Conference

Call for papers on Health Care issues for regional development.

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  Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Councils finalise funding with Regional Development Australia

THE Port Lincoln City Council has committed to a new three-year funding agreement with Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula.

The Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association has been negotiating a new agreement with the RDA since the previous agreement ended in June.

The agreement has now been finalised and the Port Lincoln council voted last week to endorse it.

The council will contribute $55,643 this financial year, with minimal increases each year for the rest of the agreement.

Under the agreement the proposed contributions from other member councils would be: Lower Eyre Peninsula $22,424, Tumby Bay $19,517, Ceduna $22,424, Franklin Harbour $14,119, Kimba $14,119, Cleve $17,768, Streaky Bay $17,768, Elliston $14,119, Wudinna, $14,119 and Whyalla $134,406.

Full story – click here Thursday 29th August 2013, Port Lincoln Times

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Inc. is part of a national network of 55 regional development agencies which was established as part of a national initiative in 2009.

Regional Development funding will be discussed at the upcoming Australian Regional Development Conference 2014.

The benefits of this regional collaboration and partnership between all three levels of government – local, state and federal will be discussed at the conference with keynote presentations on initiatives and funding.

We are seeking presentations on models of collaboration for Regional Development at the Australian Regional Development Conference.

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.

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. 

Regional Development Australia: The Conference  15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au