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


The Innovation Awards 2014 Winner Profile – Planning and Building Award

Robert Hunt, Liverpool Plains Shire Council wins Planning and Building Award category for the Regional Development Australia: The Innovation Awards 2014.

The awards aim to recognise and showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations  in the following categories Economic Development, Planning and Building, Environment and Sustainability Award & Community.

Planning and Building Award Winner

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

What the Judges said:

“The project provides benefits across several sectors of the community, beginning with safety maintenance of basic assets, exercising insight and vision to achieve improved outcomes, through sharing the benefits of this action across different sectors of the community to enhancing recreational and tourist opportunities that reinforce the social capital of the community. In these ways the project demonstrates exemplary regional development. They began by just shoring up a dam!”

Following Local Government amalgamations in 2004 the newly formed Liverpool Plains Shire Council was informed that one of its newly acquired assets, Quipolly Dam, was inadequate with regard to flood safety and needed to be upgraded at substantial cost. Concurrently, the Shire was in the midst of a severe drought and with one village running out of water, Council undertook to investigate all opportunities that were available during the dam upgrade to ensure the integrity of future water supplies in the shire.

As a result of community consultation via public meetings and independent community surveys, a regional concept plan was developed which, among other things, increased the storage capacity of the dam to not only drought proof the towns of Werris Creek, Quirindi, Willow Tree and Wallabadah in the face of impending climate change predictions but to also provide for future growth due to expanded mining in the region.

Quipolly Dam was a shallow dam and for that reason the public was denied access, however with an increase in the depth of a further two metres, fishing from the shore and non motorized boating such as kayaks are now available for the first time in this shire. Committees comprising staff and enthusiastic community members were set up to oversee both the dam upgrade and the recreation area design and operations.

Attach C Robert Hunt

The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on Wednesday, 15 October from 7:00pm at the Commercial Club Albury, tickets are available from the conference website.

Innovation Award submissions closing soon


Nominations closing Tuesday 15th July 2014

The Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Australian Regional Development Conference Dinner and held on the 15th October at the Commercial Club Albury.

The Awards will recognise and showcase innovation in four categories

  • Economic Development Award – sponsored by The Regional Development Company
  • Planning and Building Award
  • Environment and Sustainability Award
  • Community Development Award – sponsored by Charles Sturt University

Who can apply?

Representatives from all types of organisations active in regional development across Australia, including councils, shires, rural and regional organisations, NGO’s and government agencies that aim to better serve their communities.

To submit your nomination online, click here

For more information on the Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC), 15-17 October 2014 The Commercial Club, Albury visit the conference website or contact the conference secretariat on:

Ph: 07 5502 2068