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SEGRA Walks the Talk

November 2018 – Edition 36

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

Mackay, QLD

22-25 October 2018

SEGRA 2018 Latest News

SEGRA 2018 Presentations are now available

Following another highly successful SEGRA, we are pleased to advise that the SEGRA 2018 presentations that are available for distribution are now up on our website and can be accessed here.

Videos of selected key note speakers and plenary panels will be available shortly. If you were not a delegate, a small fee will be charged to access these.

SEGRA 2018 Communique

Each year following the Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference, the National Steering Committee releases a communique “Speaking up for Regional Australia”. This Communique considers the theme of the conference: “Beyond the Boom: opportunities for growth and vitality” and responds to key action agendas including identifying potential policy and practice actions. It is a summary of discussion and does not represent a shared view by SEGRA National Steering Committee or delegates.

To read the communique, please click here

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Business Insights

Keep a Meeting Focused & On-Point

Four tips to stop your meetings being hijacked…

We’ve all experienced meetings where, despite our best efforts, we have found the meeting hijacked. For example, where someone is persistently interrupting or dominating the conversation, where someone continually goes off an unrelated tangent and side-tracks the conversation, where they go into extensive and unnecessary detail, or where someone tries to hijack the meeting for their own personal agenda.

So how do you refocus the meeting and get it back on point?

The first thing to do is to take control of your emotions. When we feel a meeting is being interrupted or ‘hijacked’, whether deliberately or not, it is natural to feel upset. To deal with the situation effectively you need to quash your frustration.

Please click here to read the full article on the four techniques to use.

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Contribution by Andrew Cooke, Director, Blue Sky GPS

Phone: 0401 842 673 Email:

For a free 15-minute Growth Strategy Session with Andrew to identify 3 actions to grow your business please click here.

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Innovation Tips

8 Quick Tips for Innovation Beginners

The purpose of innovation is to turn ideas into a reality that add value. It’s about responding to your end-user needs by developing products, services or processes that meet and exceed their expectations.

Not sure where to start? Click here for 8 quick tips for innovation beginners.

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Contribution by Andrew Jones, Co-Founder, G2 Innovation

For more information, please visit

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Around the Regions

Digital Transformation Enhancing Geotourism

One of the key plenary themes at the SEGRA 2018 conference in Mackay focused on ‘Technology of the Future’. A keynote speaker, Stuart George, Digital Creative Director of CKP Creative Digital Solutions, explained how Video, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are the largest, fastest and most effective tactics in digital marketing today. With millions of views on new mobile platforms and desktops daily, Video, VR and AR educates, informs, delights and creates loyal fans and customers. In a Spotlight session, other speakers addressed how technology and innovation provides business growth and social inclusion opportunities for rural, regional and remote Australia.   As ‘geotourism is tourism which focuses on an area’s geology and landscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment’, the Geotourism Spotlight session highlighted a presentation on self-drive geotourism by Peter Homan, General Manager of Outback Queensland Tourism Association (OQTA). Peter explained that OQTA’s digital strategy will respond to range of existing and new traveler groups, and that’s why their organisation is changing its marketing to be data-driven and digital-only.

To view the full article, please click here.

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Contribution by Angus M Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®

For further information please email: 

Long-range WiFi invention to help solve connectivity issues in remote Australia

Making a mobile phone call in the middle of a paddock on a remote cattle station is now a possibility, with new technology developed by the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry.

In what is essentially a form of long-range WiFi, the technology allows users to make WiFi phone calls, browse the internet and access data for a range of other functions.

The NT DPI developed the technology alongside a small start-up in Wagga Wagga, in response to connectivity issues raised by the NT Cattleman’s Association.

To view the full article, please click here.

CSU commits $100,000 research funding into regional labour market challenges

Charles Sturt University (CSU) announced today a $100,000 research commitment to assist in addressing labour market challenges in rural and regional areas.

Speaking at the 2018 SEGRA Conference, CSU Professor Mark Morrison, Associate Dean, Research in Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, said the funding will build upon initial research jointly led with CSU Professor of Economics John Hicks, School of Accounting and Finance,  and Associate Professor Tom Murphy from the Western Research Institute.

That research, the Murray Region Economic Development Study, undertaken in conjunction with NSW government and Regional Development Australia, found that employers are struggling to source employees as well as struggling to access local entrepreneurial leadership.

To read the full article, please click here.

Regional migration approvals stalling ahead of new five-year bush visa

Regional visa approvals have fallen to their lowest levels in a decade as the Federal Government prepares to introduce a scheme requiring new arrivals to work outside the major cities for five years.

State-specific and regional visa approvals fell to 36,250 places in 2017-18, according to new figures published by the Government.

To read the full article, please click here.

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Regional Development Resources

Economic and social impact of the Karen resettlement in Bendigo

Regional settlement of migrants and refugees is an important component in the advancement of Australia’s migration strategies and, when well-facilitated, makes a significant contribution to the economic and social fabric of regional communities. The purpose of this study is to examine one example of such migration, as well as further illuminate the community facilitation and the conditions that need to be in place in order to deliver better economic and social outcomes from the regional settlement of migrants. 

To read the full report, please click here.

The economic impact of improving regional, rural and remote education in Australia

This report documents the differences in educational outcomes between rural, regional & remote Australia and urban Australia. The report then quantifies the economic impact of these disparities in educational outcomes. By linking education to human capital formation—one of the key components of economic output along with physical capital—they estimate the shortfall in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to these differences.

Read the full report here.

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Why I love Regional Australia

Can you identify this location?

The prize for our ‘Why I love Regional Australia’-competition is still unclaimed. We have received many qualified responses to the possible location of the photo in the previous edition of SEGRA Walks the Talk, but no one guessed correctly.

Let’s give it another go! Can you identify this location?

The winner will receive a copy of the SEGRA book Innovation in Regional Australia (valued $84). If you have a photo you would like to submit for future editions, please send it to

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