Driving destinations in Australia:bringing back the great family road trip

Regions located near large Australian capital cities, who have natural or man-made points of interest have promoted themselves as driving destinations. So what makes a great driving destination. With the increase petrol prices and changing families structures how do you promote your region as a driving destination. Marketing the concept of  ‘bringing back the great …

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Queensland Plan: strengthening Queensland regional areas

One of the top 5 priorities for Queensland according to The Queensland Plan is strengthening Queensland regional areas. Minister responsible for The Queensland Plan is The Honourable Andrew Powell MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection. Creating a stronger sense of community cohesion and strengthening Queensland’s economy are the top two …

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Transport Hubs for Australia:

Transport Hubs for Australia, the intermodal issues for road, rail, ports and airports represents a challenge and opportunity for regional Australia. An intermodal logistics hub can be an economic asset for a regional community when they become a regional service centre. Parkes has a long-standing plan to become a transport hub for all of Australia. It’s on the Newell Highway …

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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 …

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Rural Awards: recognising contribution

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award recognises contribution to rural communities. NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson today congratulated NSW’s Isobel Knight, a succession planning specialist now living at Loomberah near Tamworth as a national runner-up in the award. The award celebrates her contribution to …

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Building resilient regional communities

What makes a resilient community?  Rural and Regional communities are incorporating resilience concepts into their management and planning. Building resilient communities has become the new catch cry – resilient communities depend on infrastructure and services such as adequate roads, telephone, health services and transport. They also need enthusiastic and motivated people, community organisations that …

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Regional Innovation: Did you know?

Australia’s inventions include: the black box flight recorder; the bionic ear; high speed WiFi; the Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine; the flu treatment drug Relenza; the pacemaker; the plastic disposable syringe: the dual-flush toilet; anti-counterfeiting technology for banknotes; and spray-on skin for burns victims (Read More about innovation) The Australian Regional Development Conference will showcase Regional …

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Community Engagement in Regional Communities

Community engagement can be difficult. Whether it is  information sharing, consultation or active participation in the decision making processes. Whether it is formal or informal community enagement. The aim is to improve the quality of decisions and for communities to understand the processes. For regional communities the geographic spread is a compounding factor in making community engagement …

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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     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 …

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Mining towns: what happens after the boom

What happens to towns and communities when mines close down. Australia has lots of old abandoned “ghost towns” that were once thriving mining towns.   The decline of mining towns has been addressed in a paper ” The shrinking mining city: urban dynamics and contested territory. ” Martinez-Fernandez C, Wu CT, Schatz LK, …

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