Community Economic Development: small town revitalisation

Community Economic Development in rural Australia is vital for revitalising small towns. What are the key factors in revitalising rural and small town communities?

Community Engagement
Community Engagement

 

 

The following  “ingredients” have been identified by the Centre for Small Town Development :

 

  • Passionate local people
  • Positive Community Mind-Set
  • A “Can Do” self-reliant spirit
  • A shared community vision of the future
  • A willingness to seek smarter ways, experiment, make changes
  • Opportunity and obsession
  • Recognition of healthy and sustainable community behaviours
  • Local leadership or champions
  • A focus on youth development
  • Promotion of women in leadership roles.
  • Evidence of community pride and confidence
  • Recognition of the importance of local business
  • A practical development agenda
  • A local based focus and structure
  • A clear and unique marketable identity
  • Forging of partnerships with neighbouring communities
  • Local education opportunities
  • Presence of a positive local newspaper
  • A local government council that provides
  • Leadership and vision, and is a “facilitator” rather than “regulator”

The Australian Regional Development Conference theme is “Where to from here?” and will cover the broad areas of regional development: economic; planning; environment and community.

This year’s conference will focus around the following themes: Natural Resource Management; Planning and Building; Social and Recreation; Economic Development; Community Development; Employment; Education and Training; Policy; Infrastructure; Digital and IT and Open Category.

Challenges in revitalising rural and regional communities will be addressed at this conference.

Call for papers – would you like to speak on rural and regional revitalisations and community economic development?

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

 

 

Peri-Urban: rural towns and planning strategy

Rural towns next in the sights of planning strategy   Care needs to be taken when looking to peri-urban areas for sustaining growth.

Rural towns. Towns like Ballan, Broadford, Kilmore and Wonthaggi have been targeted in the new metro plan for accelerated growth.

Communities in Melbourne’s peri-urban area have awoken to find that the state government sees them as part of the answer to accommodating the city’s burgeoning population.

Peri-urban areas are that conflicting mix of agriculture, forests, quaint rural towns, low-density sprawl and, recently, bushfire-prone areas, fanning out for about 100 kilometres from Melbourne. They are already facing issues such as biosecurity, loss of agricultural land and tourism proposals.

Towns like Ballan, Broadford, Kilmore and Wonthaggi have been targeted in the new metro plan for accelerated growth. It has led to substantial new residential development. However, it’s nothing like the increase in the numbers of new residents in the Melbourne growth corridors. But times are changing.

Listing towns for consideration for accelerated development and designating regional cities such as Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong to accommodate more growth is now firmly on the agenda. This is a far better approach than the predecessor Melbourne 2030, which raised expectations with vague references to the role of regional cities and their transport corridors.

Local councils will be concerned at their and the state government’s capacity to keep up with the demands for new facilities and services in the peri-urban. Communities will be looking for local jobs to accompany the growth.

Melbourne relies on its peri-urban area for much of its fresh food.

The peri-urban areas also play critical roles for water supply. And of course these areas have proven to be some of the most vulnerable in terms of bushfires. There will be many questioning development in these places if there is a prospect of greater loss of life from wildfire.

The peri-urban has been largely overshadowed by the growth of metropolitan areas for years. But it appears its time has come. Its future, and that of the next generation of residents, is in the balance.

Trevor Budge

Trevor Budge AO

Trevor Budge AM

Trevor Budge is an associate professor and heads the community planning and development program at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus. He is a former president of the Victorian division of the Planning Institute of Australia.

 

 

Read more: The Age, October 11, 2013, Trevor Budge

Trevor Budge will be a keynote speaker at the Regional Development  Conference. 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

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

Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury

We invite you to join us at the Australian Regional Development Conference, 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury. The Conference will be hosted in the twin-cities of Albury-Wodonga, Victoria and New South Wales’ top entry for liveable cities.

The Association for Sustainability in Business has for many years held events focusing on sustainability, liveable cities and urban design principles. The Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC) was initiated from our member interest in regional development.

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.

The Regional Development Innovation Awards will be presented at the conference, they aim to recognise and showcase innovation in regional communities. The Awards provide excellent opportunities for networking and recognition. The 2014 Award categories include the following: Economic Development; Planning & Building; Environment & Sustainability; Community Development. The nomination form is on the conference website.

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.

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. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract submission.

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