Regional Business Showcase – Panel Discussion

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Canberra on 5-6 September 2016. The conference theme Regional Australia – Planning, Participation and Progress will explore opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

On Day 2 the conference will host a Regional Businesses Showcase Panel Discussion featuring the following panellists:

Ms Jane Homberger, Director, Skin Smart Australia.

The team of Dermatoscopists have been hand selected across a range of locations Australia-wide to deliver the highest quality of skin cancer assessment. Skin Smart use the latest in Dermatoscopy techniques to assess for skin cancer. They offer molemap consultations at our clinic. By utilising this technology any suspicious lesions can be effectively monitored for microscopic changes. With a strict focus on professional development and the latest industry best practice in this evolving area, you can be confident our team has the best available skills and knowledge on skin cancer detection, education and prevention.

Mr Tony Kalleske, Director, Kalleske Wines.

In South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. They are one of the region’s leading grape growing families consistently growing some of the Barossa’s best quality grapes. After six generations of growing grapes, winemaker and seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and made the first ‘Kalleske’ wine. The winery is situated on the family estate where traditional winemaking techniques ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine. The vineyard is managed by Troy’s and Tony’s parents, John and Lorraine, and brother, Kym. John has over forty years’ experience tending the vineyard. The 120 acre vineyard is planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Mataro, Petit Verdot, Durif, Viognier, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Vines vary in age with the oldest remaining vineyard dating back to 1875 and an overall average vine age of about 50 years. The vineyard is low yielding with grapes grown organically and bio dynamically and the winery is also certified biodynamic/organic. The Kalleske family are active practitioners of sustainable farming. They are caretakers of the land and not only want to maintain the environment but improve it for future generations.

Ms Dianna Somerville, Director, RTGC Group.

With a background in contracts, defence management and operation services Dianna began to notice there was a huge gap in people’s abilities to put documentation together. Especially in regional areas, where people had incredible abilities in their roles, but found applying for tenders, grants and contracts confusing and overwhelming. That’s how she started Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services. Bored of working from her farm’s remote home office she became the first client of Working Spaces HQ, a coworking space opened and run by a local entrepreneur Simone Eyles. Working in the coshared space has opened Dianna’s eyes to how innovative people in Wagga are. Her passion has made her determined to make the area a regional hub that fosters the growth of local entrepreneurs who will build solutions to regional, national and global problems. She wants to show the young people in her town and surrounding areas that they do not have to leave their homes to be part of the start-up scene. Dianna says the roll out of the NBN has helped to make it easier, and slowly people are beginning to recognise they can grow their businesses from a regional area.

Join the discussion and take part in the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference this September, for more information and to register visit the conference website www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Book of Abstracts available now

Book Of Abstracts

Regional Development Conference 5-6 September 2016

The Book Of Abstracts is now available for The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress  which will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016. To view the Book Of Abstracts CLICK HERE.

This dynamic and content driven conference features a two day program with six keynote presentations, 12 concurrent streams, trade display, networking opportunities, conference dinner and showcase presentation and panel featuring regional business success stories.

Book Of Abstract snippets include;

Building strong communities – lessons from philanthropy, will be presented by Natalie Egleton, CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. This presentation shares a number of practical case studies of projects that highlight the factors that need to be in place to support strong, vibrant rural, regional and remote communities.

Mr Tony McBurney Director, integratedREGIONALdesign and Conference Chair says “Please don’t evict any more ‘old’ people from your town!” The next big thing is… the last big thing ageing as an opportunity.  The Baby Boomers have driven almost all markets in our economy for the last 60 years. Now that they are ‘aging’ they are too easily seen as the problem for small communities rather than the next great opportunity for regional development. It may be that the towns that best step up to meet the priorities of a ‘new aging’ are those that move forward most productively.

Keynote Speakers who will be attending include;

Dr David FlemingResearch Economist, CSIRO will be speaking on ‘What explains differences in regional development across the country?

Mr Sean Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council will speak on ‘Economic Development in Aboriginal Communities’.

Nicky Ison, Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney and Jarra Hicks, PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales are co-founders of Community Power Agency which helps to grow a vibrant community energy sector in Australia and they also helped to found the Coalition for Community Energy, working to address the barriers to the development of a wider Australian community energy sector.  Together they have been instrumental in the development of community energy policy in NSW, Victoria and federally.

Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council (ALC) – which represents the major and national companies participating in the Australian freight logistics supply chain industry will be speaking on; Getting the Supply Chain Right’.

Discussing the ‘Sustainable Tourism Model’ will be Associate Professor Simon McArthur, Deputy Chair, Australian Regional Tourism Network.

Warwick Powell, founder and Chairman of Sister City Partners Ltd, a regional not-for-profit investment banking enterprise. He is also a Director of a number of companies in Australia and Hong Kong involved in investment banking, big data analytics, renewable energy and agribusiness services.

