Australian Regional Development Conference Early Bird Rate Closes Monday


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.

Planning and Building Awards for Regional Innovation

Australian Regional Innovation Awards aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations that are achieving innovation in regional and rural Australia

Planning and Building Award for Regional Innovation

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.


The Award Presentation Ceremony is held in conjunction Regional Development Australia Conference Dinner on October 15th at the Commercial Club Albury.

Important Dates

Nominations open: Thursday 29th August 2013Nominations close: Tuesday 15th July 2014

Award Submission

Click here to submit a nomination, entries can only be accepted via the website.

The online entry:

  • requires you to provide a brief overall description of your project, for use in the Conference Proceedings and other promotional material
  • has a 300-word limit to each criterion
  • requires all selection criteria to be addressed as appropriate to the project; if a criterion is not relevant to the project state ‘not applicable’.

Note: applications and attachments will be printed in black and white only

Planning and Building Awards for Regional Innovation

Selection criteria

Entries for the awards should address the following selection criteria:

Innovation and/or best practice How does your project demonstrate innovation and/or best practice in the way your organisation does business or delivers services to your community?

Process and planning How did you determine what changes were required to improve your business practices and/or better meet your community’s needs (for example, consultation processes, needs analysis, etcetera)?

  • Benefits
  • What are the benefits of the project? Who benefits and how? Innovation
  • How does your project demonstrate innovation or deliver to community in terms of economic and social outcomes?

Community needs How are community needs met by this project

The judging process

Each Award will be judged by the Advisory Committee with judging based on the submitted entry form (entrants do not present). Judging will be based on the material provided by you, within the online entry form.

Meet one of the Judges

Tony McBurney, Director, Integrated Design Group

ARDC Committee-tony mcburneyTony established Integrated Design Group in 1999 after previous experience in both the public and private sectors, including his role as a Senior Architect at HPA / Mirvac and as an Associate at Stanton Dahl Architects.

Tony has a long-standing dedication to the community and housing design, with the goal of bringing the benefits of good architecture to ‘the common man’


There are sponsorship opportunities for these Awards, please refer to the Sponsorship Proposal or contact the Conference Secretariat.


RSA  two part logo large - word usePlanning and Building Awards for Regional Innovation More information

If you require more information about the Awards submission process and sponsorship please contact the Conference Secretariat.


Planning and Building Awards for Rural and Regional Innovation

Regional Innovation Awards 2014 Secretariat

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


Very fast passenger trains “affordable”

The Federal Coalition has announced plans for a new inland rail network, to cart freight from the Port of Brisbane to the Port of Melbourne.

This follows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s announcement of Labor’s plans for a high speed passenger rail link between the two cities.

Affordable trains

Image: Very-fast trains in China travel at 300k/h (Greg Muller)

The leader of the National Party, Warren Truss, says the Coalition will match Labor’s pledge of $300 million to buy land along the corridor and obtain approvals.

Research Director for Transport with Beyond Zero Emissions, Patrick Hearps, says Australia should invest in both passenger and freight rail transport and both options are affordable.

Producer: Greg Muller, Weekdays 11am Presented by Cameron Wilson  Wednesday 28 August 2013 11:06AM Full story here  ABC Bush Telegraph

Call for Papers for Infrastructure and Transport stream for the Regional Development Conference will include presentations: on infrastructure, road freight, heavy rail,  passenger trains, regional airports and airlines, ports and shipping

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.

If you you would like to speak at the The Australian Regional Development Conference please go to the conference website to submit your paper or contact the conference secretariat. 

Regional Development Australia: The Conference  15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: URL: