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SEGRA - Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia

SEGRA 2012 Conference Program

Tuesday 20 November

PLENARY SESSION: Maximising Regional Opportunities Through Innovation

8:30 Why Innovation Policy Is Regional Development Policy [Presentation] Prof. Jason Potts, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, University of Queensland
9:00 Regional Trends and the Economy: what next? [Presentation] Chris Richardson, Director, Deloitte Access Economics
9:30 Being Clever is No Longer Enough [Presentation] Brad Howarth, Freelance journalist, speaker and author of A Faster Future
10:00 Working Across Borders to Build SME Networks in Remote or Fragmented Regions [Presentation] Mike Crowe, Director, Desert Knowledge Australia Outback Business Networks

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Session 1: Workforce Planning
11:00 AgriFood - Make It Work: what's making it work [Presentation]

Neil Jacobsen, GM, Regional Workforce Development and Strategy, Agrifood Skills Australia

11:30 Planning for a Sustainable and Responsive Health and Community Services Workforce in Regional Queensland [Presentation]

Vicky Meyer, Policy and Products Coordinator, Business Development Unit, Health and Community Services Workforce Council

Co-presenter: Carmel Marshall, Diocesan Planning and Development Manager, Centacare Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton

12:00 Regional Workforce Planning in the Hume Region: a case study [Presentation]

Jenny Hoysted, Associate, Workforce Planning Australia

Co-presenter: Rowena Allen, Chair, Hume Workforce Development Committee, Local Government Victoria

 
Session 2: Delivering Multi-Stakeholder Projects
11:00 Risks for Whom? Industrial Culture and Community Engagement in the Coal, Oil, Gas and Electricity Sectors [Presentation]

Dr. Declan Kuch, Research Academic, Centre for Social Research in Energy and Resources, University of Newcastle

11:30 Collaboration Along the Outback Way: Australia's longest shortcut [Presentation]

Helen Lewis, General Manager, Outback Highway Development Council Inc

12:00 Heartlands WA: collaborative bang for the Wheatbelt buck [Presentation]

Carol Redford, Senior Project Officer, Wheatbelt Development Commission and Heartlands WA

Co-presenter: Suzanne Woods, Chair, Heartlands WA Inc.

 
Session 3: Carbon: social and economic implications
11:00 Transiting Cities & Low Carbon Futures

Dr. Rosalea Monacella, Associate Professor, Architecture & Design, RMIT University

11:30 Looking at Climate and Carbon in the Regions: finding the silver lining [Presentation]

Dr. Greg Picker, Associate Director – Environment, AECOM

12:00 Understanding Online Climate Publics: mobilising and contesting energy futures [Presentation]

Asha Titus, Research Academic, Centre for Social Research in Energy and Resources, University of Newcastle

 
Session 4: RED Strategies
11:00 Learning to Articulate - The School, TAFE and University Experience [Presentation]

Jillian Albrecht, Manager, Recognition and Pathways, Customer Support Services, The Hunter Institute of TAFE NSW

Co-presenter: Lisa Campbell, Project Officer for Higher Education, Recognition and Pathways Unit, The Hunter Institute of TAFE NSW

11:30 The RAI Competitiveness Index: developing a positive agenda for regional Australia [Presentation]

Jack Archer, General Manager, Research and Policy, Regional Australia Institute

12:00 Sustainable Malanda: a case study of economic re-invigoration of a rural town in decline through triple bottom line methodology [Presentation]

Christine Doan, Founder, Sustainable Malanda

 
Session 5: Sustaining Innovation in Regional Settings
11:00 Growing Regional Innovation Companies into Global Markets [Presentation]

John Johnston, Managing Director, Pyksis Pty Ltd

Co-presenter: Mark Gustowski, Global Development Manager, Pyksis Pty Ltd

11:30 Profiling Rockhampton’s Regional Business Cohort: identifying opportunities for innovation clusters [Presentation]

