The 4th Australian Regional Development Conference will be held at Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort from Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 September 2017. 

Mr Craig Milburn, Director of Finance Corporate and Community Services at Shoalhaven City Council will be at this year’s Conference, discussing “Managing change from the board to the community”.

Craig Milburn

This presentation would cover two areas of change – the role of the Shoalhaven Tourism Advisory Group (STAG) and the approvals of events. The STAG are the primary industry advisory group to the Council on tourism matters. Over the past 4 years the group has undergone significant change from small things like a name change to major changes to the terms of reference.

The interaction of the STAG to the Council staff has also been presented with challenges over this time as the staffing has moved from an under resourced area to a well-resourced highly skilled unit that is now able to undertake many of the roles the previous advisory body did.

So what does STAG now do after being successful in developing the resources the Council has committed to this area?

In addition to this, the Council has changed its LEP to allow events conducted on council land that use to require a development application (DA) to now be simply assessed under an events process and not requiring a DA. The presentation would cover the issues faced, the steps taken by staff to make this transition across groups in the organisation and how the community has responded.

The 2017 Australian Regional Development Conference will focus on issues surrounding the Economy, Planning, Environment and Community Development while considering the “State of the Regions Report” which called for support of regional economic development through diverse infrastructure investments determined by regional priorities in partnership with Local Government. 

Find out more about what’s on for this year here.