SEGRA Spotlights Sessions are now a feature of the SEGRA conference. These sessions are carefully curated panels around content-related themes, headlined with speakers with deep knowledge and practical experience with ample time for discussion, questions and answers for participants, to ensure expert knowledge is not just presented but applied to your own specific circumstances.
Spotlight 1 - Politics and the Regions - government, political and business leadership
The age of disruption has brought about a dramatically changing digital, economic, and social landscape. Concurrently, community expectations, needs, and demands are evolving faster than ever before. This spotlight session will focus on:
- What does effective regional/rural/remote leadership require from individuals and organisations?
- How can regional leaders and organisations maximise their political, economic and social power to achieve real and appropriate place-based outcomes
- How do leaders create cohesion in a society and work environments which is so driven by individual autonomy and personal values?
Facilitator: Paul Rosair, Principal, NAJA Business Consulting Services
Spotlight 2 - Innovation and Technology: opportunities for regional Australia
This session brings together leaders in the fields of technology and in particular that of digital and electronic to discuss the:
- changes and disruptions in your community
- opportunities for innovation
- challenges to innovation
- things you might do to advance innovation and the uptake of technology in your area
Facilitator: Rod Macdonald, Partner, Community Broadband Networks and SEGRA National Steering Committee
Spotlight 3 - What will the Market Want into the Future?
This session will look at the long, medium and short term demand opportunities emerging for regional Australia.
- Issues to discuss will include identifying
- opportunities in the rapidly developing marketing segments eg value- conscious demand; information rich experiences, age and gender segments and overseas markets.
- considerations in offsetting low costs and cheaper production locations with product IP control; premium quality and value adding
- legacy infrastructures and preparing for disruption
- Opportunism to use different channels in market entries - e.g. direct selling, multiple marketing partners and adaptions to relationship structure
- political and macro-economic risk factors and how to mitigate them
Facilitator: Dr. Jen Cleary, Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide and Chair, RDA Far North SA, and SEGRA National Steering Committee
Spotlight 4 - 24/7 Renewable Energy
In this interactive Spotlight session issues discussed include:
- If major/multinational energy companies fund large scale renewable energy facilities will regional centres still leak money for the service of electricity?
- For the first time since the mid 20th Century, could local governments now have the capacity to viably provide the service of energy as well as water and other utilities?
- What are the best technologies for any given scale and location?
- What are the optimal distribution systems and models?
- What is the Federal Government attempting to achieve with COAGand the National Energy Productivity Plan and how is it going so far?
Facilitator: Ashley Bland, Senior Manager - Skillset Environment, Skillset
Spotlight 5 - Entrepreneurship and Investment in Regional Australia
As government policy increasingly looks to co-investment models rather than grants, one of the more significant opportunities for economic development practitioners is to provide user friendly and effective processes of testing new and existing ideas for strategic investment initiatives. There now is the potential to develop simple and robust methodologies to allow project proponents to develop better ideas before investing their increasingly scarce resources in the completion of the projects business case. Spotlight 5 will examine Entrepreneurship and investment in the regional context including common challenges, diverse solutions and successful case studies.
Facilitator: Troy Haines, Start-Up & Innovation Coach, theSPACE Cairns
Spotlight 6 - Are growth regions born or made?
This session will consider what drives the economic performance of a region and how to maximise opportunities for growth including developing:
- decentralised planning, decision-making and implementation with local initiatives being determined and facilitated by local stakeholders.
- a wide range of players with much greater cooperation between all stakeholders including all government agencies (Bellamy and Brown, 2009; Mustafa et al., 2003).
- sound governance in order to ensure an accommodation of differences through cooperative actions and effective decision making
- connecting and layering vertical and horizontal integration of initiatives.
- robust regional governance that consists of institutions, systems, processes and relationships through which power is exercised and shared, decisions are made, and revenue is raised.
Facilitator: A/Professor Jeremy Buultjens, outhern Cross Business School, Southern Cross University
Spotlight 7 - Funding the Regions
This session looks at the range of goals and strategies employed by all levels of government through these initiatives to deliver regional outcomes and the interface with private investment.
Key issues to discuss include:
- Where the level of decision –making is located?
- What underpins the measures applied to allocation decisions?
- What sorts of regional impacts are intended?
- Where the benefits fall?
- How might we be proactive in our own regions?
Facilitator: Anthony Bertini, Chairman, Thumper One Pty Ltd
Spotlight 8 - Geotourism
This session will include discussion about issues that have arisen this year as a result of pursuing aspiring geopark developments in Australia as well as examining some local examples of how geotourism concepts are adding value to regional development in South Australia. The use of information systems to manage the dynamics of sustainable tourism development within regional areas will also be discussed.
Facilitator: Angus M. Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®