Dr. Susan Kinnear, Senior Research Officer, Centre for Environmental Management, CQ University Australia

12:00 Connecting Work Design and Regional Ecosystems: fostering innovation in high-technology firms [Presentation]

Dr. Ashish Malik, Lecturer, Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle

CONVERSATION PITS

Conversation Pit 1: Innovation Champions Program

The Central Coast of NSW is one of ten designated areas under the Innovative Regions Centre initiative funded by Enterprise Connect. A pilot program has commenced to develop and nurture the Coast’s innovation champions under this initiative. This program is built on major research in the field of innovation management and is a great example of how universities can transfer knowledge and engage with local communities. This session will provide a comprehensive understanding of the program with results from the monitoring discussed by the Central Coast Research Foundation.

Chair

Dr. Anton Kriz, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle [Presentation]

Panellists

- Courtney McGregor, PhD Student, University of Newcastle

- Caroline Veldhuizen, Senior Research Fellow, Central Coast Research Foundation [Presentation]

 
Conversation Pit 2: Optimising Multipliers from Regional Development

Successful regional development strategy requires steps beyond community agreement to words on paper. Implementation relies on leadership, empowerment, collaboration, and several innovative implementation brokers" to achieve a region united under one strategic plan. This workshop will present a number of case studies for discussion.

Chair

Peter Brown, Business Development Manager, NSW Trade & Investment, Central Coast [Presentation]

Speaker

Sean Weier, Team Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff

 
Conversation Pit 3: Building Clusters that Work in Vast and/or Fragmented Regions

Clusters in rural, regional and remote Australia face particular challenges. Drawing on the internationally acclaimed OBN, this conversation pit will look at the affiliation of host and partner organisations building collaboration and SME needs in a variety of regional circumstances.

Chair

Mike Crowe, Director, Desert Knowledge Australia Outback Business Networks

Panellists

- Hugh Gallagher, CEO, Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry

- Claire Wiseman, CEO, RDA Far North SA

 
Conversation Pit 4: Regional Centres, SuperTowns and other Growth Plans

The workshop will look at the role of government and the private sector in the development of Australian regional towns – planning for the future. What infrastructure do we need? What do we focus on? How do we get there?

Chair

Michael Campbell, Senior Consultant, AECgroup Limited [Presentation]

Panellists

- Lynette O’Reilly, GM SuperTowns, Department of Regional Development & Lands, Government of WA

- Mal Osborne, LGA CEO/RDA Chair, Local Government/RDA Network, Shire of Esperance/RDAGE WA [Presentation]

- Geoff Frost, Research Leader, DIT, Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics [Presentation]

CLOSING PLENARY

16:00

Official Launch of AECgroup SEE Index

Michael Campbell, Senior Consultant, AECgroup Limited

16:10 PANEL - Regional Australia Raise Your Voice: key issues for the next decade
 

Chair

Assoc. Prof. Geoff Cockfield, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business, University of Southern Queensland

 

Panellists

- Su McCluskey, CEO, Regional Australia Institute

- Cr. Doug Eaton, Mayor, Wyong Shire Council

- Angus M Robinson, Chairman, Embedded Systems Australia

- Assoc Prof. Peter Waterman, SEGRA NSC, Managing Director, Environmental Managements Services Pty Ltd

- Cr Rod Macdonald, Portfolio for Economic Development and Planning, City of Greater Geelong

[Summary]

Wednesday 21 November

PLENARY SESSION: Leveraging Opportunity in Regional Australia

8:30 Creating Organisational Effectiveness [Presentation] Brian Ramsay, Managing Director, Inovact Consulting
9:00 The Role of Universities in Unleashing Rural Ingenuity [Presentation] Prof. Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University
9:30 The Importance of Innovation and Collaboration in Driving Regional Growth The Hon Greg Combet AM MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
10:00 Aboriginal Engagement in the Real Economy [Presentation] Sean Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Session 1: Strategies for Managing Land Use Conflicts/Land Use Policy

