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SEGRA Walks the Talk

April 2018 – Edition 29

SEGRA 2018 – Beyond the Boom: Opportunities for growth and vitality

Mackay, QLD

22-25 October 2018

SEGRA 2018 Latest News

SEGRA Call for Papers Now Open

How do we get funding for our regions? How can our regions be heard? How do we make ourselves and communities matter before a policy maker writes a policy that impacts our community for the long term? These are some of the questions that are on the agenda for SEGRA this year.

Drawing on the experience of practitioners across regional, remote and rural Australia SEGRA 2018 will be focused on you and your region’s issues. Combined with business leaders, economists, futurists, innovators and entrepreneurs this year’s SEGRA will help reveal the next steps you might take to ensure your community’s vitality and growth into the future is assured.

SEGRA brings together practitioners, policy decision makers, businesses, not for profits and researchers to share their own experiences and in particular their success stories with others with a passion for regional, rural and remote Australia. If you or your region has a success story to share, please submit a paper for consideration at this year’s SEGRA.

Recognised as Australia’s most credible independent voice for regional Australia, SEGRA has a reputation for Walking the Talk. Make sure you are part of SEGRA 2018 in Mackay, QLD from 22 - 25 October.

SEGRA 2018 Call for Papers Brochure

Welcome to Mackay, QLD

The Mackay Region of Queensland is delighted to host the 2018 SEGRA Conference from October 22-25.

Mackay delivers a unique regional economy, which was forged on the back of the sugar industry and has in recent years diversified and matured into the resource service hub of Australia. The region’s proximity to the resource rich Bowen Basin has transformed Mackay into a powerhouse of the nation’s economy, ensuring unprecedented rapid economic growth that has helped it evolve into a thriving regional city.

Diversification is a key to Mackay’s ongoing sustainable economic growth. The region produces more than one-third of Australia’s sugar, is responsible for more than seven percent of the total global seaborne coal exports and has a rapidly growing tourism sector benefiting from access to sub-tropical rainforest, sandy beaches and the Great Barrier Reef.

There is plenty happening in the Mackay economy. The City Centre has recently undergone an $18 million revitalisation, council is progressing the declaration of a Priority Development Area (PDA) along the CBD’s bluewater river and beachfront, and a new $20 million sporting precinct is under construction.

Mackay looks forward to welcoming 2018 SEGRA delegates to the region to share our successes and to provide the platform for regional growth innovations and ideas to be showcased.

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Mayor Greg Williamson
Mackay Regional Council

Mayor Greg Williamson

About the Mackay Region

The Mackay region is home to a diverse and vibrant community with rural and coastal living opportunities in 30 townships, small rural settlements and rural residential areas. The region’s lively urban areas include Mackay, Sarina, Walkerston, Marian and Mirani. Tourist-orientated townships are located at highly scenic coastal and hinterland locations and include the townships of Haliday Bay, Eungella, Grasstree Beach, Campwin Beach and Armstrong Beach.

There are about 25 different nationalities represented in the region. The region also boasts the largest Australian South Sea Islander population. The Mackay Regional Local Government Area (map) is one of the fastest growing in Queensland, with a population of about 115,000 people. The region’s prosperous economy is expected to continue to drive strong population growth over the next 20 years.

Only an hour’s flight from Brisbane, the Mackay region boasts an enviable lifestyle and a buoyant economy with the benefits of a fast-growing coastal city. Its coastal location is complemented by its spectacular natural environment. This includes 31 beautiful beaches, a picturesque blue river and a pristine rainforest hinterland.

Mackay’s central location, and ease of access by air, road and rail, makes the destination accessible and attractive to potential delegates.

SEGRA Webinar Series

We are delighted to announce SEGRA will be commencing its webinar series in the coming weeks! The series will feature previous keynote speakers and regional development professionals covering a range of topics relevant to sustainable economic growth for regional Australia.

Webinar presenters and dates will be announced soon. In the interim, please visit the link below to learn more about SEGRA.

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Insights from SEGRA 2017

Voted one of the best speakers of SEGRA 2017 - Dave Clare

Dave Clare, Author, Speaker, Coach and Facilitator,

Dave isn’t just a leader, he is also an author, award winning international coach, facilitator and an enthusiastic and inspirational speaker. He has developed a new framework for leadership that helps others move from a business model to a model business. Dave’s take on leadership for a new generation has proven to create invincible cultures that unleash creativity and innovation, the catalyst for disruption. Dedicating more than a decade of his life to inspiring and creating purpose-driven leaders, Dave consistently shares his fundamental principles on leadership. Leadership is simple. You lead people. So all you need to do is understand people.

Dave Clare was a keynote speaker at SEGRA 2017, his presentation covered Leadership in a Disrupting World. Visit the link below to find out more.

