SEGRA is back on the 26–28 October 2016

SEGRA - Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia


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DAY 1 - Tuesday 25 October

7:30 am – 8:30 am Business Breakfast

The Hon. Dr Denis Napthine MLA, Minister for Major Projects, Minister for Regional Cities and Minister for Racing


Plenary Session
Aspirations for a regional Australia

8:30am Fair Share: Country and City in Australia

Prof Judith Brett, Head of the School of Social Sciences and Professor of Politics at La Trobe University


The Regional Advantage

Professor David Adams, Social Inclusion Commissioner for Tasmania


Manufacturing Futures

Innes Willox, Director International and Government Relations, Australian Industry Group


Building Productivity in regional Australia

Prof Lee Astheimer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Deakin University

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dynamic Indigenous Entrepreneurs Panel

Ms Kaely Woods, Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Business Support, Indigenous Business Australia

Spotlight Sessions on Day 1

11:00pm - 12:30pm


Regional Cities: challenges, opportunities and transformation


Chair: Cassandra Stipanicev, Manager, Business Development, Shire of Cranbrook

Moderator: Dr Susan Kinnear, Senior Research Officer, Centre for Environmental Management, CQUniversity


Janet Dore, CEO, Transport Accident Commission

Decentralisation in Action - The TAC and Geelong [presentation]


Assoc Prof Rod Duncan, Master of Planning Program, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deak University

'Midi-Cities': an under-recognised contributor to Australia's urban future [presentation]

Dr Geoff Edwards, Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University

Decentralisation in Australia's Federation [presentation]

11:00pm - 12:30pm

Lobbying for regional, rural and remote Australia - getting organised


Chair: Paul Bini, Director, Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd [presentation]

Mark Stone, CEO, Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) [presentation]

11:00pm - 12:30pm

Planning and Funding a Regionalised Australia


Chair: Joe Adamski, General Manager Strategy and Technology, Barwon Water


Lance Glare, Director, State Infrastructure Planning, Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning

Advancing Regional Queensland [presentation]

Brett Sabien, Manager - Services, Regional Investment, Department of Regional Development and Lands (WA)

Royalties for Regions - Major Regional Development Projects in Western Australia [presentation]

David Hawkins, Chairman, Socom

How to get a $1 Billion and your own Minister


Tony Overman, Strategy and Sustainability Coordinator, Strategy and Technology, Barwon Water

Integrated Strategic Water Planning through Systems Thinking [presentation]

11:00pm - 12:30pm

Building regional SME's - from spare room to the boardroom


Chair: Prof Sue Kilpatrick, Research Professor of Regional Communities, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University


Sandra McClelland, Director, Research Partnerships, Deakin University

From Spare Room to Boardroom Case Study [presentation]


Panel Session: Supporting Innovative Business to Develop in a Region

Skills: Peter McMullin, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and

Grant Sutherland, CEO, The Gordon TAFE [presentation]

Research: Marcus Bolger, Senior Commercial Manager, Deakin University [presentation]

Raising Funds: Bob Beaumont, Business Angel [presentation]

Concurrent Sessions on Day 1

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Regional Cities and Small Towns


Elements for Success in Five Second-Tier Australian Cities - a comparative study [presentation]

Prof Mike Hefferan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), University of the Sunshine Coast


Exploring the Great Divide: how do regions relate to the cities? [presentation]

Warwick Jones, Director, Major Cities Unit, Aust Govt Department of Infrastructure and Transport


Preparing a Small Regional Town to Win National Awards [presentation]

David Cowell, Business Development Officer, Business Services, RDA Yorke and Mid North

The Rural City of Murray Bridge - our place, our future [presentation]

Brenton Lewis, Chief Executive, RDA Murraylands/Riverland

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Regional Identity and Branding


Does your Reputation and Profile Cut Through? developing a regional brand [presentation]

David Kippin, CEO, Townsville Enterprise Limited

Mind the Gap - Community Culture Focussed Transformational Change in the Central Goldfields Shire

Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor, Mayor, Central Goldfields Shire Council [presentation]


The Evocities Project [presentation]

Shane Manley, Managing Director, ASCET Group

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Small-Medium Enterprises


Multi-Speed Economy: challenges facing regional Australian micro and small business in the current economic environment [presentation]

