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Barooga, New South Wales, 20–22 August 2019 2019

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session 1 - Forming Dynamic and Vibrant Healthy Communities: growing and sustaining regional Australia

Tuesday 20 August 2019

The well-being of people in rural, regional and remote communities is closely aligned with cohesive and engaged communities. This well-being is influenced by the many social, economic and environmental factors occurring in specific communities. This session at SEGRA will look at the unique approach undertaken by the rural city of Murray Bridge and the programs and projects they have implement internally to change the way they do business in their community. The second paper will look at the way in which the Caboolture Hub has enable engagement and cohesion for a variety of community stakeholders. It will explore the roles of design and delivery of social infrastructure. The next paper will look at how to provide health services that meet the needs of people with life-limiting diseases in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Presentations

Facilitator: Cassandra Hughes, Regional Manager, St John Ambulance, Great Southern & SEGRA National Steering Committee

Concurrent Session 2 - Technology Embraced

Tuesday 20 August 2019

We are living through a time of unprecedented technological growth which shows no signs of slowing down. However technological transformation also requires application of a new technology to your business by providing either better products or services to achieve savings through reduction of costs or generation of efficiencies. It is also important to remember that business is not just about technology it is also about operations and customer relationship. The papers in this session at SEGRA will highlight a number of case studies that have successfully created value for their community and or businesses through the application of technology.

Presentations

Facilitator: Rod Macdonald, Co-Founder, Community Broadband Networks & SEGRA National Steering Committee

Concurrent Session 3 - Integrated Lifelong Learning and Employment in the Regions

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Lifelong learning is about creating ‘a society of individuals who are motivated to continue learning throughout their lives – both formally and informally’. (OECD) Lifelong learning is increasingly important for people to adapt to change and build the skills and knowledge they need to respond to the rapidly changing employment requirements of the knowledge economy.

However, there are big challenges in terms of equity particularly where an individual’s motivation or ability to learn is impacted by social, cultural or economic circumstances. For example, workers in low skilled jobs receive fewer opportunities and less employer support for participation in training than workers in high skilled jobs. There is also compounding disadvantage for those currently not in the workforce. This session at SEGRA will explore four different approaches to embedding lifelong learning in their regions with a view to increasing employment capacities and meet employment gaps.

Presentations

Facilitator: Dr Jen Cleary, Chief Executive Officer, Centacare Catholic Country SA & SEGRA National Steering Committee

Concurrent Session 4 - Regional Economic Development: policy and practice

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Regional development is the ability of a region to produce with a (comparative or absolute) advantage, the goods and services demanded by the national and international economic system to which it belongs. However, this definition says little about how to achieve economic development. This latter task, often described as an art as well as a science, is a complex process created from a successful fusion of entrepreneurship, education and skills of the community, driven largely by market forces but also the social capacity of the region. A favourable business environment and a supportive regulatory framework are also important conditions of economic growth and development. This session will look at identifying opportunity, applying for funding, smart specialisation and implementing policies and projects that deliver jobs and growth.

Presentations

Facilitator: Jane Lewis, Principal, Redit Research

Concurrent Session 5 - Advocating for your Region

Tuesday 20 August 2019

There is an increasing expectation that regions will contribute at least 50% of the investment required in any project. This requires regions to actively promote their place and advocate to investors. How to advocate for your region and the people who live, work and invest there is becoming a critical skill. Ensuring all voices are heard and acknowledged, identifying and maximising synergies, applying design thinking to develop the best investible project, creating strong community buy-in are all necessary to implement innovative locally developed solutions. This session provides a number of firsthand case studies of regions who have successfully developed advocacy strategies in their own regions.

Presentations

Facilitator: Simon Boughey, Consultant, Boughey and Associates & SEGRA National Steering Committee

Concurrent Session 6 - Local Solutions to Regional Development

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Regional economic development is not the preserve of any single actor organisation or institution. It is a collaborative endeavour or co-responsibility necessitating the input of myriad different actors. Regional economic development is informed by factors specific to particular places such as locational attributes, demographic profile industrial structure cultural characteristics and innovative capacities.

This session will throw light on the diverse roles and engagement of councils in the leadership, organisation, delivery and promotion of local and regional economic development in regional Australia. Topics include: Land use planning; Supporting business, collaboration /networking; lobbying and promotion; strategies and plans, business case development and attracting investment.

Presentations

Facilitator: Rod Macdonald, Co-Founder, Community Broadband Networks & SEGRA National Steering Committee

Concurrent Session 7 - Implementing Best Practice Landscape Scale Planning and Management

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Landscape scale planning and management is a holistic approach to sustainable development concerned with biodiversity and local economies, agriculture, eco-tourism, geodiversity and the health and social benefits of the environment and society.

This session will have a very practical focus looking at the elements of quality strategic planning at the landscape scale. Topics include local business and community engagement; achieving coherence at local state and federal government levels; providing adequate budgetary commitments for staff resources and other costs; governance arrangement including clearly defined outcomes and lead responsibility identified; and evidence of clear implementation plans.

Presentations

Facilitator: Cassandra Hughes, Regional Manager, St John Ambulance, Great Southern & SEGRA National Steering Committee

Concurrent Session 8 - Tourism and Geotourism

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Tourism is a significant contributor to Australia’s economy - for example in the Murray Darling Basin region of Australia $9 billion is generated by tourists compared to $15 billion generated by primary production. Regional areas have much to offer visitors in terms of amenity and landscapes.

Topics include:

Presentations

Facilitator: Angus M Robinson, Managing Director, Leisure Solutions®

Concurrent Session 9 - Best Practice Sustainability

Wednesday 21 August 2019

SEGRA has always advocated for sustainability as a critical aspect of regional economic growth. We are proud of the work that we have done in areas of climate change adaptation, safe and secure domestic water in regional, rural and remote Australia, promoting holistic approaches to the Murray Darling river system, and debating population policy to name a few. This session will look at a number of different sustainability challenges and possible responses across a multiple disciplines.

Presentations

Facilitator: Ashley Bland, Managing Director, Constructive Energy & SEGRA National Steering Committee

Concurrent Session 10 - Infrastructure Planning

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Affordable, well maintained, innovative and competitive energy, telecommunications, water and transport services are all critical to economic development. Many industries in the new economy in fact depend on a well-developed and maintained power grid and internet.

The quality of infrastructure in regional Australia is generally good but some areas lag behind. Some road networks are unable to support productive freight vehicles. Mobile coverage is patchy and there are fewer service providers. Drinking water does not always meet accepted standards. (Australian Infrastructure Plan February 2016)

States and territories need to actively develop long-term infrastructure plans and coordinate public and private investments to support fast-growing regional hubs to be as productive as possible.

This session will reflect on a range of infrastructure issues and potential ways to move forward in this new collaborative landscape.

Presentations

Facilitator: Simon Boughey, Consultant, Boughey and Associates & SEGRA National Steering Committee

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