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SEGRA Walks the Talk

July 2017 – Edition 24

SEGRA 2017 – Disruption: a catalyst for change

Upper Spencer Gulf, SA

24-27 October 2017

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Regional, rural and remote Australia accounts for nearly 95% of our country. It is both vast and diverse. It is exposed to constant change and unpredictability. This has made regional Australia innovative, adaptive and resilient.

The SEGRA 2017 Conference theme "Disruption – a catalyst for change" acknowledges the challenges and the opportunities.

Our outstanding line up of keynote speakers will focus on the impacts of disruption on communities, their leaders and businesses and how to organisationally prepare for and adapt to the new conditions.

Curated Spotlight Sessions will enable delegates to hear from practitioners with both knowledge and experience of their field as well as consider how issues might play out over time and discuss the implications for their own sphere of influence.

SEGRA is known for its generation of new ideas and fresh approaches to regional development. This year, as well as the nationally recognised SEGRA Challenge, the conference will feature a World Cafe where ideas can be shared and shaped into big ideas to take forward into the next twelve months. Visit the links below to register and ensure you are part of this important conversation.

Keynote Speakers Confirmed

Ian Aitken, CEO, UniSono Pty Ltd

The Hon Geoff Brock MP, Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Local Government, Government of South Australia

Kate Charters, Director, Mangement Solutions (Qld) and Founding Member of SEGRA

Dave Clare, Author, Speaker, Coach and Facilitator,

Anthony Hogan, Fellow, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

Mayor Sam Johnson, Mayor, Port Augusta Regional Council and Chair, Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group

James Mabbott, Partner, Head of KPMG Innovate, KPMG Australia

Steve Marafiote, Managing Director, Sundrop Farms

The Hon Fiona Nash, Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Regional Development, Parliament of Australia

John Sheridan, CEO, Digital Business Insights

SEGRA Program at a glance

Tuesday 24 October
Researchers' Forum
Industry Forum
Mayoral Welcome Cocktail Reception

Wednesday 25 October
Plenary Program - Disruption & Innovation
Spotlight Sessions
SEGRA 2017-18 Challenge Pitch and World Café
Networking Dinner

Thursday 26 October
Plenary Program - Catalysing Change
Spotlight Sessions
Plenary Program Continued
Conference Dinner & SEGRA Short Film Festival

Friday, 27 - Saturday, 28 October 2017
Study Tour 1 - Flinders Ranges
Study Tour 2 - Clare Valley (Friday only)
Study Tour 3 - Eyre Peninsula

Central Oval Port Augusta
Wadlata Outback Centre

SEGRA Conference Study Tours

Study Tour 1 - Flinders Ranges
Date: Friday, 27 - Saturday, 28 October 2017
Many people regard the Flinders Ranges & Outback as the ultimate travel destination in Australia. The combination of pioneering history, wide-open spaces, rich Aboriginal heritage and an excellent range of accommodation. With some of the oldest geological formations on the planet and abundant native wildlife such as emus, kangaroos and wedge-tail eagles, there’s always something new to see.

The Flinders Ranges Study Tour will depart Port Augusta at 8:30am on Friday 27 October and return to Port Augusta at 4:30pm on Saturday 28 October. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit some of South Australia's most historic sites such as the Wadlata Outback Centre, Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society, Great Northern Lodge, Jeff Morgan's Art Gallery and Wilpena Pound.

Study Tour 2 - Clare Valley
Date: Friday, 27 October 2017

The Clare Valley region is for those who seek substance and authenticity, who take the road less travelled and enjoy taking a moment to appreciate what life has to offer. Winemaking in the Clare Valley stretches back over 160 years and today there are more than 35 cellar doors in the region – each quite distinct in its approach to winemaking.

The Clare Valley Study Tour will depart Port Augusta via bus at 8:30am on Friday 27 October and return to Port Augusta at 4:30pm. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit some of South Australia's most historic sites such as Blessing/Orrock, CocoLaura, Stanley Flat, Knappstein, Mr Mick, Sevenhill, Polish Hill, Watervale, Leasingham, and Auburn.

Study Tour 3 - Eyre Peninsula
Date: Friday, 27 - Saturday, 28 October 2017

The Eyre Peninsula is Australia's Seafood Frontier and truly one of nature's wonderful playgrounds with a unique combination of wildlife, landscapes, fishing and seafood.

This tour will depart Port Augusta via bus at 8:30am on Friday 27 October and return to Port Augusta at 4:30pm on Saturday 28 October. On the first day of the study tour delegates will have the opportunity to visit some of South Australia's most historic sites such as Nuttbush, Cowell Oysters, Arno Bay, Lincoln, Shark diving and Tuna swimming.

Please be advised that each study tour is subject to minimum numbers.

Flinders Ranges
Clare Valley
Eyre Peninsula

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Around the Regions

Sundrop Farms

Sundrop Farms is a global leader in sustainable agriculture, growing fresh fruits and vegetables using renewable inputs. Sundrop Farms is a developer, owner and operator of high tech greenhouse facilities which use a number of technology solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. Sundrop Farms opened its first pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, in 2010 (operating as Seawater Greenhouse Australia Pty Ltd).