Howard Seccombe, Head of Client Services, Roy Morgan Research


Attracting Retailers and SME's to our Towns [presentation]

Greg Davis, Director, Taktics4


Entrepreneurial Universities in Victoria: a concept that is yet to be tried [presentation]

Dr Howard Frederick, Professor, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University


The Economic Impact of the Creative Industries in the Central West Region of New South Wales

Lesley Arthur, Senior Research Officer, Western Research Institute and

Tracey Callinan, Executive Officer, Arts OutWest [presentation]

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Innovative Regional Development


The Central Coast Challenge of Turning Broken Dreams into a New Reality [presentation]

Dr Anton Kriz, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle


Collaboration: the new 21st century driver of innovation in regional economies [presentation]

Dr Tony McCall, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Regional Development, University of Tasmania


Growth Regions Driving Economic Development [presentation]

Cr David Perkins, Economic Development and Tourism Portfolio, Mackay Regional Council


Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Regional Australia: maintaining fit and balance for sustainable economic development [presentation]

Liza Bloomer, Board Member, RDA Northern Rivers

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Meeting the Strategic Skills Agenda


Skills Development for the Victorian Brown Coal Industry [presentation]

Assoc Prof Peter Waterman RFD, Faculty of Science, Health and Education,
University of the Sunshine Coast


Community Conversations: capturing creative wisdom [presentation]

Dr Ian Plowman, Community Psychologist and Social Researcher, Ian Plowman Pty Ltd


New Skillsets for Sustainability Technologists [presentation]

Ashley Bland, Skillset Sustainability Manager, The Flannery Centre [short paper]


Maintaining Quality Education with Reduced Student Numbers: a case study in innovation [presentation]

Max Eastcott, General Manager, Executive, Gwydir Shire Council [background information]


DAY 2 - Wednesday 26 October

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Business Breakfast [speech]

Senator Barnaby Joyce, Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water


Plenary Session

Pursuing Opportunties for Regional Advantage


New Paradigms for Regions and their Cities


Michael Knight, Senior Consultant, Pracsys

Address from the Minister [speech]

The Hon. Simon Crean MP, Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government (subject to Parliamentary Commitments)

Regional and Rural Industries of the Future


Claire Penniceard, Owner, The Pig Pen Pty Ltd

The World’s Coolest App – Turning a Vision of Broadband Infrastructure into an implementation of success

Mark Keil, Chief Information Officer, City of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Closing Plenary


Announcement of SEGRA 2012 Host Region

Central Coast NSW
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Spotlight Sessions on Day 2

11:00pm - 12:30pm

Delivering Services in Regions: overcoming issues of scale and distance


Chair: Dr Chris McDonald, Policy Manager, Regional Economic Development, Policy and Planning Group, Regional Development Victoria, Department of Planning and Community Development


Craig Evans, Managing Director, Advanced Water Group

Delivering Centralised Water, Waste Water and Energy Systems to regional Australia [presentation]


Julia Carpenter, Team Manager, Government Services and Property, WA, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Building the Sustainability and Resilience of Remote Aboriginal Communities in WA [presentation]


Suzanne Woolhouse, Regional Program Manager, LandCorp

Growing Regional Western Australia [presentation]

11:00pm - 12:30pm

Economic Growth after Extreme Weather Events


Chair: Assoc Prof Jeremy Buultjens, Managing Editor, Journal of Economic and Social Policy, School of Business, Southern Cross University


Cr Brad Carter, Mayor, Rockhampton Regional Council

Economic Growth after Extreme Weather Events [presentation]


Margaret Abbey, CEO, Murrindindi Shire Council [presentation]


Cr Steve Jones, Mayor, Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Rising from the Floodwater: one Council's vision to disaster-proof communities [presentation]

11:00pm - 12:30pm

Angel Investors: financing new ideas


Chair: Cr Rod Macdonald, Portfolio for Economic Development, City of Greater Geelong


Facilitator: Michael Campbell, Senior Consultant, AEC Group [presentation]


Leigh Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, Many Rivers Microfinance [presentation]

11:00pm - 12:30pm

Future Proofing your Region


Chair: Assoc Prof Peter Waterman RFD, Faculty of Science, Health and Education, University of the Sunshine Coast


