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SEGRA 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

Background

SEGRA, is Australia’s premier conference on regional issues. It is recognised as Australia’s most credible independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia. Its strategic goal is to assist regional, rural and remote Australia to source and identify the knowledge, techniques and skills regions require to achieve successful economic growth and development.

SEGRA is committed to ensuring that regional Australia is fully considered as part of the framing the national agenda.

The SEGRA conference, established in 1997, provides a unique opportunity for all sections of the Australian community, rural and urban, to explore the key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and be part of providing positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity.

SEGRA has lead the way in being cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary, bringing together practitioners, policy makers, researchers, business, community and the not for profit sector.
SEGRA is a practice community of over 8000 people representing economic, community and sustainability practitioners, all levels of government, researchers, elected representatives and business.

As such it is the upholder of extraordinary collective expertise across regional, rural and remote Australia and is widely respected by governments, universities and regional development practitioners.

SEGRA is unique in that it is grass roots, practitioner driven. It has particular expertise in the area of implementation of government policy projects.

The SEGRA Advantage

SEGRA is based on the following principles:

  • People in regional Australia have know-how, ideas and innovations – SEGRA reflects what is happening on the ground in regional Australia.
  • Regions are systems – environmentally, socially, economically and politically, regional solutions must be interrelated and interconnected across all these spheres.
  • Good policy is derived from research and evidence as well as the knowledge, expertise and professional judgments of practitioners. Proposed policy actions will draw on the wide range of advice from researchers and practitioners shaped by professional input from policy experts.
  • The historically strong participation of practitioners, government, business, researchers, regional development organisations, not for profit groups and regional communities in regional development within the SEGRA network ensures 3600 representation in all aspects of discussion and solutions.

Goals of SEGRA

SEGRA acts to provide end to end value to regional Australia using a systems approach to:

  1. Raise the profile of regions as essential parts of Australia’s national outlook.
  2. Empower regions to be responsible for their own destinies.
  3. Identify ideas, regional issues and opportunities
  4. Influence policy by encouraging evidence based responses and supporting practice-based research and projects.
  5. Promote regional connectivity
  6. Sound organisational operation

Goal 1: Raise the profile of regions as essential parts of Australia’s national outlook.

Strategies:

  1. Hold an annual conference, symposiums, forums and web-based discussions.
  2. To develop and maintain links with elected officials at Federal , State and local level and with regional bodies.
  3. Retain links with the wide range of federal and state government departments and local government regarding government programs and auspiced projects

Goal 2: Empower regions to be responsible for their own destinies.

Strategies:

  1. Build knowledge and skills and promote ideas and innovations
  2. Provide cutting edge professional development and training in regional Australia.

Goal 3: Identify ideas, regional issues and opportunities

Strategy:

  1. Identifying choices and presenting effective options and action strategies to retain SEGRA’s recognition as the leading voice in issues affecting regional Australia

Goal 4: Influence policy by encouraging evidence based responses and supporting practice-based research and projects.

Strategies:

  1. To actively seek strategies to connect national policy agendas, place based practice, and regional innovation networks into a joined up regional policy platform.
  2. Entering into co-research activities with Universities and private research based organisations

Goal 5: Promote regional connectivity

To connect people and build collaborative opportunities that promote and facilitate development of effective knowledge and skills in matters affecting regional Australia.

Strategies:

  1. Establish and maintain partnerships opportunities with like minded organisations that advance the interests of regional Australia through collaborative workshops, think tanks and research proposals.
  2. Develop e-networking capacity to promote best practice through interaction regardless of distance and remoteness.
  3. Constructed regional advantage and cluster development in fragmented regions.

Goal 6: Sound organisational operation

Strategies:

  1. Build SEGRA capacity to deliver against its values.
  2. Further develop good governance mechanisms for an ongoing sustainable SEGRA network.

Action focus:

  • To conduct an annual regional Film Festival at SEGRA
  • Release a comprehensive communiqué to identify big picture policy agenda issues and options for governance, administration, policy and planning.
  • Seek opportunities for NSC to speak at events, issues press releases.

Action Focus:

  • To conduct an annual Challenge through the SEGRA conference where SEGRA members can develop practical responses to regional issues and strategies through informal communities of practice. This will enable new ideas to be trialled in a number of regions across Australia and reported back at the following SEGRA LinkedIn, SEGRA website, a Blog site and newsletter SEGRA Walks the Talk that will allow open access to ideas as they develop.

Objective: to advance issues with strategic targeted actions around central concerns relating to: governance, sustainable technologies, economic development and community engagement in regional Australia.

Action focus:

  • Undertaking surveys of members of its own network that identify new and emerging issues.
  • Conduct cutting edge workshops at SEGRA and other forums throughout the year.
  • Report back to government on SEGRA each year.

SEGRA Leadership

  • SEGRA comprises a National Steering Committee (NSC) with honorary representatives from regional, rural and remote areas across Australia.
  • A local planning committee informs each national conference theme, program and action agendas.
  • Management Solutions (Qld) is responsible for obtaining funding and managing the business plan.
  • SEGRA is conducted on a full cost recovery model.

SEGRA National Steering Committee leadership commitment is to ensure SEGRA is:

  • An independent and credible voice on issues affecting regional Australia.
  • An inclusive, network based group – there are no prerequisites for participation.
  • Practice based and applied.
  • Encouraging and supporting of innovators and those at the cutting edge of sustaining a regional Australia.
  • An open learning environment – where everyone’s input is encouraged.
  • A disseminator of information and ideas.
  • Collaborative; sharing knowledge and skills in strategies that advance regional Australia.