What people say about SEGRA

It is a great conference that has so many levels of people attending and mixing into a single melting pot for the betterment of Regional Australia - SEGRA Delegate

It was a powerful and positive event where it was possible to integrate with keynote speakers - State Government

I believe it is important that these conferences have a representation from across the NFP sector as it is often these organisations that are on the ground and doing the grass roots service delivery in regional communities - Not Disclosed

It is the best Regional Development Conference in Australia…the hard part about the planning profession is getting them to think past the metropolitan areas - Business Director

This was my first SEGRA conference; I found it an excellent way to network with regional colleagues and great to have such a diversity of economic development people in one place. I thought the calibre of speakers was excellent - Not Disclosed

I find that there is not a comparable Conference on the National circuit and the content and networking opportunities presented are highly relevant to my work, therefore if a colleague was working in a similar field I would recommend it to them - Peak Body

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Around the Regions

Regional Growth Fund

On 2 March 2018 the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, announced the opening for Initial Applications to the $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund. Kate Charters is delighted to see that the new regional growth fund has created a two step submission process allowing for initial applications for competitive assesment prior to submitting a full business case.

“I welcome the initiative to increase capacity to expand the idea incubation stage prior to the committment of funds to a full business case” said Kate.

The Regional Growth Fund will provide grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects which support long-term economic growth and create jobs in regions undergoing structural adjustment.

Projects must be located in Australia and in an eligible area or, if your project is located in an excluded area, you must clearly demonstrate how economic benefits flow directly into an eligible area. A mapping tool is available to assist applicants determine the project or benefit location.

Selection of projects will be undertaken in two stages. Stage One requires submission of an Initial Application for competitive assessment. Stage Two is for the submission of a Full Business Case. Only successful applications to the Initial Application will be invited to submit a Full Business Case.

Initial Applications are now open.

Initial Applications will close at 5pm AEST on 27 April 2018.

Inquiry into regional development and decentralisation

Public hearings for this inqury have now concluded, both Dr Jen Cleary and Kate Charters (members of the SEGRA National Steering Committee) separately and independently presented to this inquiry. Their representations, along with other witnesses are availble via the link below.

From left to right: Mary Reid (HDBC), Jim O'Dea (HDBC), Robert Prestipino (Vital Places), Kate Charters (Management Solutions QLD), Wendy Allen (HDBC), Mayor Paul Antonio (Toowoomba)

Lightbulb Moments: top 10 finalists

Lightbulb Moments aims to help get the best ideas and projects off the ground, because it is often the ‘bright ideas’ of local people that create the greatest impact for communities in regional Australia.

Meet the finalists - this year over 160 entries were received from across the country. The judging panel had the difficult task of choosing only 10. The selected 10 finalists have won a dedicated Project Development Support Package from the Regional Australia Institute and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), as well as a heap of publicity. Visit the link below to find out more.

Sustainable business changes the face of remote communities

Sustainable businesses can build healthier communities. CEO of ALPA, Alastair King, discusses the challenges and rewards of creating jobs in remote locations.

From a handful of counter stores in tin sheds in the 1970s to last year becoming Australia’s largest Indigenous organisation with a total group turnover of over $75 million a year, the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) is a model of successful growth.

For 41 years, it focused solely on setting up stores in some of the country’s most isolated communities, stores that provided employment and training for local people, as well as essential supplies.

“We call ourselves ‘womb to doom’ retailers,” says Chief Executive Officer Alastair King. “We sell baby food, coffins and everything in between.”

Then, four years ago, the federal government announced changes to employment services, and ALPA management saw this as an opportunity to expand.

“We had always made a point of staying independent from government so we weren’t sure of the reception we’d get from the board,” King says. “But we were financially independent, with a strong balance sheet and a good business model, and they agreed it was a good time to diversify.”

Atrribution: this article first appeared in NAB Business Research and Insights on 6 March 2018

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Regional Development Resources

Online Sustainability Strategy, Engagement and Communications MasterClass

If you would like to discover how to overcome the multitude of barriers, change the status quo, get C-Suite buy-in, improve internal and external engagement, embed sustainability teams, adopt industry best practice, build trust, define your north star - purpose beyond product, start a movement, maybe even take a stand on issues that matters - come join the online SUSTAINABILITY Strategy, Engagement and Communications MasterClass presented by Anne-Maree McInerney.

The online program starts May 1st. It’s 8 x 90 minute webinars running weekly every Tuesday from 4pm - 5.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. And if you miss joining us live on the odd occasion - don’t worry, every webinar is recorded, so you can catch up in your own time if needs be.

She will introduce you to the 9 Global Principles of How to Communicate Sustainability MOSS helped to develop for Green Growth Leaders which is being used with enormous success globally to sell sustainability. We will also share a simple 4 step process to create a new sustainability narrative; best practice case studies; introduce you to new sustainability trends; and give you the tools to be both bold and heard.

Research Report - Whole-of-economy modelling: beyond the black box

This paper provides guidance for users of economic modelling. It is written for the non-modeller, particularly those seeking to better understand the results and validity of modelling reports. For those seeking to commission economic modelling, it contains useful guidance material for conducting economic modelling.

The paper aims to improve the contribution of modelling to public policy debates.

Economic modelling can be a powerful tool to build consensus for change. Done well, it can better inform policymakers on the costs and benefits of implementing new policies, events or projects. However, concern is growing that poorly conceived economic modelling is increasingly making its way into the public policy debate.

Poor modelling has the potential to mislead decision-making (and impose costs on society). It also undermines the credibility of economic modelling, and threatens to turn decision-makers away from a valuable tool for policy analysis.

Attribution: Queensland Productivity Commission 2018

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