Innovative regions identified in new Regional Australia Institute research

gippsland regionThere is no Victorian city is among the nation’s top 10 innovative regions.

The new list was published today by the Regional Australia Institute and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

The institute included business start-ups, research and the number of patents applied for in a municipality to rate the region’s innovation.

In Victoria, Indigo Shire came off best and West Wimmera Shire came off worst.

Indigo does well in the ranking with “presence of research organisations” with a national ranking of 14 and even has a few patents applied for.

West Wimmera has no patents and few business start-ups although the Edenhope-based council scored well in the natural resources section with the national ranking of 14 for agriculture.

The Gippsland region scored a four for its natural resources.

In the top 10 across the state were Surf Coast and Queenscliff for being in the top 10 innovative “connected lifestyle areas”.

The report is intended to move the “understanding of innovation beyond the traditional view of research and development”.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s regional and rural affairs strategist Lauren Andrews said the bank’s experience with regional people was that they had a strong track record of solving problems and finding new and better ways to do things.

The report has produced an interactive map to check the rankings of individual municipalities. To read more click here.

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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.

Victoria shifts focus to regional areas with new tourism push as a 3 year plan

victorian countrysideVictoria has launched a $3m push to convince tourists to “Wander Victoria” in a campaign that focuses on the state’s 11 regions and aims to draw Melburnians and state-border dwellers to some of its undiscovered wonders.

The campaign, created by Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, has been three years in the making and plays to a state government plan to get locals to make the most of their own state and to get tens of thousands of new Victorian residents each year to spend more on the local tourism economy.

At the same time the campaign launch has be used as an opportunity to promote the new rebranded tourism body Visit Victoria, announced by the Victorian Government last year.

Clemenger’s campaign features a group of friends finishing lunch at a vineyard, with one of the group announcing “I think I’ll walk”.

In a rare move, rather than the state tourism marketing body taking full control of the campaign, all 11 of Victoria’s regional tourism bodies were engaged in the creation of the campaign to allow their unique needs to be heard and to also avoid the common criticism in tourism marketing at all levels that some had been left out – a particular challenge that Tourism Australia often faces. To view the article and campaign details click here.

Regional Victorian Cities – high growth

Victoria’s 10 biggest regional cities, growing twice as fast as they were just a few years ago, have called for up to $4.4 billion to be spent on infrastructure and key services over the next 20 years to keep pace with surging growth and relieve pressure on Melbourne.

The population of the 10 regional municipalities could jump by as much as 288,000 by 2031, according to a new report that examines what further transport, health, education and other infrastructure and services they will need over the next two decades.

Under this ”high growth” scenario, they would house more than 1 million people by 2031, but would require $4.4 billion of investment, the report finds.

Even under a low growth scenario in which they accommodated about 25 per cent of the entire state’s growth, the 10 regional cities would add an estimated 208,000 people by 2031 and be home to about 950,000 people. Growth of this order would require investment of $3.4 billion, the report says.

To be released today, it was commissioned by the group Regional Cities Victoria, an alliance that represents Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Horsham, Latrobe, Mildura, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga.

Prepared by economic consultancy Essential Economics, the research found that Victoria’s regional cities have plenty of room to grow.   Illustration: Ron Tandberg Illustration: Ron Tandberg

Land suitable for residential development would accommodate almost 179,000 lots, which could house more than 425,000 people. Almost half of this land is already covered by residential zoning.

But while land, including for industrial development is plentiful, the cities would require massive investment in aged care, health and education to properly cater for the extra residents.

Reflecting an ageing population, the biggest investment needed – more than $1.2 billion – would be required for aged-care infrastructure, the report says.

The 10 regional cities now have about 8000 aged-care places, but would need more than twice as many (17,190) by 2031.   Increased acute health needs would also be costly, with the report estimating that almost $1.1 billion would need to be spent on hospital infrastructure and emergency departments.

Almost 6000 hospital beds would be required by 2031, an increase of almost 1700 on today.

Regional Cities Victoria chairman Mark Byatt said the cities could make a big contribution to the state’s overall growth and help reduce the burden on Melbourne’s already stretched infrastructure.

”Regional cities have got a significant role to play,” said Cr Byatt, who is also the mayor of Wodonga.

”We’ve got this spread of regional cities across the state that are planning for their own growth and seeing and living with their own growth.

”What we need to maintain is the liveability of those cities.

”We need to invest in those cities so that they’ve got almost urban-like, or capital city-like, attributes, services, infrastructure. So that when we do see this population explosion … we’ve got cities ready to go,” he said.

The Implications of Population Growth on Infrastructure and Resources in Regional Cities 2012 Report finds that Victoria’s second-biggest city, Geelong, could be home to 333,000 people across the municipality by 2031.

Bendigo could be home to more than 153,000 and Ballarat home to more than 140,000. Assuming a high-growth future, the report finds that the 10 cities would need by 2031:

■ An increase of almost 600 weekly rail and coach services to and from Melbourne.

■ Almost 400 extra GPs.

■ 17,190 more primary school places.

■ 14,000 more university places.

■ 2850 more kindergarten places.

■ Nearly 60 new bus routes.

Regional Cities Victoria infrastructure needs

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/regional-cities-seek-44b-20130311-2fwhg.html#ixzz2jGi1l7dq

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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.

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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.

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Regional Development Australia – what will happen to the proposed Geelong infrastructure projects

Regional development infrastructure projects scheduled for Geelong are in doubt

GEELONG leaders will lobby that key infrastructure projects promised funding by the former government be honoured by the incoming Coalition.

The proposed $12 million Geelong Centre for Infectious Diseases, a major pipeline for an agricultural precinct in Lethbridge and a Torquay children’s centre are among initiatives that were to receive backing under Labor’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

The Coalition has vowed to dismantle the Regional Development Australia Fund and has said projects that were not under contract would be re-assessed, placing the viability of the projects in doubt.

G21 and the region’s mayors yesterday said they would be advocating strongly for the projects – which were believed for up to three months to be going ahead – to get Coalition support.

Geelong acting Mayor Bruce Harwood was pleased by the commitments in Geelong’s south, but said the northern part of the city had fared “very, very poorly” in election promises.

“It appears the Coalition has a financial stringency plan and intends to stick to it – we’ll see what they bring to the region.”

Golden Plains Mayor Jenny Blake was among the leaders to congratulate the Liberals’ Sarah Henderson on her victory in Corangamite, while thanking outgoing Labor MP Darren Cheeseman. “Darren Cheeseman

Shane Fowles   |  September 9th, 2013, The Geelong Advertiser Read More Carry on call to Coalition on projects

Collaboration between the three levels of government will be a key focus of the The Australian Regional Development Conference

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will also feature presentation on regional infrastructure. 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.

Call for papers  is now open.

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

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