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

SEGRA Challenges

Safe and Secure Water

Currently the sufficiency and quality of water resources used for domestic purposes in rural and remote regional Australia is largely unknown and the potential health risks arising from this situation are poorly dimensioned. Assured supplies and reduction of health risks from unsafe water must be a priority across rural and remote regional Australia.

Australia wide little assistance is provided by any level of government to reduce potential health risks from non-scheme water in rural and remote regions. In all Australian jurisdictions, Local Governments only have statutory responsibility for the quantity and quality of scheme water provided to rural cities, towns and settlements. People on farming and pastoral properties are left to their own devices to secure adequate and safe domestic water supplies. This inequity is considered a serious deficiency in rural health policy and practice. And one with serious implications for economic productivity and the quality of life for people in ‘’the bush’.

In 2015 the Institute for Land Water and Society, Charles Stuart University (ILWS-CSU) in collaboration with SEGRA, university and regional partners initiated the SEGRA Challenge: Securing Adequate Safe Domestic Water for Rural and Remote Regional Australia. The focus has been on fostering self-sufficiency in the provision of secure safe domestic water (SSDW) from private supplies on rural and remote properties and rainwater tanks in towns and settlements.

To read more about this challenge, please click on the documents below:
Secure Safe Domestic Water for the Central and Lower Darling Region
Securing Adequate Safe Domestic Water for Rural and Remote Regional Australia
Safe Water ConneXion Australia
Etheridge Shire Council Pilot Water Quality Sampling and Questionnaire Survey May 2016
SSDW Project Overview

Implementing the Murray Darling Basin Plan from the Ground Up

Regional Solutions

SEGRA 2013 continued to demonstrate that regional development practitioners have enormous place-based development skills and experience. This has led to the envitable question:’How might we Design, Fund and Sustain Regionally Significant Projects?’

Already there is a degree of consensus that local leadership and institutional capacity are two critical elements but how well do we understand the key attributes in these domains and how can they work to empower regions to drive their own growth. Also, it is increasingly recognised that transformation is best embedded through demonstration and that catalyst infrastructure is a critical investment for long term prosperity of regional communities.

Robert Prestipino, Vital Places and Kate Charters, Management Solutions (Qld) have founded Regional Solutions to develop the Regional Solutions Framework (RSF). This principle-based framework enables the fast track development of regionally significant projects and other economic development initiatives to support the sustainable regions.

The goal of RSF is to assist regional stakeholders to develop catalyst projects that strengthen local identity, promote sustainable growth and maximise the potential of public and private sector funding.

The Regional Solutions Framework uses a specific leadership model and three step (AAA+) process around place-based thinking (Attitude), design-based thinking (Agility) and lean start up business thinking (Alignment) to create strong regional outcomes. Associate Professor Jeremy Buultjens and Dr. Grant Cairncross from Southern Cross University (SCU)are providing a critical consultancy and advice role in the development of this model.

With the academic research and review support of SCU the aim is to develop Australia’s first Regional Project Accelerator to act as a Research, Development and Demonstration catalyst for the delivery of Best Practice Regional Development Projects.

To read more, please visit Regional Solutions’ website.

Life-long Education and Employment in Regional Australia

This Challenge started from a discussion session held during the Researchers’ Day, which was hosted by UniSA at their Whyalla campus. It was on “Beyond Post-Truth – Getting Science and Evidence Back into Policy and Decision-Making”. I’m not sure we had a common view understanding of the topic, but we did have an engaging discussion with inputs from many participants and we came up with what we saw as a Grand Challenge for regional Australia. A Challenge that was applicable across regional Australia and was independent of scale.

Read the full document here: Regional Australia Informing Strategies for Education Through to Employment

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