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Do you tweet? Are #hashtags apart of your everyday communication?

We want to hear from you!

During the lead up and whilst attending the Australian Regional Development Conference we encourage you to connect and communicate with your networks.

Join the Australian Regional Development Conference conversation:

Twitter: @regionaldevelop

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AustralianRegionalDevelopmentConference

Conference Hashtag: #ARDC14

Blog Updates: http://regionaldevelopment.org.au/blog/discussion/

Social Media not your thing? Why not write an article for the Australian Regional Development Blog, send your story to secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au we would love to hear from you.

Revival and Survival of Regional Towns at Australian Regional Development Conference

Helen-s.jpgDr Helen Norrie, Lecturer at the University of Tasmania will present “Revival and survival of regional towns: case studies in Tasmania” at the Australian Regional Development Conference next month in Albury.

Although less than 40% of the population of Australia live in cities of more than one million people, the critical mass of metropolitan centres ensures that the concerns of major cities are central to national policy development. There is a continual emphasis on strategies dealing particular issues that are the consequence of the size and scale of these settlements: housing affordability; transport; sustainable environments; and infrastructure. However, beyond these metropolitan centres, different issues are at stake.

Smaller cities and towns lack the density or intensity of population to provide diverse services and facilities that will retain or attract residents, but they do provide other opportunities that can act as catalysts for future development.

Tasmania is emblematic of a broader situation in regions across Australia; it has very low population within a very large area. With only four cities with more than 10,000 people, and many wider regions reaching barely this figure, there is a need to develop mechanisms to foster the development of infrastructure and industry, to promote environmental and economic stability, and to facilitate regional cooperation and community building.

The Regional Urban Studies Laboratory (RUSL) within the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania explores differing ways of understanding regional resilience, examining projects that focus on regional complementarities and cooperation, rather than regional competitiveness. Recent collaborative research projects carried out between RUSL and local municipal councils in Meander Valley and Glamorgan-Spring Bay offer alternative ways of understanding the future of these regions, and provide models for regional thinking that can be applied across Australia. These projects demonstrate the importance of regional strategic thinking which crosses municipal boundaries, evaluating the existing and historical conditions of settlements to speculate on new futures that address the revival and survival of small towns and regions.

Dr Helen Norrie is an academic in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania, and founder of the Regional Urban Studies Laboratory (RUSL), a collaborative urban design research initiative that explores the opportunities for the future sustainable urban development, particularly in regional centres. RUSL uses academic, postgraduate and undergraduate design research investigations to explore a range of urban issues, focusing on the role of architecture in developing a relationship between urban design, development and planning.


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‘Regional Development – where to from here?’ will focus on issues surrounding the ECONOMY, PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT and COMMUNITY development. The aim is to advance economic and social outcomes and discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of Regional Australia.

The conference program is packed with an energizing mix of engaging keynote presenters, large-group panel discussions, breakout sessions, and networking time.

Registration is still open, please visit the conference website for further information www.regionaldevelopment.org.au.

Member Pricing Available for Australian Regional Development Conference

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Only 21 days until the City of Albury hosts the Australian Regional Development Conference.

This conference ‘Regional Development – where to from here?’ will on issues surrounding the ECONOMY, PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT and COMMUNITY development. The aim is to advance economic and social outcomes and discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of Regional Australia.

The conference program is packed with an energizing mix of engaging keynote presenters, large-group panel discussions, breakout sessions, and networking time.

If you are a member of the following associations the Australian Regional Development Conference extends Special Member Pricing to you:

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Poster Presenters Announced for Australian Regional Development Conference

The Australian Regional Development Conference is pleased to announce the launch of the Poster Presenter Display for the upcoming conference in Albury on 15 – 16 October 2014.

The poster display will contribute valuable information and provide a strong visual impact to the Conference program touching on a name of wide and varied topics including:

  • Public Participation in PlanningPosters
  • Local Government
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Economic Development
  • Design
  • Rural Communities
  • Regional Events and more…

Poster Presenters

Operation Next Gen
Ms Kerry Anderson, Projects Manager, Community Leadership Loddon Murray Inc., VIC

Public participation in planning in NSW: Resilient evolution or relapse?
Dr Lynne Armitage, Associate Professor of Urban Development, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, QLD
Prof John Sheehan, Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney, NSW

Planning for ageing in coastal settlements – What should we be planning for now and what does the future hold?
Ms Carmel Boyce, Director, Equity Justice Access, VIC