Chair

Peter Fryar, Manager, Development Services, Wyong Shire Council

11:00 An Innovative Approach to Managing Competing Land Use on Unproductive Soils in the NE Wheatbelt of Western Australia [Presentation]

Mike Clarke, Senior Development Officer, Agricultural Resource Risk Management, Northern Agricultural Region, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

11:30 Assessing Climate Vulnerability: a practical, low cost and collaborative approach [Presentation]

Kelly-Anne Saffin, CEO RDA Yorke/Mid North

Co-presenter: Anita Crisp, Executive Officer, Central Local Governement Region of Councils, SA

12:00 National Parks in Regional and Rural NSW: what do land acquisitions mean for local councils and communities? [Presentation]

Elizabeth Heagney, Senior Economist, Economics Services and Reform Section, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Co-presenter: Mladen Kovac, Chief Economist, Office of Environment and Heritage, Regulatory Economics Group

 
Session 2: Regional City Centres: making them work

Chair

Michael Whittaker, General Manager, Wyong Shire Council

11:00 Social & Community Enterprise in Local Government [Presentation]

Glenn Cannard, Team Leader, Community and Cultural Development, Wyong Shire Council

Co-presenter: Julie Vaughan, Manager of Community and Cultural Development, Wyong Shire Council

11:30 Can Infrastructure Promote Regional Growth AND Local Lifestyle?

Robert Prestipino, Director, Vital Places Pty Ltd [Presentation]

12:00 Ambidextrous Regions

Alexandra Kriz, PhD Candidate, International Business, University of Sydney [Presentation]

Co-presenter: Dr. Anton Kriz, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle

 
Session 3: Attracting and Securing a Regional Workforce

Chair

Rob Kitchen, Senior Development Manager, Central Coast Regional Development Corporation

11:00 Perceptions of Innovation in Regional Australia: views from SEGRA delegates [Presentation]

Dr. Susan Kinnear, Senior Research Officer, Centre for Environmental Management, CQ University Australia

11:30 Beyond the Farm Gate [Presentation]

Caroline Robinson, Director, Solum; Wheatbelt Business Solutions

12:00 The Perfect Storm [Presentation]

Margaret Goody, Director & HR Specialist, Akyra Strategy and Development

 
Session 4: We Have the Data: what are your questions?

Chair

Peter Henderson, Environmental Management Services

11:00 Regional Indicators and Whole of Economy Measures: a discussion of regional economic data in Australia [Presentation]

Andrea Woods, Assistant Director, Rural and Regional Statistics National Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Co-presenter: Juliet Hester, REDD Project Manager, Rural and Regional Statistics National Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics

11:30 Scenario Planning for Melbourne’s Peri-Urban Region: a spatial framework for examining urban planning options for focused regional development [Presentation]

Bill Fish, Regional Planning Program Manager, Spatial Vision Innovations Pty Ltd

12:00 How Do We SEE Ourselves? Benchmarking Regional Australia by LGA across Social, Economic and Environmental Indicatiors.

Michael Campbell, Senior Consultant, AECgroup Limited

 
Session 5: Food Systems and Planning

Chair

Kate Charters, Convenor, SEGRA

11:00 Sustainable Regional Food Systems: assessing the energy intensity of food chains

Ms Marie-Chantale Pelletier, PhD Candidate, School of Environmental Science & Engineering, Southern Cross University

Co-author: Assoc. Prof. Caroline A Sullivan, School of Environmental Science & Engineering, Southern Cross University

11:30 Environmental Revolutions: Australia’s SME’s and their Supply Chains – a mind method investigation of the greater Melbourne Region [Presentation]

Dr. Aharon Factor, Lecturer, Faculty of Higher Education, Swinburne University of Technology

CONVERSATION PITS

Conversation Pit 1: Implementing Sustainability Solutions: making it happen

OK... so you've got a great idea for a new invention, process or system to make the world sustainable but what do you do next? Be part of a conversation to learn from people who have gone before you and unlock the secret to their successes and the wisdom from their failures. This session will be appropriate no matter how 'advanced' you are in implementing sustainability solutions.