The future of food supply regions and markets of the future will both be on the agenda at SEGRA this year, in particular we are looking to hearing from the Managing Director of Sundrop Farms, Steve Marafiote on Wednesday 25 October. Steve has held roles of Managing Director and CEO for more than 12 years in multinational businesses within the produce and food industries, including Australian Quality Plus, National Food Industry Strategy and Chiquita. Most recently, Steve was the CEO of the South Australian Potato Company, one of Australia’s major farming, washing and packing operations. He is a former Chair of the South Australian Premiers Food Council, has exported to more than 35 countries, and has won multiple business awards for his commercial acumen and ability to develop multi-faceted and vertically integrated businesses. He comes from three generations of farming and retail operations within the horticulture industry.

Sundrop Farms Port Augusta
Sundrop team members

South Australia using disruption as a catalyst for change

The Upper Spencer Gulf leads the way in using disruption as a catalyst for change. Come to SEGRA 2017 in Port Augusta to learn more about not just their initiatives but the secret to their success.

The Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors and MPs gathered in Port Pirie recently to share progress on a wide range of regional initiatives around higher education, transport, defence and event tourism. They also received updates on the sale of the Whyalla Steelworks, the Port Pirie smelter transformation and the status of Port Augusta’s push for a solar thermal power station. The quarterly meeting brings together elected leaders from local, state and federal spheres of government to discuss common challenges and potential solutions and identify opportunities for collaborative effort.

Members of the forum are Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson, Port Pirie Mayor John Rohde and Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer, along with the South Australian Labor member for Giles, Eddie Hughes, Liberal member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan and Independent member for Frome Geoff Brock, and Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey.

Attribution: this article first appeared in Whyalla News on 27 July 2017.

Member for Frome Geoff Brock, Port Pirie Mayor John Rohde, Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson, Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer and Member for Giles, Eddie Hughes at the most recent ‘Upper Spencer Gulf Mayors and MPs forum’ in Port Pirie.

Gupta Steel Works

British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, heralded as the saviour of the Whyalla steelworks, believes the “sky’s the limit” for the plant’s potential and plans to immediately increase production.

Mr Gupta toured the Arrium steelworks on Monday morning, just days after his GFG Alliance group received approval from creditors for its purchase – and 15 months after it was placed into voluntary administration.

He revealed his short-term plan was to invest more than $1 billion into the plant, but the long-term plan would be “far more exciting and far more grand in terms of steel capacity”.

“Potentially, this place has the infrastructure, the port, the layout, the mining, all of it to be a substantial steel plant of several million tonnes,” Mr Gupta said.

He said Arrium’s steel capacity would initially be expanded from 1.2 million tonnes to more than 1.5 million tonnes, but in the future “you could see this becoming a five-to-10-million-tonne plant, who knows”.

Attribution: this article first appeared in The Advertiser on 17 July 2017.

Sanjeev Gupta visits the Arrium steelworks in Whyalla. Picture: AAP Image/David Mariuz
Sanjeev Gupta meets with workers at the Arrium steelworks. Picture: Bianca De Marchi

Outback Pilot Training

International students will learn to fly in the clear skies above Leigh Creek as part of a trial to boost activity in the Outback town. Flight Training Adelaide will launch a six-week trial from the end of July which will enable students to complete part of its commercial pilot training course at Leigh Creek. It is hoped the venture will bring economic benefits to the town which has suffered employment and population losses since the Leigh Creek coal mine closed in late 2015.

This is another great example of South Australia using disruption as a catalyst for change. Come to SEGRA 2017 at Port Augusta, Upper Spencer Gulf where Disruption: a catalyst for change is the focusing theme.

The SEGRA 2017 action agendas will examine feature activities that individuals, communities and regions can do to stay relevant and not get overtaken by change.
• Politics and the regions – government, political and business leadership
• What will the market want into the future?
• Are growth regions born or made?
• Funding the regions
• 24/7 Renewable Energy
• Future of Food Supply Regions
• Innovation and Technology: opportunities for regional Australia
• Entrepreneurship and Investment in Regional Australia.
• Geotourism

Attribution: this article first appeared in The Advertiser on July 24 2017

Light planes at a Parafield airport flight training school

Elon Musk to build the world's largest lithium ion battery in South Australia

South Australia has announced Elon Musk's Tesla as the principal builder of the world's largest lithium ion battery to expand the state's renewable energy supply.

The mega-project will be built in conjunction with French renewable energy firm Neoen and paired with Neoen's existing Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, north of Adelaide.

SA Premier Jay Weatherill said the "extraordinary collaboration" would deliver a grid-scale battery that would "stabilise the South Australian network as well as putting downward pressure on prices".

The project is intended to sustain 100 megawatts of power and store 129 megawatt hours, which could power about 30,000 homes according to Tesla.

