SEGRA is recognised as Australia’s most credible independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia. Take an active role in advancing regional, rural and remote Australia at SEGRA 2019 in Barooga, NSW from 20-22 August 2019.
SEGRA, now in its 23rd year, is committed to enabling regional, rural and remote Australia to source and identify the knowledge, techniques and skills regions require to achieve successful economic growth and development.
To submit a paper, please click here.
At SEGRA 2019, we will be asking some of the big questions around key issues facing regional Australia.
- What are the roles of government and business in regional development
- Where and how does regional Australia fit on the national agenda
- How best to fund development in regional Australia
- How can we enhance lifelong learning in the regions
- What are the benchmarks or thresholds for service delivery
- How to ensure dynamic, vibrant healthy economies and communities?
Forming dynamic and vibrant healthy communities: growing and sustaining regional Australia
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.
In this action agenda papers are being sought that identify projects and activities in their regions that track and promote well-being – for example: crime and safety; education; employment and income; health and social services; housing; leisure and culture; local food and other goods; natural environment; public open space; transport; and social cohesion and local democracy. Strategies for mitigation of risk and recovery after natural disasters are encouraged.
Integrated lifelong learning and employment in the regions
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 is seeking papers about locally developed education and training strategies that engage their communities in lifelong learning.
Delivering quality freight and logistics and distribution services and connectivity networks
Infrastructure is a key enabler of progress across regions. The right infrastructure can help regions capitalise on their comparative and competitive advantages, help people access work and other community services, and facilitate the movement of freight between locations. Infrastructure is also important in providing the basic services and utilities that Australians require to maintain and enhance their standard of living.
Papers are particularly sought in key infrastructure innovations affecting regional Australia including; transport, energy, communications and water and leveraging long term private investment in catalyst infrastructure.
Implementing best practice landscape scale planning and management
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.
Delivering place-based regional development
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.
Regional Australia and the national agenda
Regions at the Ready: invest in Australia’s future identified four discernible categories for Federal Government investment in regional Australia:
- Investments that maintain the status quo;
- Catalytic investment that attract further investment;
- Investment in capacity building of rural communities – education, training and leadership; and
- Investment in human capital including the employment of people to design and deliver services in rural communities.
Two critical commonwealth programs are the City Deals program and the Regional Development Australia network.
Papers are sought that demonstrate new and innovative approaches to deliver against these four categories. Papers from Regional Development Australia organisations are particularly encouraged.
Tourism and Geotourism
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.
Case studies are being sought around particular regional strategies:
- Local government and regional development organisations maximizing return on their investment in the tourism industry;
- Key trends in the industry and how regions are responding to these;
- Key actions to assist with the sustainability of the tourism industry; and
- Supporting the needs of the industry at the local level
To submit a paper, please click here.
The deadline for the submission of offered papers is 5:00pm (AEST) on Friday 29 March 2019. *Because of the early deadline, we have decided to extend the deadline to 5:00pm (AEST) to Thursday 18 April to allow people who missed the date claimer to still offer papers
Guidelines for offering a paper
SEGRA is predominantly attended by practitioners, regional economic development organisations, local councils, businesses, not for profit and state and federal government who live, work and invest in regional rural and remote Australia. A review of the papers from previous years will assist in pitching your paper.
Submitted papers must address the following (if applicable to submitted paper’s action agenda(s))
- an alignment with the conference theme;
- in the presentation of case studies, an outline of the key learnings and outcomes of the project or program; and
- applied learning experiences of the project and their relevance to ecotourism and responsible tourism.
- submissions must be made electronically via the SEGRA website;
- abstracts must be no more than 250 words;
- abstracts should contain a brief summary of the content areas of your proposed topic;
- abstracts must not contain graphs, diagrams or complex tables;
- indication if you are also happy for your paper to be considered in the keynote program;
- joint presentations are welcome;
- a 150 word biography of each presenter;
- a high resolution headshot photo of each presenter; and
- the title should aim to be precise and concise so that it conveys a clear message.
All presenters must be able to cover their own registration fees, accommodation and travel costs. Accepted speakers will be offered a 10% discount on registration fees. The discount excludes accommodation, networking events and study tours, as these activities are charged at cost price.
Accepted speakers must register and pay prior to COB Friday 14 June 2019 to have their paper confirmed and published online.
To enable delegates to interact with presenters we encourage speakers to attend the entire conference. As a minimum, speakers must be registered and attend the day of their presentation.
The titles of papers and presenter’s details will be provided (excluding contact details) on the conference website. The Secretariat reserves the right to edit the title of papers to reduce their length if required. Any Author changes to the title or abstract of papers must be provided to the SEGRA Secretariat by email prior to COB Friday 26 July 2019.
Speakers with accepted abstracts will be required to prepare and submit their full presentation by COB Friday 2 August 2019.