SEGRA is back on the 26–28 October 2016

SEGRA - Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia

SEGRA 2015 Conference Proceedings - ISBN

Pre-Conference - Monday, 19 October 2015

Pre-Conference

10:00am - 4:00pm

Regional Collaborative Investment Summit

 

Faciltators:

Paul Niederer, Chair, CIM Australia

Presenter:

Christine Doan, Director, Malanda North [Presentation]

Robert Prestipino, Director, Vital Places Pty Ltd

10:00am - 4:00pm

Rural and Remote Regions Research Agenda

 

Facilitator:

Prof. Geoff Cockfield, Professor in Government & Economics, University of Southern Queensland

 

Small Group Facilitators:

A/Prof. Jeremy Buultjens, School of Business, Southern Cross University and SEGRA National Steering Committee

Dr. Jen Cleary, Chair, RDA Far North, Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia and SEGRA National Steering Committee

A/Prof. Peter Waterman, Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental Science, University of the Sunshine Coast and SEGRA National Steering Committee

Dr. Jay Rajapakse, Lecturer, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

Day 1 - Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Leading and Growing Regional Australia

Plenary Program

Chair: Prof. Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University

8:30am - 8:45am

Welcome to Country
Aunty Gloria Rogers, Wiradjuri Elder

Welcome from Charles Sturt University
Prof. Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University

8:45am - 9:10am

Australia's Economic Outlook
Kristian Kolding, Associate Director, Deloitte Access Economics

[Presentation]

9:10am - 9:40am

The Regional Landscape - Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists' Blueprint for a Healthy Environment and a Productive Economy
Prof. Darryl Low Choy, Professor, Environmental and Landscape Planning, Griffith University

[Presentation]

9:40am - 10:20am

National Conversation for Regional Policy


Chair:
Prof. Geoff Cockfield, Professor in Government & Economics, University of Southern Queensland


Participants:

Lauren Andrews, Rural & Regional Affairs Strategist, Bendigo Bank

Don Burke OAM, CTC Productions

[Introduction]

[Paper]

A/Prof. Michelle Evans, Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Charles Sturt University

Kerry Grace, Director, Evolve Network

Robert Reed, Director, Forms Express Pty Ltd

10:20am - 10:30am

A New Creative Engagement Model for Robust Community Consultation and Interaction
Kristine Peters-Deray, Independent Researcher and Artist

Co-presenter:
Ashley Bland, Senior Manager - Environment, Skillset

[Presentation]

Chair: A/Prof. Jeremy Buultjens, School of Business, Southern Cross University and SEGRA National Steering Committee
11:00am - 11:30am

Leadership: what does it mean, how is it evidenced, advocacy and lobbying
Prof. Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University

[Presentation]

11:30am - 11:50am

Localism and Leadership in Regional Australia: what do we really need?
Dr. Jen Cleary, Chair, RDA Far North, Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia and SEGRA National Steering Committee

[Presentation]

11:50am - 12:20pm

RDA Report

Speakers:

Felicity Taylor-Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, RDA Orana

[Presentation]

Peter McMillan, Executive Officer, RDA Central West

[Presentation]

Mark Ritchie, Executive Officer, RDA Riverina

[Presentation]

12:20pm - 12:30pm

Challenge Leaders' Pitch

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Western Research Institute (WRI) Lunch

Speakers:

Danielle Ranshaw, Chief Executive Officer, Western Research Institute

[Presentation]

Spotlight Sessions 1 - 5

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Spotlight Session 1 - Challenges, Issues and Strategies for Developing Regional Industry

Facilitator:
Prof. Kishor Sharma, Professor of Economics, Charles Sturt University


Re-Imagining the Region: what it means for regional business development
Dr. Paul Collits, Adjunct Professor, School of Business, University of the Sunshine Coast

[Presentation]

Internal Migration Across Regional Australia: the impact of industrial change
Prof. Kishor Sharma, Professor of Economics, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenter:
Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University

[Presentation]

Earnings Outcomes in Metropolitan and Regional Labour Markets: a gender based analysis for New South Wales
Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University

[Presentation]


The Role and Linkages in Employment Growth Across Australia's Regions
Dr. Thomas Murphy, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenters:
Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University

Prof. Mark Morrison, Sub-Dean (Research), Professor in Economics, Charles Sturt University