Chair

Ashley Bland, Sustainability Manager, Skillset, Bathurst NSW [Presentation]

Panellists

- Kelly Nunn-Clarke, Nu-Tech Energy Systems Pty. Ltd [Presentation]

- David Jacobs, Director, Nu-Tech Energy Systems Pty. Ltd

- Steven Hill, Consulting Energy Specialist, Nu-Tech Energy Systems Pty. Ltd

- Dr Gary Ellem, Project Manager – Future Industries, Tom Farrell Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Newcastle [Presentation]

 
Conversation Pit 2: Maximising Systems: building dynamic capability

The various trends, issues and new developments such as the roll-out of the NBN that will shape the success of regional enterprises are well described. How enterprises should respond is less clear. What this session will explore are the practical approaches and insights that can be applied by regional enterprises to build their capability to adapt to change in a strategic way. Panellists with a diversity of experience in helping enterprises achieve meaningful outcomes on the ground will share their learning and ideas with those of participants

Chair

Brian Ramsay, Managing Director, Inovact Consulting

Panellists

- Margaret Goody, Director & HR Specialist, Akyra Strategy and Development [Presentation]

- Glenn Cannard, Team Leader, Community and Cultural Development, Wyong Shire Council

- Belinda McRobie, Social Planner, Community and Cultural Development, Wyong Shire Council [Presentation]

 
Conversation Pit 3: Keeping it Local: coordinating local and regional development funding

Funding for local and regional development is variously dependent on the state of national, state and local economies, the political cycle and priorities and the profitability and community obligations of companies. This conversation will be about some ways of getting more from this uneven flow of funding and in particular, using regional and community foundations, or similar arrangements to coordinate and encourage funding from private and public sources. Participants will hear about developments in the US and some local experiences and will be invited to help develop the idea further for the Australian context.

Chair

Assoc. Prof. Geoff Cockfield, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business, University of Southern Queensland [Presentation]

Panellists

- Paul Niederer, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB) [Presentation]

- Chris Pursehouse, State Community Strengthening Manager NSW, Bendigo Bank [Presentation]

 
Conversation Pit 4: We Have the Data: what are your questions?

Roy Morgan Research will run an interactive session answering questions from conference delegates from its continuous, nationwide business and consumer single source survey. This data enables a detailed understanding of business and consumer confidence, outlook, financial performance, technology adoption as well as social, political and environmental issues. Businesses can be profiled by region, size and industry classification etc. Consumers can be profiled by region, age, gender, income, education etc.

Chair

Geoffrey Smith, Sydney General Manager, Roy Morgan Research

CLOSING PLENARY

16:00 – 17:15 Regional Australia Raise Your Voice: moving the agenda forward
 

Chair

Assoc. Prof. Geoff Cockfield, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business, University of Southern Queensland

 

Panellists

- Cr. Lawrie McKinna, Mayor, Gosford Shire Council

- Ken Kipping AM, National Consumer Representative & Government Liason, MoTOURing Australia

- Prof. Daniela Stehlik, Chair of RIRDC and Professor of Sociology at Charles Darwin University

- Cassandra Stipanicev, NSC SEGRA, Manager Business Development, Shire of Cranbrook WA

- The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government and the Arts (speaker to be advised)

[Summary]

 

Launch of Book

“Regional Advantage and Innovation: Achieving Australia’s National Outcomes.”

   

- Dr. Susan Kinnear, Senior Research Officer, Centre for Environmental Management, CQ University Australia

- Prof. Daniela Stehlik, Chair of RIRDC and Professor of Sociology at Charles Darwin University

[Presentation]

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