Dr Kate Auty discusses Community Energy

Dr Kate Auty discusses Community Energy

Dr Kate Auty discusses Community Energy

Community Energy: We are pleased to announce Dr Kate Auty, Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.

Dr Kate Auty will be speaking on ‘Community Energy’ in the Regional environmental sustainability stream.

There is a growing movement across regional areas to promote a discussion about and also install community energy projects.  We have just seen leadership in the ACT with the Territory government committing to a target of 100% renewable by 2020, moving the target date forward.

The Victorian experience in relation to community energy is informative.

Daylesford began the conversation about two community owned wind turbines, engaged in a massive amount of community discussion, forged a new way of funding the proposal, built constructive relationships with government, and then built the turbines.  That community owns its turbines and produces its own energy.

Newstead in central Victoria has been forging ahead with a conversation about becoming 100% renewable.

Yackandandah and Seymour and Euroa are all working on ways to promote the turn to renewable energy and Dr Kate Auty explores the elements of a successful campaign.

Dr Kate Auty is the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. Her qualifications include law, history and environmental science. She holds a PhD in law and legal studies and continues as a barrister. Kate has held appointments as a magistrate and coroner (Victoria and Western Australia). She has also held appointments as a WA mining warden and industrial magistrate. Kate was instrumental in establishing Aboriginal sentencing courts in both Victoria and Western Australia.

Subsequent to those appointments she was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability from 2009-2014 and she continues as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with University of Melbourne through to 2017. Current boards and advisory roles include the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (Chair), AURIN and MDBA ACSEES (member).  Kate is presently a City of Melbourne Ambassador in the development of the Future Melbourne Plan 2026 with a portfolio responsibility in climate change.

In accepting the ACT Commissioner role Kate relinquished advisory roles with La Trobe University in sustainable society, water and agriculture research, and she also stepped down as the chair of the advisory board to NeCTAR.

Community Energy will be discussed at 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.

To view the Conference Program CLICK HERE. With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is a Conference opportunity not to be missed. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks and Renewable Energy Opportunities for Regional Australia

Nicky Ison

Ms Nicky Ison, Community Renewable Energy

The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference Participation and Progress in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 will include a presentation from Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks on “Community Renewable Energy: Maximising the opportunities for regional Australia”.

Australia is in the midst of an energy transition: a shift from centralised fossil-fuels to decentralised renewable energy.  Australia has some of the best renewable energy resources in the world and if we are smart this can become part of our nations’ prosperity and sustainability. Many of our best renewable resources are located in regional Australia and as such represent a huge opportunity for regional communities to participate in and benefit from this transition. In their address, Jarra and Nicky will outline the economic, technical, social and policy drivers behind the rapid growth in renewable energy.

While there is no doubt that this clean energy transition will lead to more jobs for regional Australia, there are certain strategies and policies that can be put in place to maximise the benefits to regional economies and communities. Jarra and Nicky will talk through the specific opportunities of community energy and community-developer partnerships, highlighting case-studies such as Repower Shoalhaven, Denmark Community Windfarm and the Sapphire Wind Farm and outline how regional communities are leading the transition to clean energy.

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Ms Jarra Hicks, Community Power Agency

In 2011, Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks formed Community Power Agency to help grow a vibrant community energy sector in Australia.  Through Community Power Agency, they have worked with and visited over 50 community energy projects and organisations in Australia, Europe and North America.  Nicky and Jarra also help found the Coalition for Community Energy, which is 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.

 

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.

 

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.”

Read More from South Australia Read More  Posted Mon 21 Oct 2013

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: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

 

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