Danielle Ranshaw, Chief Executive Officer, Western Research Institute

[Presentation]

Emerging Trends in Skills Shortages in Regional New South Wales: the case of the Riverina region
Prof. Edward Oczkowski, Sub-Dean (Research Students), Professor in Applied Economics and Quantitative Methods, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenters:

Lani Houston, Former Chief Executive Officer, RDA Riverina

Prof. Kishor Sharma, Professor of Economics, Charles Sturt University

[Presentation]

Spotlight 2 - Raising Up Leaders and Getting Things Done in the Regions

Facilitator:
Cassandra Hughes, Manager Economic and Community Development, Shire of Cranbrook and SEGRA National Steering Committee


Discussion Leaders:

Ashley Bland, Senior Manager - Environment, Skillset

The Apprenticeships of the 21st Century
Christine Doan, Director, Malanda North

[Presentation]

[Presentation]


Debra Howe, Manager Economic Development, Mackay Regional Council

[Presentation]

How Can We Change Things: leadership,entrepreneur, business development
Cr. Joan White, Councillor, Goondiwindi Regional Council

[Presentation]

Spotlight 3 - Creating Diverse Regional Futures

Facilitator:
Bronwyn Voyce, Co-Deputy Chair, Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland & Torres Strait Inc and Co-Founder, yRepublic - Cairns Millennial Taskforce


Discussion Leaders:

The Maliyan Experience: a journey into cultural excellence
Rod Towney, Manager, Aboriginal Education and Training Unit, TAFE Western

Co-presenter:
Maxine Greenfield, Aboriginal Partnerships & Industry Liaison, TAFE Western

[Presentation]

Justice Reinvestment
Dr. Jill Guthrie, Research Fellow, Australian National University

[Presentation]

Aboriginal Education and Employment Partnerships
Amanda Spalding, Director Corporate Services, TAFE Western
Co-presenter: Jamie Sampson, Educational Leader Aboriginal Programs, TAFE Western

[Presentation]

Spotlight 4 - Delivering Productivity Outcomes from Technological from Digital Disruption

Facilitator:
Cr. Rod Macdonald, Portfolio for Knowledge Economy & Education and Major Projects, City of Greater Geelong and SEGRA National Steering Committee


Discussion Leaders:

Ian Aitken, Director, Engineering and Solutions, Samsung Electronics

Dr. Rui Bi, Lecturer in Management, Charles Sturt University

Leveraging a Cohesive Digital Strategy to Deliver Economic Growth
Graham Perry, Chief Executive Officer, Inland NSW

[Presentation]

Practical Ways to Build Social Capital and Business Enterprises of Local Levels: response to global drivers
Robert Reed, Director, Forms Express Pty Ltd

[Presentation]

Spotlight 5 - Labour Markets and Regional Australia

Facilitator:
Dr. Kim Houghton, General Manager, Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canberra


Discussion Leaders:

Permanent and Temporary Immigrants and Rural Development in Australia
Prof. Jock Collins, Professor of Social Economics, University of Technology, Sydney

Co-presenter:
A/Prof. Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Associate Professor in Management, Charles Sturt University

[Presentation]

Designated Area Migration Agreements
Anthony Friday, Chief Executive Officer, Pilbara Regional Council

[Presentation]

The SME Regional Job-Creation Opportunity
John Hemphill, Director, Voyager Strategies Pty Ltd

[Presentation]

Pacific Seasonal Workers in the Australian Horticultural Sector
A/Prof. Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Associate Professor in Management, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenters:
Prof. Jock Collins, Professor of Social Economics, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr. Devaki Monani, Lecturer in Social Work, Australian Catholic University

Todd Williams, Chief Executive Officer, RDA Hunter

[Presentation]

The 2015-16 SEGRA Challenge

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Challenge 1 - How Might We Respond to Carbon in the Real World?

Challenge Leader:
Gerry Morvell, Chair, Conservation Volunteers and Chair, Wetlands Australia

[Presentation]

Challenge Champion:
A/Prof. Peter Waterman, Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental Science, University of the Sunshine Coast

Challenge 2 - How Might We Create Diverse Regional Futures?

Challenge Leader:
Ashley Bland, Senior Manager - Environment, Skillset

Challenge 3 - How Might We Build Leadership for the Future?