Samantha Smith, Future Proofing Geelong Program Manager, Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, City of Greater Geelong

Future Proofing Geelong and the Low Carbon Growth Plan [presentation]


Katrina Skellern, Project Manager, Green Jobs Illawarra Project, RDA IllawarraRDA Illawarra Promoting Green Jobs, Green Industry and the Green Economy [presentation]


Kathy Wood, Faculty of Science, Health and Education, University of the Sunshine Coast

Future Climate Adapting Forests [presentation]


Pamela McAllister, Consultant

What is leadership and who should lead? Your role in future proofing regions [presentation]

Concurrent Sessions on Day 2

1:30pm - 3:30pm



The role of the NBN in Creating Sustainable Economic Growth in regional Australia [presentation]

Simon Pownall, Business Development Manager, Mobile, Internet and Technology, Roy Morgan Research


Opportunities for Rural Industry Development from Innovative Use of Broadband Services [presentation]

Brian Ramsay, Managing Director, Inovact Consulting


The Challenge of Change for Regional Business [presentation]

Bruce Buchanan, Executive Officer, Central West Business Enterprise Centre


Mackay Regional E-Business Networks: the ultimate committee [presentation]

Cr David Perkins, Economic Development and Tourism Portfolio, Mackay Regional Council

1:30pm - 3:30pm

RED Planning and Multiple Land-Use


Can Regional Plans Increase Community Resilience? [presentation]

Sean Weier, Team Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff


Mining and Income Distribution in Regional Australia [presentation]

Dr Tom Measham, Senior Research Scientist, Social and Economic Sciences, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences


Identifying and Nurturing Sustainability Oriented Identities Linked to Place: a case study from Noosa

Dr Timothy Lynam, Senior Research Scientist, CES, CSIRO [presentation]


What Do Voters Really Think? Public Opinion on Primary Industries and the Environment and Election Outcomes [presentation]

Shaun Ratcliff, Public Affairs Manager, Victorian Association of Forest Industries

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Regional Futures


Drivers of Economic Prosperity [presentation]

Dr Geoff Edwards, Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University


Using technology to leverage regional advantage for Nonprofits [presentation]

Morri Young, Managing Director, Matrix on Board


Critical Horizons Regional Futures Series - a case study [presentation]

Alan Cross, Regional Coordinator, South West Development Commission


Skills for Regions - addressing employment shortages through partnerships with Government, business and skilled professionals [presentation] [youtube clip]

Keelie Hamilton, Coordinator, Economic Development, City of Greater Geelong

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Small-Medium Enterprises


Regional Universities, SMEs and Innovation: learning from the CQ experience [presentation]

Dr Susan Kinnear, Senior Research Officer, Centre for Environmental Management, CQUniversity


Jobs Galore, But Where Are the Workers? [presentation]

Dr Shishir Saxena, Senior Consultant, SGS Economics and Planning Pty Ltd


Innovative Approaches of Family-Based Agricultural Businesses: a case study of Northern NSW coffee producers [presentation]

Dr Peter Vitartas, Deputy Head, Teaching and Learning, Southern Cross Business School, Southern Cross University


Assisting Regional Small Business that have Suffered through Natural Disasters [presentation]

Bruce Buchanan, Executive Officer, Central West Business Enterprise Centre

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Green Futures


Ten Tips for Undertaking Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments [presentation]

Dr Emma Yuen, Social Scientist, Marine and Atmospheric Research, CSIRO


Strategic Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Regions: application in regional Victoria [presentation]

Dr Robert Faggian, Senior Research Scientist, Victorian Department of Primary Industries


Hearing Voices: a discourse analysis of the Senate Inquiry into the Social and Economic Impacts of Rural Winds Farms [paper]

Dr Cathy Wagg, Researcher and Mexie Butler, Coordinator, Potter Rural Community Research Network and

Dr Kaye Scholfield, Senior Manager, RMIT University Hamilton


Beyond the Politics and Science: addressing the social and equity impacts of climate change through the 'Liveable and Just' Toolkit [presentation]

Philip Schier, Senior Policy Officer, Victorian Local Governance Association

DAY 3 - Thursday 27 October

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Business Breakfast


Dr Mike Hall, Principal Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science