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SEGRA Walks the Talk

September 2016 – Edition 20

SEGRA 2016 – Naturally Stronger Regions: realising the potential


26–28 OCTOBER 2016

Day Two Spotlight Sessions at SEGRA

SEGRA is designed as a highly networked interactive conference.

Each day, themes are explored through panels, case studies, group discussions and Q & A,

Day two of the conference features 7-11 of our Spotlight Sessions.

Spotlight 7 - Regional Tourism and Geotourism

The natural environment should be a strong driver of destination tourism for regional Australia. Geotourism is a rapidly emerging global phenomenon which fosters nature-based tourism based upon geology and landscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment, all of which serves to shape the character of a region and to enhance the total visitor experience. Geotourism attractions are now being developed around the world primarily as a sustainable development tool for local and regional communities. To maximise the potential for nature-based tourism, it is an imperative to bring key stakeholders together to build on current state and territory based strategic plans, previous successes, lessons and learnings. This session will include discussions of strategies to advance nature based tourism to embrace the emerging interest in geotourism. The session will also outline the experiences and opportunities of focused, innovative and collaborative approaches to regional tourism, and how regions can make best use of the application of digital technologies to provide visitors with a wealth of information about the natural environment.

Spotlight 8 - Emerging Economic Development Opportunities

Economic development is often the Holy Grail for regional growth. It is driven by passion and vison. However the principles and process for developing an investable business case around these opportunities is often elusive. Critical factors in achieving sustainable growth include community values, institutional requirements and arrangements and business investment alignment. Often regional communities have great ideas but they are hard to get off the ground – lack of funding, failure to align with community values or institutional strategic priorities are commonly cited reasons. Often it is about scale, footprint and connectivity. Through a series of case studies, this session will focus on the interplay of these factors and explore a range of possible responses to the challenges; and highlight success factors that have broad implications for maintaining and enhancing sustainable economic development in regional Australia.

Spotlight 9 - Food Industry Innovation

The potential growth of the Australian food industry into the 21st Century is exponential. In Western Australia alone, agrifood products are valued at $20 billion at the retail and export levels with two-thirds of WA agrifood products exported. Additionally, the food manufacturing industry comprises around 1200 businesses in WA. Changing market conditions present real opportunities for growth in the agrifood sector across Australia not to mention flow-ons to other businesses. This session will look at key issues in food industry innovation as they relate to marketing, supply chains, diversification and localism case studies ranging from industry associations to local market systems and government initiatives will all be discussed.

Spotlight 10 - Production Landscapes

Increasingly, there is recognition of the importance of safeguarding our productive landscapes and the options we have available to do so. This in turn highlights what are the biophysical, social and economic implications of various options. Also, it raises questions such as: what we can afford and why we need to invest and what we will be the short and long term results of these investments. Factor into this changes to landscapes due to: continuing land clearing and degrading soil fertility due to farming and grazing practices; changing climatic conditions resulting in reduction in soil moisture and water in storage systems; and vegetation loss from droughts and bushfires. Then add cost imposts of externalities by way of availability of diesel fuel; escalating production and labour force prices. These factors need to be viewed in the context of demographic changes in population nodes and on remote rural and pastoral properties across the regional landscape in response to natural and market forces. On the other side of the equation, we have rapidly emerging opportunities from: market demands for existing and new horticultural and agricultural products; renewable energy such as 24/7 CSP for irrigation pumping, commercial activities and domestic purposes; and infrastructure realities in expanding and maintaining network infrastructure for transporting water, agricultural supplies and produce. Without doubt, the list is innumerable. All this combines to create a rich canvas on which to discuss existing and emerging production landscapes, the focus of this spotlight.

Spotlight 11 - Resilient Communities

Resilience is often described as the ability to bounce back rapidly from setbacks. The attributes that lead to resilience are often to anticipate risk and limit impact. Terms for the behavioural drivers include survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change.

This session will use case studies to consider how communities might prevent and minimise inevitable disruptions to everyday life and their local economies and how to develop to expand, maintain or restore functional community, businesses and essential services capacity whilst achieving economic recovery and growth.

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Researchers Symposium

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 8:30am - 4:00pm at UWA Albany - Free

MORNING SESSION Provocative ideas about making research work for policy development

AFTERNOON SESSION Provocative ideas around outcomes and impact measurement

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SEGRA 2016 Short Film Festival

My Naturally Stronger Community

The theme provides the opportunity to construct a 90 second film highlighting who/what makes your community naturally stronger and why.

The winner will be decided on the best in cinematic storytelling, judging each film on the strength of its story. The winner will receive $1,000 and the runner-up will receive $500 from Bendigo Bank. Filmmakers entering the competition will have their films showcased to an esteemed judging panel.

Entry fee is $50. All shortlisted films will be celebrated at the 2016 SEGRA conference in Albany. The short film competition is open to anyone who wishes to enter – regardless of their background or experience. All shortlisted films will be on show on the big screen and the winner announced at the SEGRA 2016 conference in Albany from 26–28 October.

Submissions Close - 5:00pm AEST, Friday 30 September 2016

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Around the Regions

Regional Collaboration Turbocharged

Regions have to collaborate. Few have the resources to go it alone. And it is an illusion to imagine otherwise.

In this digital revolution, we are all driven individually towards more connection, more collaboration and more integration. It affects what we do, how we do it and it changes our attitude towards others. Power has shifted to the informed customer permanently. And what affects and impacts individuals, impacts the regions they live in.

There is strength in regional collaboration and sharing, Collectively and collaboratively we can achieve far more than we dream of as individuals or single organisations.

And it is that simple fact that led to the Toolbox project.

It was first sparked by the widely published commentary from Canberra two years ago, that “Manufacturing is dead in Australia and we are now a services economy.”

That statement, prompted by the final decision on withdrawal by the major carmakers, and followed by problems in supply chain industries, refineries and steel works, stimulated a lot of discussion and debate about the future of manufacturing.

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Exporting Food to Asia Resource

Last edition we reported on the Resilient Regions Week conducted in Toowoomba recently. During the event Kate Charters from SEGRA met up with Prof Julie Cotter the Director of The Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD) within the University of Southern Queensland. This Centre acts to help farmers, businesses and institutions to develop profitable and sustainable business. The ACSBD work closely with industry and government agencies to understand their challenges and opportunities and to develop solutions.

During our discussions, Kate learnt about one of ACSBD’s current major projects around understanding how to facilitate the transformation of Queensland's agricultural value chains towards high value, premium export products. The project aims to understand which products can provide value add opportunities for Queensland producers and to develop decision support tools to facilitate the expansion of these opportunities.

Within this an analysis was undertaken of exporting packaged beef to China, which included a cost analysis, distribution systems, cold chain logistics and an overview of the changing demographics.

The result of this work is a series called Exporting food to China. Each report is available in PDF format.

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Special Offer for SEGRA Delegates

Thanks to our 2016 Supporter, the Department of Parks and Wildlife WA, SEGRA delegates are being offered:

Free entry to the Tree Top Walk on presentation of conference name badge. Free entry will be valid until the 4th November 2016. Valued at $21 per entry.

Free entry to national parks around Albany (Torndirrup, West Cape Howe, Porongurup, Stirlings and Two Peoples Bay)

Visitors will need to display their conference name badge in the vehicle. Entry valid until 4th November 2016. Valued at $12 per vehicle per park

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Recreational Activities in Albany

Thanks to our 2016 Host Partner, City of Albany, SEGRA delegates have the opportunity to participate in a range of recreational activities in Albany including walks, cycling, runs, canoeing and golf.

Most of these activities are free with bookings required to reserve your place.

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