Challenge Leader:
Kerry Grace, Director, Evolve Network

Challenge 4 - How Might We Deliver Good Governance in Regional Australia by 2050?

Challenge Leader:
Simon Boughey, Chief Executive Officer, Cherry Growers Australia and SEGRA National Steering Committee

[Maps]

[Summary]

Challenge 5 - How Might We Provide Secure and Safe Domestic Water for Rural and Remote Regions?

Challenge Leader:
Lara Wilde, Project Director, Northern Agriculture Development Scheme, Etheridge Shire Council

Challenge Champion:
Michael Kitzelmann, Chief Executive Officer, Etheridge Shire Council

Challenge 6 - How Might We Provide Secure and Safe Domestic Water for Rural and Remote Regions?

Challenge Leader:
Troy Haines, Start-Up & Innovation Coach, theSPACE Cairns

Day 2 - Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Designing, Developing & Delivering Regional Economic Development

Plenary Program

Chair: Prof. Mary Kelly, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry), Charles Sturt University
8:30am - 9:00am

Approaches & Priorities of the NSW Department of Industry to Regional Economic Development
Amanda Chadwick, Executive Director - Industry Policy, Economics & Regional Development, Department of Industry, NSW

[Presentation]

9:00am - 9:30am

Designing and Implementing Projects that Deliver Policy Intent

Michael Campbell, Senior Consultant, AEC Group

[Presentation]


Place-based Investible Business Cases

Robert Prestipino, Vital Places Pty Ltd

[Presentation]

9:30am - 10:20am

Hypothetical - Optimising the Natural and Human Resources: through the lens of the Murray-Darling Basin

In this session a facilitator will create a fictional Basin located place in northern Australia that are developing their own water management plan and are seeking advice from various players with practical experience with a relevant analogue.

Facilitator: Ashley Bland, Senior Manager - Environment, Skillset

Emma Bradbury, Chief Executive Officer, The Murray Darling Association

Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

Gerry Morvell, Chair, Conservation Volunteers and Chair, Wetlands Australia

Tony Slatyer, First Assistant Secretary - Water Division, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Brent Williams, General Manager Constraints Management Taskforce, Murray-Darling Basin Authority

10:20am - 10:30am

Progress in Australian Regions
Michael Heard, A/g General Manager, Regional Economic Policy Branch, Policy and Research Division , Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

[Presentation]

SEGRA Regional Best Practice

11:00am - 12:30pm

1. Regional Success Stories

Chair: A/Prof. Jeremy Buultjens, School of Business, Southern Cross University and SEGRA National Steering Committee

The Bathurst Economy & Council's Leadership in Economic Development
Steven Bowman, Manager, Economic Development, Bathurst Regional Council

[Presentation]

Economic Development is Everyone's Business
Debra Howe, Manager Economic Development, Mackay Regional Council

[Presentation]

[Paper]

The ME Program: building a skilled workforce for the future
Todd Williams, Chief Executive Officer, RDA Hunter

[Presentation]

2. Building Resilience

Chair: Prof. Mark Morrison, Sub-Dean (Research), Professor in Economics, Charles Sturt University

Developing a Regional Resilience Monitor
Prof. Alan Lawton, Professor of Management, Federation University Australia

[Presentation]

[Paper]

Exploring Community Resilience and Vulnerabilities in the Blue Mountains
Dr. Valerie Ingham, Senior Lecturer of Emergency Management, Australian Graduate School of Policing & Security Services, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenter:
Dr. Sarah Redshaw, Research Associate, Institute for Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University

[Presentation]

The Future Economic Performance of Australia's Regions
Dr. Kim Houghton, General Manager, Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canberra

[Presentation]

3. Sustainability

Chair: A/Prof. Peter Waterman, Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental Science, University of the Sunshine Coast and SEGRA National Steering Committee

GVROC Regional LED Streetlight and Solar PV Project
Ryan Wilson, Sustainability Officer, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

[Presentation]

Mudgee Learning Resource Hub: innovation in education and infrastructure design in TAFE NSW
Dr. Lorne Butt, Sustainability Coordinator, TAFE Western

Co-presenter:
Paula Walker, Manager, Infrastructure Planning, Procurement and Maintenance, TAFE Western

