Dr Francine Rochford to present on rural depopulation and Australian policy

Dr Francine Rochford from La Trobe University will present at the Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Dr Francine Rochford

Dr Francine Rochford

Speaker Introduction: Dr Francine Rochford is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia. She has written extensively on the issue of water law and policy, particularly in relation to reforms to water policy. Her recent interests in water law include the constitutional framework within which water management occurs, the historical development of current water allocation principles, comparison of water law and policy, and the human right to water. Previous water related research has considered the tortious liability of water supply authorities for contaminated water, the environmental and social impacts of water policy reform, and constraints on adaptation to emerging water policy in regional communities.

Presentation Title: Amenity commons, multifunctionality and the abandoned landscape

Overview: This presentation will continue a longstanding narrative on the theme of rural depopulation, but will focus on two Australian policy settings: the user-pays framework which is driving the curtailment of water infrastructure in irrigation areas, and the treatment of positive externalities of agriculture in comparable jurisdictions. The research argues that these two policy settings will continue the population decline in rural areas in Australia, and will also result in unmanaged negative environmental outcomes. The creation of an agrarian underclass risks environmentally damaging consequences and risks the creation of alternative opportunities for land use, including potentially the maintenance of long term social, amenity and heritage values. The utilisation of a set of mechanisms available in comparable jurisdictions could avert these consequences by creating medium term mitigation opportunities for a rural demographic affected by concentration in markets and protection by competitor nations.

About the Conference

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

Themed Redefining the Future of Regional Australia, the Conference will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future.

To view and/or download the Conference program, please click here.  For information on registration or to book your delegate pass, visit the website here.

Dr Judy Rudner from La Trobe University to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference

Dr Judy Rudner, Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being 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 Julie Rudner

Dr Julie Rudner

Speaker Introduction: Dr Julie Rudner is a lecturer in the Community Planning and Development Program, La Trobe University, Bendigo. Through research, consulting and teaching, Julie explores the gap between policy and everyday life, with a particular focus on children’s, young people’s and migrants’ use, views and experience of their environments. She seeks to support active citizenship through community participation in planning.

Presentation Title: Rhetoric and reality: Policy and actions for an inclusive future
Co-Author: Noemi Cummings, Executive Officer, Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services

Overview: Population changes, influenced by Federal migration policy, educational and employment opportunities, and migrants’ desire to live in a safe community means regional areas are experiencing increasing cultural, ethnic and religious diversity. Diversity is further reflected in the communities themselves, with different migrants from the same ethnic or religious group often sharing a similar heritage to multi-generational Australians, naturalised citizens, and those with a refugee background or part of emerging communities. Moreover, migrants, in terms of the Australian workforce, come from highly skilled, student, and poorly skilled backgrounds.

While multicultural strategies and other policy support greater engagement of migrants into social, recreation and work communities, there is often a gap between the rhetoric and reality. Based on research conducted in two regional cities and the professional experience of a multicultural resource professional, this paper presents some of the real and perceived issues encountered by migrants with regard to finding housing, work, and feeling safe in public spaces, before focusing on the challenges and potential policy and program solutions for low skilled migrants to engage with their adopted communities. Significantly, the level of commitment to community infrastructures that will assist low skilled migrants to gain the social and cultural capital they need to succeed for themselves and their new communities will be a defining feature of regional Australia.

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

La Trobe University confirmed as Gold Sponsorship for Australian Regional Development Conference

The Australian Regional Development Conference is pleased to announce La Trobe University has confirmed a Gold Sponsorship for the event, being held 26– 27 August 2015 at the Commercial Club Albury.

La Trobe UniversityLa Trobe University is at the forefront of regional development. We are regional Victoria’s largest higher education provider. We are committed to funding research and educating people to make positive changes to society. As such, Excellence in Research for Australia has ranked us at or above world standard for our contribution across 38 disciplines.

La Trobe University

We address crucial questions for the future every day. As gold sponsors, we look forward to joining in the Australian Regional Development Conference conversation on the issues and opportunities facing regional Australia.

About the Australian Regional Development Conference:

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

The Conference theme Redefining the Future of Regional Australia will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future.

Stream Topics: 

  • Sustainability / Renewables
  • Population Movements
  • Community Development
  • Government Policy
  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Transport and Logistics
  • NBN / Broadband Communication
  • Banking / Finance

To view and/or download the full Australian Regional Development Conference Program, please click here.

Nominations close Friday for the 2015 Regional Development Innovation Award

Nominations are now being taken for the 2015 Regional Development Innovation Awards and will close this Friday 29 May.

The Awards aim to recognise and showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations working to develop sustainable economies across Regional Australia.Regional Development Awards

The award categories are:

To submit a nomination simply complete the online form including the following:

  • A brief overall description of your project, for use in the Conference Proceedings and other promotional material
  • 300-words for each criterion
  • All selection criteria to be addressed as appropriate to the project – if a criterion is not relevant to the project state ‘not applicable’

The 2015 Regional Development Innovation Awards will be presented at the Australian Regional Development Conference Dinner on Wednesday 26 August 2015 at the Commercial Club Albury.

To submit your nomination please visit the website here.

Winners for of the 2014 Regional Development Innovation Awards 

Economic Development Award – Proudly sponsored by The Regional Development Company

Mr Marcus Westbury, Renew Newcastle  Project: Renew Newcastle

Highly Commended – Mr Will Gerhard, Whitehorse City Council & Ms Julia Fenech, Wodonga Council

Planning and Building Award

Mr Robert Hunt, Liverpool Plains Shire Council  Project: Quipolly Dam Upgrade

Highly Commended – Mr Stephen Smith, Deicke Richards

Environment and Sustainability Award

Ms Samantha Smith, Future Proofing Geelong  Project: Future Proofing Geelong Program

Highly Commended – Mr Adam Gray, Local Government Association of SA

Community Development Award – Proudly sponsored by Charles Sturt University

Ms Alana Johnson, Voices for Indi Inc  Project: Voices for Indi

Highly Commended – Mrs Cherelle Brooke, Coffs Harbour City Council