SEGRA is back on the 22–25 October 2018

SEGRA - Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia

SEGRA 2015 Program Overview

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Saturday, 17 October - Monday, 19 October 2015

Pre-Conference Study Tour

The 2015 pre-conference study tour will not be progressing due to insufficient advance bookings.

Monday, 19 October 2015


10:00am - 4:00pm

Regional Collaborative Investment Summit

10:00am - 4:00pm

Rural and Remote Regions Research Agenda

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Bathurst Walking Tour - A Delightful Spot – 1815: The Bathurst Government Settlement Heritage Trail

5:45pm - 7:15pm

Mayoral Welcome Cocktail Reception


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Conference Day 1 - Leading & Growing Regional Australia


Business Breakfast


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


Regional Context of SEGRA 2015

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

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

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

9:40am - 10:20am

National Conversation for Regional Policy

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


Lauren Andrews, Rural & Regional Affairs Strategist, Bendigo Bank

Don Burke OAM, CTC Productions

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

Ashley Bland, Senior Manager - Environment, Skillset

10:30am - 11:00am

Morning Tea

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

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

11:50am - 12:20pm

RDA Report


Felicity Taylor-Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, RDA Orana

Peter McMillan, Executive Officer, RDA Central West

Mark Ritchie, Executive Officer, RDA Riverina

12:20pm - 12:30pm

Challenge Leaders' Pitch

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Western Research Institute (WRI) Lunch


Danielle Ranshaw, Chief Executive Officer, Western Research Institute

Spotlight Sessions

1:30pm - 3:30pm

1. Challenges, Issues and Strategies for Developing Regional Industry

2. Raising Up Leaders and Getting Things Done in the Regions

3. Creating Diverse Regional Futures

4. Delivering Productivity Outcomes from Technological and Digital Disruption

5. Labour Markets and Regional Australia

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Afternoon Tea

SEGRA 2015-16 Challenge

4:00pm - 5:00pm

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

2. How Might We Create Diverse Regional Futures?

3. How Might We Build Leadership for the Future?

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

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

6. How Might We Develop Startup / Innovation Ecosystems in Regional Australia?


Happy Hour


Networking Dinner


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Conference Day 2 - Designing, Developing & Delivering Regional Economic Development


Business Breakfast

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

The Hon. Julie Collins MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Local Government

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

9:00am - 9:30am

Designing and Implementing Projects that Deliver Policy Intent

Michael Campbell, Senior Consultant, AEC Group

Place-based Investible Business Cases

Robert Prestipino, Vital Places Pty Ltd

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

10:30am - 11:00am

Morning Tea

SEGRA Regional Best Practice Showcase (case studies)

11:00am - 12:30pm

1. Regional Success Stories

2. Building Resilience

3. Sustainability

4. Infrastructure

5. Developing and Delivering Programs

12:30pm - 1:30pm


Spotlight Sessions

1:30pm - 3:30pm

6. Regional Production and Conservation Landscapes

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

8. Factors Influencing the Success of Regional Businesses

9. Regional Education and Employment Opportunities

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

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Afternoon Tea

Plenary Sessions

4:00pm - 4:40pm

The Challenge 2015-16 Pitch

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

4:40pm - 4:55pm

Etheridge Presentation

Michael Kitzelmann, Chief Executive Officer, Etheridge Shire Council

4:55pm - 5:00pm

Challenge Winner Announcement

5:00pm - 5:15pm

Regional Australia Raise Your Voice

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

5:15pm - 5:30pm

Announcement of 2016 Host Region

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


2016 Host Region Drinks


Conference Dinner and SEGRA Short Film Festival

Proud sponsors of the SEGRA Short Film Festival


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Conference Day 3 - Practical Progress


Business Breakfast


Collaborative Investment for Catalyst Infrastructure
Robert Prestipino, Director, Vital Places Pty Ltd


9:00am - 1:00pm

1. Geotrails: creating new journeys for geotourism

2. Right Start Right Project

3. Free Trade Agreements

4. Murray-Darling Basin Round Table

Study Tours

9:00am - 1:00pm

*except Study Tour 6 (8:30am - 3:00pm)

5. Events in Regional Australia: the Bathurst story

6. Taste Orange: celebrating food festival success