[Presentation]

[Paper]

[Image]

Safe Water from Common Salt? A Sustainability Technology Reality for Regional Australia and Beyond
Ken Varcoe, Technical Director, Water Engineers United Pty Ltd
Co-author - Dr. Jay Rajapakse, Lecturer, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

[Presentation]

4. Infrastructure

Chair: Kate Charters, Director, Management Solutions (Qld) and SEGRA National Steering Committee

Parkes' National Logistics Hub
Anna Wyllie, Business and Economic Development Manager, Parkes Shire Council

[Presentation]

[Video]

Rail Freight for Regional Development
A/Prof. Ian Gray, Adjunct Associate Professor in Sociology, Charles Sturt University

Co-Authors:
A/Prof. Philip Laird, University of Wollongong
Nick Montague, Translink Brisbane

The paper has now been accepted as having met all blind peer reviewers as meeting the academic standards for publication as a result academic peer review.

[Presentation]

[Paper]

Comparative Analysis of the Benefits of Regional Development Projects: which generates the greatest return?
Daniel Masters, Senior Manager, Investment Appraisal, Policy & Economics, NSW Department of Industry

Co-author: Lesley Arthur, Rede Consult Pty Ltd

[Presentation]

5. Developing and Delivering Programs

Chair: Bronwyn Voyce, Co-Deputy Chair, Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland & Torres Strait Inc and Co-Founder, yRepublic - Cairns Millennial Taskforce

Reducing Incarceration Using Justice Reinvestment: an exploratory case study
Dr. Jill Guthrie, Research Fellow, Australian National University

[Presentation]

Has Place Been Hacked by the Hipsters?
Robert Prestipino, Director, Vital Places Pty Ltd

[Presentation]

Activating Tourism in Difficult Times
Alexis Guillot, Deputy CEO, Pilbara Regional Council

[Presentation]

Spotlight Sessions 6 - 10

1:30pm - 3:30pm

6. Regional Production and Conservation Landscapes

Facilitator:
Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

 

Discussion Leaders:

Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

[Presentation]

Don't Demonise Carbon! It is Essential to Regional landscapes, Rural and Remote Communities and You
Gerry Morvell, Chair, Conservation Volunteers and Chair, Wetlands Australia

[Presentation]

A/Prof. Peter Waterman, Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental Science, University of the Sunshine Coast and SEGRA National Steering Committee

 

Case Studies:

The Determinants of the Adoption of Current Recommended Practices for Natural Resource Management in the Wimmera Region of Australia
Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University

Australian Agricultural Restructuring and Disadvantaged Farmers
Ren Hu, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

[Presentation]

[Paper]

7. Building Capacity: key policy trends including regions and their towns and cities

Facilitator:
Paul Rosair, Principal, NAJA Business Consulting Services


Discussion Leaders:

Where Have All the Regions Gone?
Simon Boughey, Chief Executive Officer, Cherry Growers Australia and SEGRA National Steering Commitee

[Paper]

[Maps]

The Legal Personality of Cities and Reforming the Federation
Dr. Benjamen Gussen, Lecturer in Law and Economics, University of Southern Queensland

[Presentation]

[Paper]

The Current State of the Regional Development in Western Australia
Paul Rosair, Principal, NAJA Business Consulting Services

[Presentation]

8. Factors Influencing the Success of Regional Businesses

Facilitator:
Prof. Mark Morrison, Sub-Dean (Research), Professor in Economics, Charles Sturt University

 

IT Innovation and SME Performance
Dr. Rui Bi, Lecturer in Management, Charles Sturt University

[Presentation]

Australian Indigenous Entrepreneurial Leadership
A.Prof. Michelle Evans, Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Charles Sturt University

Co-Author:
Prof. Ian Williamson, Helen Macpherson Smith Chair of Leadership for Social Impact, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne

[Presentation]

Determining the Factors Influencing the Success of Private and Community-Owned Indigenous Business Across Remote, Regional and Urban Australia
Prof. Mark Morrison, Sub-Dean (Research), Professor in Economics, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenters:
Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University

Prof. Jock Collins, Professor of Social Economics, University of Technology, Sydney

A/Prof. Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Associate Professor in Management, Charles Sturt University

[Presentation]

