Innovative regions identified in new Regional Australia Institute research

gippsland regionThere is no Victorian city is among the nation’s top 10 innovative regions.

The new list was published today by the Regional Australia Institute and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

The institute included business start-ups, research and the number of patents applied for in a municipality to rate the region’s innovation.

In Victoria, Indigo Shire came off best and West Wimmera Shire came off worst.

Indigo does well in the ranking with “presence of research organisations” with a national ranking of 14 and even has a few patents applied for.

West Wimmera has no patents and few business start-ups although the Edenhope-based council scored well in the natural resources section with the national ranking of 14 for agriculture.

The Gippsland region scored a four for its natural resources.

In the top 10 across the state were Surf Coast and Queenscliff for being in the top 10 innovative “connected lifestyle areas”.

The report is intended to move the “understanding of innovation beyond the traditional view of research and development”.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s regional and rural affairs strategist Lauren Andrews said the bank’s experience with regional people was that they had a strong track record of solving problems and finding new and better ways to do things.

The report has produced an interactive map to check the rankings of individual municipalities. To read more click here.

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.

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.

State Government to fund feasibility study of Wimmera Mallee pipeline expansion

regional vicThe Victorian Government will fund an almost million-dollar feasibility study into expanding a water pipeline in the state’s west.

Premier Daniel Andrews is on a two-day tour of drought-affected communities around Horsham and Ararat.

The study will examine expanding the Wimmera Mallee pipeline network to cover an area of more than 300,000 hectares, as well as replacing the open channel between Rocklands Reservoir and Taylor’s Lake with pipeline.

“These are proud communities. A lot of people are doing tough and every Victorian stands with these local areas, farmers, families, those who need our support perhaps now more than ever,” Mr Andrews said.

Ironically though some rain has fallen in the region overnight, but Mr Andrews said it was not enough.

“Whilst 4 or 5 millimetres of rain overnight is welcome, all of us, particularly in Melbourne, need to know and understand that you would need a prolonged period of rain fall indeed above average rainfall to make up for the exceptionally dry conditions,” he said.

Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the pipeline could save a large amount of water.

“We’ll also look at a pipeline between Rocklands and Lake Taylor and that has potential to save around 2,000 megalitres of water a year,” she said. To read more click here.

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Victoria shifts focus to regional areas with new tourism push as a 3 year plan

victorian countrysideVictoria has launched a $3m push to convince tourists to “Wander Victoria” in a campaign that focuses on the state’s 11 regions and aims to draw Melburnians and state-border dwellers to some of its undiscovered wonders.

The campaign, created by Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, has been three years in the making and plays to a state government plan to get locals to make the most of their own state and to get tens of thousands of new Victorian residents each year to spend more on the local tourism economy.

At the same time the campaign launch has be used as an opportunity to promote the new rebranded tourism body Visit Victoria, announced by the Victorian Government last year.

Clemenger’s campaign features a group of friends finishing lunch at a vineyard, with one of the group announcing “I think I’ll walk”.

In a rare move, rather than the state tourism marketing body taking full control of the campaign, all 11 of Victoria’s regional tourism bodies were engaged in the creation of the campaign to allow their unique needs to be heard and to also avoid the common criticism in tourism marketing at all levels that some had been left out – a particular challenge that Tourism Australia often faces. To view the article and campaign details click here.

Victoria’s regional employment strongest in Australia

Victoria’s regional employment strongest in Australia  Thursday, 19 September 2013 Employment in regional Victoria continued to grow over the three months to August, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

Victoria’s regional employment

Treasurer Michael O’Brien said.  “Regional Victoria’s unemployment rate of 5.4 per cent over the three months to August 2013 is the lowest of all the states,” Mr O’Brien said.  “Today’s figures compare favourably to the Australian regional average of 6 per cent and are significantly stronger than the rate of 6.3 per cent when Labor left office in November 2010.”

“Victoria is the only state where regional jobs increased, and we have the lowest regional unemployment rate in the nation,” Mr O’Brien said.

In the three months to August 2013, employment in regional Victoria increased by 9,600 persons (1.3 per cent) compared to the three months to May 2013.

“These 9,600 new jobs in regional Victoria have been supported by the Victorian Coalition Government’s economic strategy of building for growth, careful management of the state’s finances and record infrastructure investment.

“There are now 38,000 more people employed in regional Victoria than when Labor left office,” Mr O’Brien said.

Over the year, the increase in employment was largely driven by the Central Highlands-Wimmera region and the Goulburn-Ovens-Murray region.

Regional Victoria's strong employment

Regional Victoria’s strong employment

“The Coalition Government’s economic strategy is to build for growth and create jobs,” Mr O’Brien said.  “We are continuing to deliver infrastructure in our regional cities and towns through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“The former Labor Government left a regional unemployment rate of 6.3 per cent. While the Coalition Government is encouraging new jobs, Labor is opposing job-creating projects such as the East West Link,” Mr O’Brien said.

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Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Regional Employment and job creation. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

Call for papers – do you want to speak on regional employment?

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.

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RDA Conference15-16 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

 

Regional Development Australia – what will happen to the proposed Geelong infrastructure projects

Regional development infrastructure projects scheduled for Geelong are in doubt

GEELONG leaders will lobby that key infrastructure projects promised funding by the former government be honoured by the incoming Coalition.

The proposed $12 million Geelong Centre for Infectious Diseases, a major pipeline for an agricultural precinct in Lethbridge and a Torquay children’s centre are among initiatives that were to receive backing under Labor’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

The Coalition has vowed to dismantle the Regional Development Australia Fund and has said projects that were not under contract would be re-assessed, placing the viability of the projects in doubt.

G21 and the region’s mayors yesterday said they would be advocating strongly for the projects – which were believed for up to three months to be going ahead – to get Coalition support.

Geelong acting Mayor Bruce Harwood was pleased by the commitments in Geelong’s south, but said the northern part of the city had fared “very, very poorly” in election promises.

“It appears the Coalition has a financial stringency plan and intends to stick to it – we’ll see what they bring to the region.”

Golden Plains Mayor Jenny Blake was among the leaders to congratulate the Liberals’ Sarah Henderson on her victory in Corangamite, while thanking outgoing Labor MP Darren Cheeseman. “Darren Cheeseman

Shane Fowles   |  September 9th, 2013, The Geelong Advertiser Read More Carry on call to Coalition on projects

Collaboration between the three levels of government will be a key focus of the The Australian Regional Development Conference

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will also feature presentation on regional infrastructure. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

Call for papers  is now open.

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.

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