AgTech, Defining Farming’s Future

The 4th Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort from Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 September 2017.  Mr Mark Bennett, Head of Agribusiness at ANZ will be attending this year’s Conference, presenting “AgTech, defining farming’s future”. AgTech and big data benefits are making headlines, but what …

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Creativity and Planning Go Hand-in-Hand To Deliver Sustainable Projects

With local services declining and Government funding decreasing, it’s increasingly important, but equally challenging for rural communities to think outside the box to survive and thrive. For a project to be successful and sustainable, it takes research, planning, team work and flexibility. And to ensure longevity, it also requires some …

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Victorian Regional Cities Launch Bid To Host 2030 Commonwealth Games

A group of 11 Victorian regional cities and towns is preparing a bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2030. The Greater Shepparton City Council is leading the pioneering bid, which would see the events shared between several Victorian regional centres including Shepparton, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Mildura, Wodonga and Warrnambool – but not …

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Migrants Powering Australian Regional Hubs Forward

Rather than being an unsettling force, international migrants are helping to provide stability to the regional Australian communities they settle in. A considerable number of new arrivals are also younger and have the potential to build families and work in these communities. Research with the Regional Australia Institute, examining the latest 2016 Census data, …

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NSW Regional Alliance Takes Centre Stage

A healthcare partnership that aligns clinicians and researchers across the Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid-North Coast districts of NSW has been accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as one of Australia’s first Centres for Innovation in Regional Health. The prestigious nomination, announced today by …

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2017 Australian Regional Development Conference Program Launched

The official program of the 2017 Australian Regional Development Conference has been launched. Revealing an impressive line-up of speakers and presenters, this year’s Conference is yet another exceptional event for participants and industry professionals. A must-attend event on the regional investment, growth and strategic development calendar, the Australian Regional Development Conference facilitates …

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Constant Visitor Growth to Regional Australia Leads to Further Investment

Growth in the number of international visitors travelling to regional Australia is welcome, according to the accommodation industry. However, the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) said there is still scope for further improvement in the accommodation market in specific, non-metropolitan areas. “The latest figures from the International Visitor Survey underline …

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Clever Regions, Clever Australia – Enhancing the Role of Regional Universities

Dr Caroline Perkins, Executive Director, Regional Universities Network The Australian economy is moving from a heavy reliance on mining and manufacturing to a new era in which skills, knowledge and ideas will become our most precious commodities. The jobs and industries of the future will need highly skilled university graduates …

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Rural Recruitment Agency Says Livestock Jobs More Popular Than Ever

The head of a rural employment agency says the demand for jobs in the livestock industry has increased dramatically, and is the busiest he has ever seen it. According to Dugald Storie from Bush Recruitment, the increase is partly due to high cattle prices, as many stations are expanding and …

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Update: Should Regional Australia Absorb our Population Growth?

On 06th September 2016 I had the honour of presenting at the Regional Development Conference in Canberra on behalf of Sustainable Population Australia on the topic ‘Should Regional Australia Absorb our Population Growth?’ My presentation covered many factors in which would make implementation of regional development difficult, e.g. that growth may be …

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