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SEGRA Walks the Talk

May 2018 – Edition 30

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

Mackay, QLD

22 - 25 October 2018

SEGRA 2018 Latest News

Welcome to the latest edition of Walk the Talk

The SEGRA National Steering Committee is delighted to announce the headlines speakers for this years conference across the fields of future studies, planning paradigms for the future, Drivers and constraints to sustainable regional growth, investment attraction and building collaborative social programs - and that is just the beginning.

The conference will open with the following amazing group of speakers:

  • Sohail Inayatullah, Chair of UNESCO Future Studies who will be speaking to the title Four Regional Futures.
  • Darryl Low Choy, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Planners and member of the esteemed Wentworth Group of Scientists who has taken on the challenge of futuristic planning paradigms with his paper Science informed regional planning: opportunities for the future.
  • Kelly Heaton, Associate Director from Deloittes Access Economics who has been undertaking seminal work on the Drivers and Constraints to Sustainable regional growth.
  • Alexandra Gartmann, who will draw a vast knowledge on funding regional economic development over her illustrious careers CEO at the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal before joining the Rural Bank as Chief Executive Officer in October 2015 to discuss investment in regional Australia

More about our exciting program can be found the SEGRA website.

Registration is now open, visit the link below to secure your spot to hear these speakers at SEGRA.

Sohail Inayatullah
Alexandra Gartmann
Kelly Heaton
Darrly Low Choy

Farewells and Welcomes

It is with a heavy heart that the SEGRA National Steering Committee farewell Associate Professor Jeremy Buultjens from Southern Cross University. We thank him for his outstanding contributions over a number of years as a member of the committee. Jeremy’s rigorous academic approach helped to build SEGRA’s reputation as Australia’s most credible, independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia. It has been a pleasure working with Jeremy and we wish him all the best.

We are also sad to announce after two years as our Events and Marketing Coordinator, Racheli Evanson has accepted a position within her family’s business (Turtle Island Resort Fiji) to take effect on 8 June. We will miss her calm and efficient presence in the office and of course wish her all the best for the future.

We are delighted to announce that Mette Nielsen will be joining us on 4 June, so there will be a very smooth transition. Many of you will remember Mette, she was one of our interns from Aalborg University, Denmark in 2015 and ably assisted at SEGRA in Bathurst. Mette will be at our National Steering Committee meeting on June 12 where I am sure she will be given a warm welcome.

Jeremy Buultjens
Racheli Evanson
Mette Nielsen

SEGRA Webinar Series - Design Thinking and Economic Development

Join us on 13th June to hear Robert Prestipino from Vital Places Pty Ltd speak about Design Thinking and Economic Development.

This webinar will:

  • provide a quick overview of Design Thinking 101;
  • explore it’s potential application to regional economic development; and
  • discuss how it can be used to attract funding for Catalyst Infrastructure.

Robert Prestipino is a Trusted Authority & Strategic Advisor for the development of rural and regional Catalyst Projects. He is a qualified Urban Designer, Registered Landscape Architect, corporate member of the Planning Institute and a Certified Economic Developer. Robert has received national and international awards for his best practice approach to creating better places for people and business. His advice on catalyst project design resulted in his invitation to be a key note presenter on regional innovation at TEDxGympie.

To register, please visit the link below.

SEGRA Networking Dinner

This year the popular SEGRA Networking Dinner will be hosted at the Clarion Marquee overlooking the picturesque Mackay Marina. A gourmet roast buffet will be served and your first two drinks will be on us with a cash bar thereafter.

Time: 6:15pm - 9:30pm
Location: Marquee Mackay Marina at the Clarion Hotel
Address: Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina, Mulherin Dr, Mackay QLD 4740
Dress code: Smart casual

For more information on SEGRA networking functions and to register, visit the link below.

SEGRA Accommodation Providers

Quest Mackay on Gordon

Address: 27 Gordon St, Mackay QLD 4740
Distance from MECC: 800m

Quest Mackay on Gordon is located in the heart of the Mackay close to Bluewater Quay, Pioneer River, shopping centres, cinemas, Bluewater Trail and Mackay Showgrounds.

Quest Mackay on Gordon has serviced apartments including Studio, One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments.

Quest Mackay (MacAlister St)

Address: 38 MacAlister St, Mackay QLD 4740
Distance from MECC: 450m

Within the range of the hotel you will find the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Bluewater Lagoon and Walking Trail and a short distance away is Mackay Town Beach.

Quest Mackay has serviced apartments including Studio, One and Two Bedroom Apartments.

