Synergies for regional development and agriculture

regional development Fiona nashNewly appointed Regional Development, Health and Communications Minister Fiona Nash says she won’t forget her agricultural roots after a major promotion in last week’s ministry reshuffle and is excited about the opportunity to work not only in rural health but also in regional development.

In a recent interview Minister Fiona Nash says “I don’t see that I’ll ever stop being a champion for agriculture; particularly around the new area of regional development,” she said.

“I believe there are some real synergies between regional development and agriculture, as indeed there is in communications.

Senator Nash said she was “very humbled” to be chosen by her party colleagues to be National Party deputy leader and the first female leader in its 95-year history.

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Government releases Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper

Excerpt below taken from Australian Government’s ‘White Paper at a Glance’

Stronger farmers, stronger economy

Agriculture has always played an important role in the success of our nation—it touches all Australians.

The Government is committed to strengthening the sector and ensuring it remains as competitive as possible, because stronger farmers mean a stronger Australian econ​omy.

The opportunities for the sector are enormous. We sit on the edge of the strongest growing region in the world, have a developed agriculture sector, have world-class food safety and environmental credentials, possess modern technology, have a strong economy and employ skilled labour.

The agriculture sector is well placed to prosper.

For the past 18 months the Government has listened to the challenges that farmers are facing and discussed what is required for them to be successful on the land. From this feedback we h​ave developed the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

The White Paper outlines the initiatives and commitments by the Australian Government for each of our five priority areas for action. It is a $4 billion investment in our farmers.

For more details on the White Paper, visit the Government’s dedicated page here.

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Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury

We invite you to join us at the Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury. The Conference will be hosted in the twin-cities of Albury-Wodonga, Victoria and New South Wales’ top entry for liveable cities.

The Association for Sustainability in Business has for many years held events focusing on sustainability, liveable cities and urban design principles. The Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC) was initiated from our member interest in regional development.

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.

The Regional Development Innovation Awards will be presented at the conference, they aim to recognise and showcase innovation in regional communities. The Awards provide excellent opportunities for networking and recognition. The 2014 Award categories include the following: Economic Development; Planning & Building; Environment & Sustainability; Community Development. The nomination form is on the conference website.

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, apply for an Innovation Award or Sponsor this conference please click on this link conference website or go to