The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Canberra on 5-6 September 2016. The conference theme Regional Australia – Planning, Participation and Progress will explore opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. With its rich resources, diversity, and value, regional Australia is the catalyst for the future.

On Day 2 the conference will host a Regional Businesses Showcase Panel Discussion featuring the following panellists:

Ms Jane Homberger, Director, Skin Smart Australia.

The team of Dermatoscopists have been hand selected across a range of locations Australia-wide to deliver the highest quality of skin cancer assessment. Skin Smart use the latest in Dermatoscopy techniques to assess for skin cancer. They offer molemap consultations at our clinic. By utilising this technology any suspicious lesions can be effectively monitored for microscopic changes. With a strict focus on professional development and the latest industry best practice in this evolving area, you can be confident our team has the best available skills and knowledge on skin cancer detection, education and prevention.

Mr Tony Kalleske, Director, Kalleske Wines.

In South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. They are one of the region’s leading grape growing families consistently growing some of the Barossa’s best quality grapes. After six generations of growing grapes, winemaker and seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and made the first ‘Kalleske’ wine. The winery is situated on the family estate where traditional winemaking techniques ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine. The vineyard is managed by Troy’s and Tony’s parents, John and Lorraine, and brother, Kym. John has over forty years’ experience tending the vineyard. The 120 acre vineyard is planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Mataro, Petit Verdot, Durif, Viognier, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Vines vary in age with the oldest remaining vineyard dating back to 1875 and an overall average vine age of about 50 years. The vineyard is low yielding with grapes grown organically and bio dynamically and the winery is also certified biodynamic/organic. The Kalleske family are active practitioners of sustainable farming. They are caretakers of the land and not only want to maintain the environment but improve it for future generations.

Ms Dianna Somerville, Director, RTGC Group.

With a background in contracts, defence management and operation services Dianna began to notice there was a huge gap in people’s abilities to put documentation together. Especially in regional areas, where people had incredible abilities in their roles, but found applying for tenders, grants and contracts confusing and overwhelming. That’s how she started Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services. Bored of working from her farm’s remote home office she became the first client of Working Spaces HQ, a coworking space opened and run by a local entrepreneur Simone Eyles. Working in the coshared space has opened Dianna’s eyes to how innovative people in Wagga are. Her passion has made her determined to make the area a regional hub that fosters the growth of local entrepreneurs who will build solutions to regional, national and global problems. She wants to show the young people in her town and surrounding areas that they do not have to leave their homes to be part of the start-up scene. Dianna says the roll out of the NBN has helped to make it easier, and slowly people are beginning to recognise they can grow their businesses from a regional area.

Join the discussion and take part in the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference this September, for more information and to register visit the conference website

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