Attribution: this article first appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on July 7 2017.

Tesla Founder Elon Musk. Photo: ABC
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill (right) with Treasurer and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis. Photo: AAP

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New Publications

What's over the horizon? Recognising opportunity in uncertainty

In the sixth edition of Deloitte's Building the Lucky Country series, they ask what’s over the horizon? A question frequently asked in an increasingly uncertain world, the answer is more difficult to predict. The key to moving forward is seeking better and more detailed information about a wider range of possible futures. In What’s over the horizon? Recognising opportunity in uncertainty, they take a close look at three plausible futures for Australia.

Key takeaways for navigating uncertainty:

There's more at stake than ever before: Rising uncertainty means that change can arrive faster, and that it's consequences can be more unexpected. In turn, that says the value of thinking about plausible futures has risen a lot.

But we're in the same old rut: Despite that, most organisations haven't really changed the depth, frequency or methods of how they think about what may come next.

Fight uncertainty with information about the future: The future may be uncertain, but it isn't entirely unknown. The better the information you can bring to bear, the smarter your strategy can be. Scenario planning is one way to get better information.

Use this improved information to test your strategy: It makes sense to test your existing strategy against a range of plausible outcomes.

And to build an advantaged portfolio: Take the results from your tests to better understand how your existing strategy can be changed to be more adaptable, more resilient, and more future-proofed.

Look beyond everything you already know that might have an effect on your business. You're already focused on these things. Think instead about how you deal with the situations you don't even know exist yet. This is where true uncertainty lies.

Attribution: this content first appeared in Deloitte Perspectives

Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity for Regional Australia

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash has launched the Coalition Government's vision statement for rural, regional and remote Australia: Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity in Broken Hill.

The Regions 2030 statement outlines the government's vision for regional Australia and the key initiatives helping to achieve that vision.

“Regional development is about having a vision for what we want regional communities to look like in 20 years. It's about making sure we create both careers and jobs in our communities so our children and grandchildren can lead fulfilling lives. It's about developing ways our young people can receive an excellent education without leaving the community they grew up in. It's about building the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to".

Attribution: this content first appeared in Regions 2030: Unlocking Opportunity for Regional Australia

National Cities Performance Framework

The Australian Government's Smart Cities Plan is committed to creating the foundations for success across all cities and regional centres. Delivering on this commitment starts with common goals, agreed across governments, and an ability to measure their delivery over time. The National Cities Performance Framework supports this approach, measuring the performance of Australia's largest cities.

The Performance Framework will be the first of its kind in Australia, bringing together critical data in an easily accessible online format. In one location, you will be able to track the performance of cities across key measures: jobs and skills; infrastructure and investment; liveability and sustainability; innovation and digital opportunities; governance, planning and regulation; and housing.

The Performance Framework will support all governments to better target, monitor and evaluate cities policy. It will be key to the Government's commitment to continuous improvement through City Deals.

Mapping performance indicators to policy priorities
The Government recognises that some indicators can provide insight into multiple policy priorities. The six Smart Cities policy priorities provide a practical reference point for the Performance Framework, however, as all priorities are aimed at making more productive and liveable cities, they necessarily overlap in places. This is particularly the case for the ‘liveability and sustainability’ policy priority, which has many links to the ‘housing’, ‘jobs and skills’ and other priorities. For example, the homelessness rate indicator could have been placed under liveability (given the social implications of homelessness), but was instead placed under housing because many policy levers for addressing homelessness are managed by housing portfolios. Ultimately, the allocation of many indicators were line ball decisions. In the end, the Government took the view that the mapping to priorities is less important than ensuring all key indicators are included and individually justified.

Attribution: this content first appeared in the National Cities Performance Framework Interim Report

SEGRA Resource Centre

Have you visited the SEGRA Resource centre which contains previous conference papers, conference communiqués and recent publications about Regional Australia from institutions including the Productivity Commission, Deloitte, ABS and APO?

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SEGRA 2017 Accommodation Providers

Majestic Oasis Apartments

Address: Marryatt St, Port Augusta, SA 5700
Phone: (08) 8648 9000
Distance to conference venue: 4min drive / 17min walk

The Majestic Oasis Apartments are located three hours north of Adelaide in Port Augusta, SA, gateway to the Flinders Ranges and Outback. This 4-star property features 75 modern studio, one and two bedroom self-contained apartments overlooking the stunning foreshore development and water of the Upper Spencer Gulf.

Studio Apartment
Superior One Bedroom Apartment

Standpipe Golf Motor Inn

Address: 3-2 Daw St, Port Augusta West, SA 5700
Phone: (08) 8642 4033
Distance to conference venue: 5min drive / 37min walk

The Standpipe, a well-known Port Augusta Hotel, offers quality motel accommodation surrounded by landscape gardens, an 18-hole golf course, grand dining homestead, with an emphasis on fine food & wine, complimented by discerning personal service.

Standpipe Golf Motor Inn
Deluxe Suite

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