Australian Regional Development Conference

The Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014. There is also the addition of 6 optional workshops being held on Friday 17th October 2014.

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Over 60 speakers will discuss the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development in regional Australia. The aim of the conference is to advance economic and social outcomes for regional Australia. The conference provides the opportunity to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of regional Australia. The Australian Regional Development Conference will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with 6 optional workshops being held on Friday 17th October 2014 – view the program here

The conference will address

  • Economic development opportunities for business and job creation
  • Social inclusion issues of unemployment; education completion rates, health delivery and community development
  • Planning and building challenges of land use application, refurbishment and renewal in a regional setting
  • Sustainability and liveable communities principles
  • How to meet the challenging in uncertain times; climate change, population shifts, natural disasters, droughts, mining boom and agriculture adjustments
  • Infrastructure challenges for freight to distribute products from regional Australia to urban and overseas export markets


  • Renewable energy and energy supply
  • Natural resource management including water management
  • Planning and Building with focus on small inland town, regional cities and coastal developments
  • Social and recreation developments – cultural, sporting, historic precincts and services
  • Economic development of major regional industries including agriculture, mining and tourism
  • Community Service Delivery with a focus on health, housing affordability/access and special attention to aged care services
  • Employment –  job creation, skilled migration and unemployment
  • Education and Training – regional universities and vocational training
  • Government – policy, funding and evaluation
  • Infrastructure and Transport stream – Road Freight, Rail, shipping and ports, regional airports/airlines, passengers services,
  • Digital – broadband technology, colocation of services

Confirmed Keynotes include:

  • Associate Professor Trevor Budge AM, Manager, Strategy City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus
  • Adjunct Professor Tony Sorensen, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England
  • Professor John Cole, Executive Director, Institute for Resilient Regions, University of Southern Queensland
  • Professor Y. Jay Guo, Research Director, Smart and Secure Infrastructure, Digital Productivity and Services National Flagship, CSIRO
  • Mr Mark Glover, Principal, Renewed Carbon
  • Professor Kate Auty, The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria and Chair, National Rural Law and Justice Alliance
  • Ms Sylvia Burbery, General Manager, MARS Petcare Australia
  • Mr Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Ai Group
  • Ms Alexandra Gartman, CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
  • Professor Max Finlayson, Professor for Ecology & Biodiversity, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

To register for this Conference please visit the Conference Website

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