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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Introducing FRRR: Advocate and Supporter of Rural, Regional and Remote Communities

By 2050, Australia’s population will have grown to about 35 million. And the world’s population will be about 10 billion. That is a lot of mouths to feed! Thank goodness Australia’s farmers are so efficient. But they can’t operate in isolation. Farming businesses need strong, vibrant, rural communities. Towns where …

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Powering the Bush: Problems and Solutions in Rural Western Australia

Rising power costs and reliability issues are driving farms and rural businesses to find alternative energy solutions. The National Farmers Federation has found the cost of energy for some farmers has increased by 100 per cent in less than 10 years. In response, the lobby group has stepped up its …

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Could Regional NSW Become the Home of a Silicon Valley-Style Tech Boom?

The Californian technology hub of Silicon Valley and regional New South Wales may not have a lot in common, but it is hoped this will soon change with a probe into regional start-ups. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry has been launched to look into ways the State Government can …

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Elders Sells Live Export Business

The managers of Elders’ live export business, North Australian Cattle Company, have joined forces with Chinese outfit Zhoushan Fanda Australian Cattle Industrial to purchase the operation. Elders have just announced the completed divestment of its live export logistics business along with the expected acquisition of horticultural business Ace Ohlsson. The …

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WA Regional Roads to Receive $89m Safety Upgrade

The Western Australian State Government will invest $89 million towards regional roads, including the Bunbury Outer Ring Road. “This announcement includes a significant contribution to improving safety on regional roads where there are high instances of fatalities,” said WA Premier, Mark McGowan. “We will be working closely with regional communities to …

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