Quest on Gordon
Quest Mackay (MacAlister St)

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Around the Regions

Oyster stout takes on Eyre Peninsula flavour as brewer taps into craft beer boom

Oysters and beer are often enjoyed together as a beverage and a meal, but would you ever think about combining the two and drinking an oyster stout?

Oyster stout is not a new thing, but it seems like a good fit for the Eyre Peninsula, where a majority of the country’s oysters are farmed.

A Port Lincoln brewery has created its own oyster stout, in which oysters are used in the process of making the beer.

Beer Garden Brewing owner Mark Butterworth is hoping to be able to showcase the region’s well-known seafood products, something he prides himself on by using other local products as well.

“Coffin Bay in particular is such a famous region for the quality oysters that are produced there, and they employ a lot of people,” he said.

“We didn’t invent the oyster stout, but we are really keen to brew one and do it justice.

Attribution: this article first appeared on ABC News on 29 May 2018.

Janie and Mark Butterworth have finally been able to bottle their oyster stout brewed using local oysters

Push for feed efficiency to drive value based marketing

Lot Feeders are crying out for better tools to accurately determine the value of the stock they are purchasing and feed efficiency is the area with the most potential.

It’s a pertinent issue for the Wagyu breed because projected growth will only be sustainable if the accuracy of genetic values can be lifted, according to one of the country’s larger Wagyu feeders, Stockyard Beef’s Kerwee at Jondaryan on the Queensland Darling Downs.

Kerwee’s general manager Steve Martin urged seedstock producers at this year’s Australian Wagyu Association conference to take a more holistic view of the beef supply chain.

“We focus a lot on the breeding side but that genetic input is only ever a percentage of the net outcome,” he said.

Attribution: this article first appeared in Queensland Country Life on 24 May 2018.

Kerwee Feedlot’s general manager Steve Martin says feed efficiency represents big potential for gains.

Vanderfield St George facility officially opened

People will want to pay to work here.

Those were the words from 94-year-old Vanderfield stalwart, Claude Vandersee, when he officially opened their new $3.5 million facility on Wednesday.

Former and current staff, along with Vanderfield customers, attended the launch event showcasing the south west branch’s new training and workshop facility, which includes clean rooms and 12 working bays, some double sized for cotton pickers.

Vanderfield St George was first opened in 1982, an upgrade for their service technician at the time, Rob Porter, who had worked from a rented shed at Farm 96.

St George branch manager John Travers said the building development was about attracting staff and new people to the St George community.

It was a leading advancement in technology too, he said, allowing them to work in a quick, clean and efficient manner.

Attribution: this article first appeared in Queensland Country Life on 24 May 2018.

Claude Vandersee (sitting) and Bruce, Rob and John Vandersee

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Regional Development Resources

The missing workers: Locally-led migration strategies to better meet rural labour needs

Supported by literature and analysis from the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), this policy paper is based on discussions between regional settlement representatives at Migration Nation, a RAI roundtable event held at Old Parliament House on 1 November 2017 as well as consultations with governments and community groups.

The RAI has been in the news of late with a paper on migration and employment in regional Australia. We have received quite a bit of commentary on the newspaper coverage. Here is a link to the policy paper. The author Jack Archer will be speaking at SEGRA 2018.

Inquiry into national freight and supply chain priorities: final report

This is an excellent and highly readable report with easy to follow supply chain and freight route graphics as well as commodities. It is well worth a scan if not a full read given the high dependence on our national productivity on infrastructure. Although not in the scope of this report it would have been good to have had an acknowledgement that this infrastructure planning does not provide connectivity for regional, rural and remote Australian’s and may have adverse impacts on local communities where services are either reduced or the services become corridors through regions rather than connectors.

Place leadership and regional economic development: a framework for cross-regional analysis

This paper examines the leadership of places – cities, regions, communities – in Australia, Finland, Germany, Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom and explores the capacity of vignettes to generate new, theoretical and empirical insights. It uses vignettes to identify the features of place leadership evident in 12 case studies across six nations. The research finds significant commonalities in place leadership with respect to the importance attached to boundary spanning, the role of government officials in responding to the prospect of regional decline or growth and how the nature of the challenge confronting a locality determines the adequacy of the response.

This is an excellent article on leadership, agency and institutional arrangements as it affects capacity for regional economic development. Those who are following the Regional Solutions Framework will find this of particular interest.

Corresponding Author: Andrew Beer from The University of South Australia Business School

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Why I love Regional Australia

Can you identify this location?

Let us know and go into the draw to receive a copy of the SEGRA book Innovation in Regional Australia (valued $84).

Send us your photographs to feature in future editions.

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