Richard Colbran to discuss community development and health

Community Development Richard Colbran

Richard Colbran will speak on how healthy, well country kids are a catalyst for strong communities

Community development: We are pleased to announce Mr Richard Colbran, Business Director, Royal Far West as a speaker, at the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress which will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Richard Colbran will be speaking on ‘Healthy and well country kids – a catalyst for strong communities’ in the Community Development stream.

Healthy and well children and families are important to secure and sustain the next generation of regional Australia. However, families living in country Australia can face challenges in accessing services and good-quality infrastructure (AIFS, 2013). Rural communities are on average sicker, poorer and more disadvantaged compared to people in urban settings. They also have less access to health care (Wilson et al, 2009).

Children living in regional Australia have the right to receive the health and education services and support they need. This is essential so that they can develop well and participate fully in community life. Investment in country kids has exponential advantages to Australian society, delivering benefits and savings in health, education, justice and social welfare and enhancing human capital and productivity.

The presentation will provide examples of RFW approach: highlighting key steps in mobilising integrated funding partnerships, explaining how RFW is addressing the paediatric specialist and allied health workforce shortage and sharing RFW experiences of building service stream capacity to enhance health and community outcomes.

Rural Community Development – Richard Colbran

Richard Colbran is an experienced not-for-profit organisation manager in health and social services and is currently Business Director at Royal Far West – an independent, non-government charitable organisation which has been providing health services for rural and remote children across NSW since 1924.

An advocate for social leadership, Richard’s interests include discovery and innovation, building the capacity of individuals and organisations in order to create change for the community’s health, safety and wellbeing, and the commercialisation of services and products to support NGO sustainability.

Community development will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is the regional conference to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

The conference addresses issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation.

Victorian Government announces $36.8m for regional police stations

vic police regional developmentPolice are the latest target of a spending blitz by the Victorian Government.

Almost $600 million will be spent in next week’s state budget on public safety, including $36.8 million on regional police stations.

New police stations will be built at Colac, Murtoa, Bright, Warburton, Mallacoota, Cowes and Corryong.

And $2.94 million worth of refurbishments will take place across stations at Bacchus Marsh, Bairnsdale, Benalla, Churchill, Cobden, Geelong, Lakes Entrance, Maffra, Moe, Mount Buller, Portland, Rosebud, Sorrento, Warragul and Warrnambool.

Almost $4 million will be spent replacing or upgrading police residences across Victoria.

Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, Ben Carroll, announced the regional funding in Colac this week.

“Community safety is paramount,” Mr Carroll said.

“The Government is delivering on a commitment to provide better resource for a modern police force,” Mr Carroll said.

The State Government will be spend $11.47 million building the new Colac police station, an announcement welcomed by Colac Otway Shire mayor Frank Buchanan. To read more click here.

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

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.

To register for the conference CLICK HERE.


Investing In What Works for America’s Communities

Investing In What Works for America’s Communities » Community Development in Rural America: Collaborative, Regional, and Comprehensive.

This is an excellent article and could have been written with many Australian Rural areas in mind… I hope conference delegates find it thought provoking…. Peter Sugg

Early Bird Registration Closing Soon

early birdEarly Bird Registration
An Early Bird rate is being offered  to those who register and pay prior to 4th September 2014.
Register online

Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Albury NSW on the 15th – 16th October 2014 with optional workshops on the 17th.

Australia’s sustainability and future are reliant on the development of regional areas. Some regional areas are flourishing and others are struggling. Through innovation, collaboration and sharing there has been progress in many regional communities. This conference “where to from here” will provide equal focus to the advancement of economic and social outcomes for regional Australia.

Economic, Planning, Environment and Community Development 

The Australian Regional Development Conference will focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development. The aim of the conference is to advance economic and social outcomes for regional Australia. The conference program provides the opportunity to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of regional Australia.

The conference will address

  • Economic development opportunities for business and job creation
  • Social inclusion issues of unemployment; education completion rates, health delivery and community development
  • Planning and building challenges of land use application, refurbishment and renewal in a regional setting
  • Sustainability and liveable communities principles
  • How to meet the challenging in uncertain times; climate change, population shifts, natural disasters, droughts, mining boom and agriculture adjustments
  • Infrastructure challenges for freight to distribute products from regional Australia to urban and overseas export markets


  • Renewable energy and energy supply
  • Natural resource management including water management
  • Planning and Building with focus on small inland town, regional cities and coastal developments
  • Social and recreation developments – cultural, sporting, historic precincts and services
  • Economic development of major regional industries including agriculture, mining and tourism
  • Community Service Delivery with a focus on health, housing affordability/access and special attention to aged care services
  • Employment –  job creation, skilled migration and unemployment
  • Education and Training – regional universities and vocational training
  • Government – policy, funding and evaluation
  • Infrastructure and Transport stream – Road Freight, Rail, shipping and ports, regional airports/airlines, passengers services,
  • Digital – broadband technology, co-location of services

Find out more about the Australian Regional Development Conference:
Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068
Fax: (61 7) 5527 3298

Families in regional, rural and remote Australia

Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with over two-thirds (69%) of the population living in major cities.

It also has one of the lowest population densities outside of its major cities.

Community Development in Remote Australia

One way of categorising regions is in terms of the road distance from services, and helps define remoteness for statistical purposes in Australia.

Despite the vastness of Australia and the profound impact that this has on the lives of the peoples living in rural and remote areas, relatively little is known about families living in these areas of Australia compared to those living in major cities.

Australian Regional Development Conference, will address families and community development issues. The Australian Regional Development Conference will be held on 15-16 October  2014 in Albury. For more information please visit the conference website