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Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Albury NSW on the 15th – 16th October 2014 with optional workshops on the 17th.

Australia’s sustainability and future are reliant on the development of regional areas. Some regional areas are flourishing and others are struggling. Through innovation, collaboration and sharing there has been progress in many regional communities. This conference “where to from here” will provide equal focus to the advancement of economic and social outcomes for regional Australia.

Economic, Planning, Environment and Community Development 

The Australian Regional Development Conference will focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development. The aim of the conference is to advance economic and social outcomes for regional Australia. The conference program provides the opportunity to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of regional Australia.

The conference will address

  • Economic development opportunities for business and job creation
  • Social inclusion issues of unemployment; education completion rates, health delivery and community development
  • Planning and building challenges of land use application, refurbishment and renewal in a regional setting
  • Sustainability and liveable communities principles
  • How to meet the challenging in uncertain times; climate change, population shifts, natural disasters, droughts, mining boom and agriculture adjustments
  • Infrastructure challenges for freight to distribute products from regional Australia to urban and overseas export markets


  • Renewable energy and energy supply
  • Natural resource management including water management
  • Planning and Building with focus on small inland town, regional cities and coastal developments
  • Social and recreation developments – cultural, sporting, historic precincts and services
  • Economic development of major regional industries including agriculture, mining and tourism
  • Community Service Delivery with a focus on health, housing affordability/access and special attention to aged care services
  • Employment –  job creation, skilled migration and unemployment
  • Education and Training – regional universities and vocational training
  • Government – policy, funding and evaluation
  • Infrastructure and Transport stream – Road Freight, Rail, shipping and ports, regional airports/airlines, passengers services,
  • Digital – broadband technology, co-location of services

Find out more about the Australian Regional Development Conference:
Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068
Fax: (61 7) 5527 3298
E: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au

RDA Orana – How to grow Wellington

RDA Orana recently brought together key stakeholders across government, education and training, business and industry to develop a shared, comprehensive regional workforce planning and development strategy. Agriculture is the key driver in the future of Wellington says a report by Regional Development Australia Orana which has been released today.

RDA Orana Chief Executive Felicity Taylor-Edwards said the wide ranging report is the first of its type produced in the western region.

“It will give the region a kind of state of play about where the future economic opportunities lie,” she said.

“It gives evidence of what kinds of skills our local government areas need to move forward and also what the future labour needs are.”


Felicity Taylor-Edwards, CEO, RDA Orana

Felicity Taylor-Edwards, CEO, RDA Orana

Mrs Edwards says with the assistance of the Western Regional Institute the analysis showcased agriculture as one of the keys to boosting Wellington’s economy which recent figures showed produces more than $80million.

The report also said the food and beverage and tourism and hospitality industries were strong opportunities for the Wellington economy.

The 200 page report covers a region from Mudgee and Gulgong to Bourke, Walgett and Brewarrina.

The MPs involved in the fund distribution of the remaining $16 million are urging the business community to be part of the big picture debate on how the money will be distributed.

Dunedoo began the round of community engagement over that fund, the chairman, Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, told the Times Wellington will have a meeting where business leaders and the community will be able to discuss projects.

Infrastructure NSW have said the money distributed to local government areas would have to inject money into the economy and produce new employment prospects for the region.

Read More Wellington Times, Farren Hotham, Oc

Regional Development Australia – its future role

Regional Development Australia is seeking answers from the incoming federal government about what role it will continue to play in delivering on commitments for regional infrastructure.

The Coalition announced prior to the election it would replace the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF), leaving $150 million worth of recent projects in limbo.

The RDAF was the Labor government’s answer to the Regional Solutions program it scrapped in 2008, along with the Area Consultative Committees.

Now the incoming government wants to replace it with a new $1 billion National Stronger Regions Program, but there are concerns regional communities will miss out on critical new infrastructure announced before the election.

RDA executive officer for Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, Sonja Johnson, says it’s important the incoming government honours those commitments.

“It’s $5 million for Far North Queensland, so I’m very keen to ensure that we don’t lose that money.”

“The difference in the model essentially will be that the National Stronger Regions Fund is a local funding pool similar to the old Area Consultative Committee model, which means that money will be available for the community to do infrastructure here locally rather than it be a transparent, merit based, national process.

Regional Development Australia

Federal LNP Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has been a vocal critic of the RDAF and is looking forward to scrapping a program he says has been cumbersome and politicised.

“We are going to look at a program that actually will be funded, not on something that may or may not get money into the future, and I suspect the administration of this and working with the communities will actually create significantly more job opportunities.”

Read More  ABC Rural, Coalition back to the future on regional solutions

The future of regional Australia will be the key focus of the Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, Albury

Australian Regional Development Conference

The conference theme is “Where to from here?” and will cover the broad areas of regional development, economic, planning, environment and community.

The conference will focus on the following themes: Environment/Sustainability; Planning/Building; Community Development; Economic Development; Infrastructure; Employment/Education; and Health Services.

Would you like to speak at the 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.

To submit an Abstract for this conference please click on this link conference website or go to http://regionaldevelopment.org.au/

Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC)
15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
Email: education@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au
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Creating Energy Hubs – Environment and Sustainable regional development

Creating energy hubs for environment and sustainable economic development is the focus of a new report on Latrobe Valley ‘s economic future

A long-awaited report on the Latrobe Valley’s economic future says the entire Gippsland economy will suffer without major investment in rail.

La Trobe Valley Map

La Trobe Valley Map

The RMIT report was released on Friday and says there needs to be greater accountability for who is responsible for revitalising the Latrobe Valley’s economy.

One of the reports authors, professor Peter Fairbrother, says a way to do that is to establish a regional economic development commission.

He says current governance is too ad hoc and fragmented and a commission could could for and ensure better planning of Gippsland’s rail and energy needs.

“There should be a concerted effort to develop Gippsland as an energy hub, looking at coal, looking at renewable [energy], looking at the biomass-type facilities that can also produce energy but can also use waste, we’re arguing, and we’re arguing in the report for an integrated approach to that”

Full story click here ABC News Posted Fri 2 Aug 2013, 11:59am AEST

The creation of energy hubs, renewable energy and bio-mass hubs  will be discussed at the upcoming Australian Regional Development Conference 2014.

Call for papers on environmental and sustainability issues

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.

Please indicate that your submission will be in Environment and Sustainability stream  

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. 

Australian Regional Development Conference 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au