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

CLICK HERE to register your attendance at the 2016 conference.

To view the Book Of Abstracts CLICK HERE.

 

Catherine Crowden on Collaborative Area Management

Catherine Crowden on Regional Area Management

Catherine Crowden on Regional Area Management

Regional Area Management: We are pleased to announce Mrs Catherine Crowden, Project Officer, South West NRM as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Catherine Crowden will be speaking on ‘Who Fenced the Dogs Out? Collaborative Area Management: Working Together to Support the Grazing Industries of South West Queensland’ in the Regional environmental sustainability stream.

Regional Area Management: The Collaborative Area Management (CAM) project is a cost-efficient, pest exclusion and total grazing pressure management model developed by South West NRM, with funding support provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments. This innovative concept involves land managers working cooperatively to build and maintain an exclusion fence around a group of properties.

Through a collaborative approach that presents strong economies of scale, projects can be implemented with significantly less private and public investment. Following fence construction, land managers continue to work as a group to manage invasive pest animals inside the cluster. Outcomes of this project include a reduction in the environmental and economic impacts of pest animals and an improvement in livestock production and profitability. A decrease in predation allows land managers the choice to return to, or continue working in the sheep industry, a class of production closely correlated with the sustainability of rural townships. A decrease in total grazing pressure, through a reduction in pest animal numbers, enables land managers to implement pasture management practices resulting in improved pasture health.

Catherine Crowden is the Project Officer for the Collaborative Area Management Project through South West NRM where she has worked for the past two years. Catherine completed a Bachelor of Science in 2013 with Majors in Conservation and Wildlife Biology and Environmental Management through Murdoch University in Western Australia where she lived for seven years. Catherine is responsible for the on-ground monitoring and evaluation of the project, reporting to the QLD State Government and working closely with the land managers involved both inside and outside of the cluster groups.

Regional Area Management will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is the Regional Development Conference to be sure to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

Warwick Powell, Sister City Partners presents on Innovative Economic Institutions

Warwick Powell - photo

Warwick Powell, Founder and Chairman, Sister City Partners

Warwick Powell, Founder and Chairman, Sister City Partners will outline innovative economic institutions as a Keynote Speaker at the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

His presentation entitled “Moving beyond the Mendicant Economy Model: Innovating New Regional Economic Institutions and Architectures” proposes to frame the need for regional innovation against an analytics of ‘hollowing out’, in which regional Australia has for decades experienced a progressing dissipation of finance capital, energetic people and know-how.

The hollowing out of regional capital institutions over the past 35 years has exposed regional Australia increasingly to the vicissitudes of Government fiscal proclivities. This has created a development model that he has characterised as the ‘mendicant economy’. Powell proposes that this model is falling apart at the seams.

Warwick Powell is founder and chairman of Sister City Partners Ltd, a regional not-for-profit investment banking enterprise. He is a director of a number of companies in Australia and Hong Kong involved in investment banking, big data analytics, renewable energy and agribusiness services.

He is a recognised creative thinker in economic, social and enterprise development with 20 years’ experience in identifying and assessing social and economic impacts across a broad range of public policy propositions and development activities and initiatives. His expertise in this arena is reflected in being invited to deliver a complete 13-week course on ‘creativity, innovation and leadership in the 21st century’ for James Cook University’s MBA program.

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

Early bird closes on 25th July so be quick to receive a discounted rate.

The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

Addressing issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation it is an opportunity not to be missed.

Let’s get the supply chain right says Michael Kilgariff, Australian Logistics Council

Michael Kilgariff - photo

Mr Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) is the peak industry body for Australia’s freight and logistics industry, and the leader in the national debate on the steps needed to boost supply chain efficiency and safety. ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff as a Keynote Speaker at the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference will be speaking on; Getting the Supply Chain Right’.

The ALC represents the major and national companies participating in the Australian freight logistics supply chain industry.

National Freight Task

Mr Kilgariff will discuss the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which is needed to underpin future actions and reforms across the logistics industry.  Another priority area is the roll-out of the Inland Rail Project. Connecting Brisbane and Melbourne, critical to many regional areas throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, Michael will discuss how investments in key ‘last mile’ road projects, particularly  in regional Australia, are critical to boosting economic growth and employment across our regions.

Michael is a strong advocate for more productive supply chains which he argues are critical to meeting a national freight task which is expected to increase significantly over the coming decades. He holds a degree in Economics from the Australian National University, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ diploma and advanced diploma courses.

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

Early bird closes on 25th July so be quick to receive a discounted rate.

The conference explores opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

Addressing issues such as sustainable development, environmental sustainability, land use, community development, investment, agribusiness and innovation it is an opportunity not to be missed.