An Open-Source Tool for Identifying Industry Clusters: A Demonstration in the Northwest Corridor of Melbourne, Australia
Mr Matthew Budahazy, Research Assistant, The University of Melbourne, VIC
Dr Jennifer Day, The University of Melbourne, Dr Sophie Sturup, Birmingham University, Associate Professor Chris Pettit, The University of Melbourne

Mountain biking: an opportunity to enhance economic development in Australian rural areas?
Prof Shelley Burgin, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Bond University, QLD
Dr Nigel Hardiman, Director, Top Education Institute

Designing and Planning Beach Precincts
Mr Nigel Cartlidge, Doctoral Candidate, Bond University, QLD

Online ‘learning while earning’ for regional students equals sustainable communities
Mrs Kaye Clark, Lecturer, Central Queensland University, QLD
Doctor Louise Hawkins-Waters, Lecturer, Central Queensland University

It’s time to invest in our local changemakers
Mrs Karen Corr, Executive Director, Make a Change Australia, VIC

Delivering an MBA in regional Victoria – A unique multi-campus approach
Prof Amalia Di Iorio, MBA Director, La Trobe University, VIC
Professor Richard Speed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional), La Trobe University

The growing influence of party politics into NSW local government and the division between rural and city governance
Mr Max Eastcott, General Manager, Gwydir Shire Council, NSW

A partnership approach strengthens planning to reduce social isolation in elders in rural Victoria
Ms Emma Ghys, Health Promotion Officer, Alpine Health, VIC

Healthy Food Connect- Central Hume Primary Care Partnership (CHPCP)
Ms Emma Ghys, Health Promotion Officer, Alpine Health, VIC
Ms Kathryn McQualter, Dietician/Health Promotion, Benalla Health
Ms Monique Hillenaar, Health Promotion Officer, Ovens and King Community Health Service

The role of Local Government in the transition to sustainable communities
Dr Michelle Graymore, Senior Research Fellow, Federation University Australia, VIC
Dr Imogen Schwarz, Federation University Australia

Events as boosters of the regional economy
Prof Wim Heijman, Professor of Regional Economics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Building stronger links between agriculture and rural communities – learning from the “strengthening small dairy communities’ project”
A/Prof Ruth Nettle, Leader, Rural Innovation Research Group, University of Melbourne, VIC
Ms Rikki Andrews, Program Manager, Community and People Development, Geoffrey Gardiner Foundation
Mr Ned Dennis, Manager, Community Strengthening, South Gippsland Shire Council

Rural communities and the “food boom” opportunity: the governance challenge
Mr Michael Santhanam-Martin, PhD Candidate, Department of Agriculture and Food Systems, VIC
A/Prof Ruth Nettle, Leader, Rural Innovation Research Group

What happens when we un-plug: research into the viability of stand alone power infrastructure
Mr Tosh Szatow, Director, Energy for the People

Where to from here: regional art galleries in the Riverina/Murray
Mr Raymond Wholohan, PhD Candidate, Charles Sturt University, NSW

The full Conference Program and Book of Abstracts are available from the website.

Registrations are now open and all sectors of the region are encouraged to attend this key event, visit the conference website or contact Cindy Axisa, Conference Secretariat via email secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au.

Australian Regional Development Conference Early Bird Rate Closes Monday

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Due to overwhelming requests the Early Bird rates for the upcoming Australian Regional Development Conference have been extended until Monday, 15 September 2014.

Join some of Australia’s most influential and engaging industry regional leaders from Councils, Government Agencies and Rural Business and be a part of the Australian Regional Development Conference taking place in Albury, NSW from 15 – 16 October 2014.

This conference ‘Regional Development – where to from here?’ will on issues surrounding the ECONOMY, PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT and COMMUNITY development. The aim is to advance economic and social outcomes and discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of Regional Australia.

The Conference Program is packed with an energizing mix of engaging keynote presenters, large-group panel discussions, breakout sessions, and networking time.

The event also includes the 2014 Australian Regional Development Innovation Awards held on Wednesday, 15 October with optional Workshops focusing on Economic Development, Planning & Building, Community Development and Environment & Sustainability to be held on Friday, 17 October.

If you haven’t registered, take advantage of the lower rates and register now. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.

Registration fees include access to the “Book of Proceedings” and session podcasts after the event.

For more information please visit the conference website.