Dr Caroline Perkins to present on funding for regional universities at the Australian Regional Development Conference

Dr Caroline Perkins, Executive Director of Regional Universities Network will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

The Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

Dr Caroline Perkins

Dr Caroline Perkins

Speaker Introduction: Dr Caroline Perkins is a geologist by training and has a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, and a Ph.D in geology from the University of New England. She has worked as an exploration geologist in Australia and Fiji, and undertook post-doctoral research in geology at the Australian National University. She has 15 years’ experience as a senior public servant working for the Australian Federal Government in higher education, research, science and radioactive waste management policy and programs.

In February 2012 she was appointed as the first Executive Director of the Regional Universities Network, a group of six universities with their headquarters in regional Australia, outside capital cities. Since then she has worked to foster advocacy, facilitate collaboration, and enhance the contribution of the member universities to regional development.

Presentation Title: Regional universities – should they be funded by the regional development portfolio?

Overview: Regional universities play a critical role as one of the largest and most visible physical, intellectual, cultural and sporting assets in their regions. Their teaching and learning activities, research and innovation and service functions contribute to: human capital development; regional governance and planning; community development; health and ageing; arts, culture and sport; environmental sustainability; and industry and business development. They are looked to for leadership in stimulating positive change, and their staff and students play active and visible roles in their communities.

To view and/or download the Australian Regional Development Conference program please click here.

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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

Topics

  • 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:
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Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068
Fax: (61 7) 5527 3298
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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.

Hamish Broome,  20th Sep 2013,  Read More

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/

Focus on health, education and regional development

20th Sep 2013 8:12 AM

New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (2nd L), his wife Margie (L), Governor-General Quentin Bryce (3rd L), her husband Michael Bryce (3rd R), leader of the National Party Warren Truss (R) and his wife Lyn (2nd R) pose for photographers after Tony Abbott was sworn in as the 28th prime minister of Australia during a ceremony in Canberra on September 18, 2013.

New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (2nd L), his wife Margie (L), Governor-General Quentin Bryce (3rd L), her husband Michael Bryce (3rd R), leader of the National Party Warren Truss (R) and his wife Lyn (2nd R) pose for photographers after Tony Abbott was sworn in as the 28th prime minister of Australia during a ceremony in Canberra on September 18, 2013. Stefan Postles

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.

Ranking least important in voters’ minds was Tony Abbott’s promise to repeal the carbon and mining taxes and introduce a paid parental leave scheme.

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.

Four out of 10 respondents in the regional poll said they voted Labor, 30% for other parties and 30% for the Coalition.

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.

Read the full story here