Building Hubs and Clusters: strategy for industry in regional Australia

Proactive regional, rural and small communities are recognising the imperative for building hubs and clusters. In South Australia the Regional Development Australia (RDA) is waiting for the South Australian Government to finalise the details of a new ‘cluster’ group initiative. The Government announced $2.9 million funding in June to develop the industry working groups, to improve communication between regional businesses.

South Australia RDA

South Australia RDA

RDA will trial the networks in the Riverland and Murraylands. RDA, Chief executive Brenton Lewis says ….”We never entered into this cluster development on the premise that we would attract State Government funding, it wasn’t even on the radar,” he said.

“We believe that collaboration in regional business, like-minded businesses, is a smart thing to do.“It’s difficult for the businesses themselves to raise up and make that happen but we’re in a fantastic position as RDA to be able to facilitate the coming together initially.”

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Building Hubs and Clusters

The benefits of clusters were spelled out in a Harvard Business Review article by professor Michael Porter, who defined them as “critical masses in one place of linked industries and institutions from suppliers to universities to government agencies – that enjoy unusual competitive success in a particular field.”

This critical mass, said Porter, has three important effects on competition: they increase productivity of local companies; they stimulate innovation; and prompt the creation of new businesses within the cluster.

Would you like to speak on hubs and clusters in regional development

Would you like to share your thoughts on: insights and experiences on developing community hubs; clusters; creating partnerships; community enagement and support; funding; and government support for these initiatives.

Building clusters and hubs for waste, bio-clusters and bio-hubs and energy hubs are very topical and we welcome submissions to speak at this conference on these topics.

Call for papers – hubs and clusters: would you like to speak on economic development at this 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.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: [email protected] URL:


North Coast NSW : uncontracted RDA Projects to be assessed case by case

Truss says mid north coast RDA projects will be considered based on merits. The Minister for Regional Development has not completely ruled out funding for the Taree transport hub. The Northern Gateway project won funding from Regional Development Australia (RDA) in the last months of the Labor government. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss  said all uncontracted RDA commitments made by the previous government will be assessed case by case.

“We’ll be honouring all contracted projects but there are something like $400 million or $ 500 million dollars worth of projects which are uncontracted,” he said. “Now we’ll have to look at each of those each on its merits.

“We’ll be honouring all of our own election promises but we don’t feel a particular obligation to honour Labor’s election promises and so we will assess what Labor has promised on it’s merits.”

Mr Truss said the Abbott government is committed to regional development.

North Coast NSW : uncontracted RDA Projects to be assessed case by case

“Our major commitment to the Pacific Highway to get the four lanes finish before the end of the decade,” he said.

“Our commitment to the Melbourne to Brisbane railway line.

“Our determination to ensure that services are provided effectively and efficiently in regional communities.

“Those are our goals and objectives for our first term in government .

“Our commitment is to ensure that those people who live outside the capital cities get a fair share of our nation’s growth and development.”

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