9. Regional Education and Employment Opportunities

Facilitator:
Andrew Crowley, Director VET Delivery, TAFE NSW Western Institute


Discussion Leaders:

TAFE Western Connect: more choices in more places
Bettyanne Hauville, Connect Co-ordinator, Customer Innovation, TAFE NSW Western Institute

[Presentation]

Maximising Access to VET
Matt Bennett, Manager Assets & Infrastructure Planning, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute

Co-presenter:
Leanne Small, Manager Business Community & Partnerships, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute

[Presentation]

Craig Randazzo, Chief Executive Officer, Skillset

[Presentation]

Todd Williams, Chief Executive Officer, RDA Hunter

10. Working with Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Facilitator:
Dr. Kim Houghton, General Manager, Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canberra

[Presentation]

Plenary Session

4:00pm - 4:40pm

The Challenge 2015-16 Pitch

Facilitator:
Cassandra Hughes, Manager Economic and Community Development, Shire of Cranbrook and SEGRA National Steering Committee

 

Troy Haines, Start-Up & Innovation Coach, theSPACE Cairns
[Presentation]

4:40pm - 4:55pm

Etheridge Presentation

Speaker:
Michael Kitzelmann, Chief Executive Officer, Etheridge Shire Council

[Video - Ag]

[Video - Mining]

[Video - Tourism]

[Map]

4:55pm - 5:00pm

Challenge Winner Announcement

5:00pm - 5:15pm

Regional Australia Raise Your Voice

Speaker:
Prof. Geoff Cockfield, Professor in Government & Economics, University of Southern Queensland

5:15pm - 5:30pm

Announcement of 2016 Host Region

Chair:
Kate Charters, Director, Management Solutions (Qld) and SEGRA National Steering Committee

Great Southern Development Commission
[Presentation]

[Video]


SEGRA 2016

[Presentation]

7:00pm

Conference Dinner and SEGRA Short Film Festival

The Hon. Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

Speech available at: http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/speeches/2015/wts024_2015.aspx

Day 3 - Thursday, 22 October 2015

Pracitical Progress

Workshops & Study Tours

9:00am - 1:00pm

Workshop 1 - Geotrails: creating new journeys for geotourism

 

Facilitator & Speaker:

Geotourism: pathways for regional development in Australia
Angus M. Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions® and Chair, Geotourism Standing Committee, Geological Society of Australia

[Presentation]


Speakers:

Geotrails: enhancing the visitor experience and encouraging extended stays in Australia
Daniel Cove, Chair, Geotourism Forum, Ecotourism Australia Ltd

[Presentation]

Developing the Potential of Geotourism Across Rural Australia: the Kanawinka Geopark/Geotrail experience
Ian Lewis, Director, Kanawinka Geopark/Geotrail

[Presentation]

Exploring the World we Walk in Through Mobile Technology
Kenneth Moule, Chief Technical Officer, Global GBM

[Presentation]


Phil Smart, President and Founder, Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk Inc.

[Presentation]

Unlocking Geological Information in Support of Geotourism Development
Prof. Neil Williams, Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong

[Presentation]

9:00am - 1:00pm

Workshop 2 - Right Start Right Project

Facilitator:

Robert Prestipino, Director, Vital Places Pty Ltd

9:00am - 1:00pm

Workshop 3 - Free Trade Agreements

 

Facilitator & Speaker:

Quantifying Free Trade Agreements for Australia and New Zealand
(Author: Wayne Prouse, Principal and Senior Analyst, Fresh Intelligence Consulting)
Simon Boughey, Chief Executive Officer, Cherry Growers Australia and SEGRA National Steering Committee

[Presentation]


Speakers:

Brett Hughes, Director North Asia, Trade and Marketing Access Division, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

[Presentation]

Michael Growder, Assistant Secretary, FTA Outreach Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

[Presentation]

9:00am - 1:00pm

Workshop 4 - Murray-Darling Basin Round Table

Facilitator:

A/Prof. Peter Waterman, Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental Science, University of the Sunshine Coast and SEGRA National Steering Committee

 

Speakers:

Emma Bradbury, Chief Executive Officer, The Murray Darling Association

Kate Charters, Director, Management Solutions (Qld) and SEGRA National Steering Committee

Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

Gerry Morvell, Chair, Conservation Volunteers and Chair, Wetlands Australia