Workshop Session Profiles
Workshop 1. Developing Future Ready Skills for your region
There is a lot of speculation about what jobs will look like with advancements in technology and environmental changes in the world. Anticipating the future of service industries and embracing new technologies will be critical to future business success. Businesses will be looking at how to achieve technological and process breakthroughs that generate growth and retain a lean constantly learning and upskilling workforce.
Key issues to be discussed in this workshop include:
- Strategies for engaging people in lifelong learning.
- What are the best institutional arrangements are available for providing appropriate in place knowledge and skills. development access e.g. research, technical support, industry and consulting.
- Creating opportunities that lead to interconnected and globalised economy.
Chair: Anna Dixon, Principal Consultant, CreativeIQ
Workshop 2. Sustaining Coastal Regions
South Australia's marine and coastal environments are internationally recognised for their biological diversity. Because of the physical setting of the coastal and marine systems and the care shown in managing the environmental values, many of the marine plants, fish and other animals in our waters are more abundant here than anywhere else.
This session will examine the sustaining of coastal regions through the lens of three interconnected topics:
- Dynamic Coastal Systems addressing at the national and jurisdictional scales how current models can be applied to coastal planning and resources management.
- Vulnerable Coastal Systems will focus on how Local Government, regional communities and economic enterprises can prepare for and accommodate changing climatic conditions in the coastal zone.
- Viable Coastal Infrastructure and Habitation Systems will be considered through an integrated overview of the socio-economic setting and dynamics for sustaining coastal regions.
Chair: Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University.
Workshop 3. Future of Food Supply Regions
In Australia we see the push for twelve months’ supply in several horticultural crops for example:
- Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
- Avocados, bananas
- Tomatoes, capsicum, chillies.
Also there is currently a huge surge in exports and continued export opportunities to tap into global markets and demand for fresh and value added products across the agricultural and horticultural sectors.
The Agricultural and horticultural industries are driving an AgTech revolution.
The use of a suite of technologies has ensured that Sundrop can provide guaranteed supply of product to suppliers, in this case Coles. Could there be replication of this across Australia for other crops and what would this mean for regional economies. What will further advances in technology mean for this area and new opportunities to insulate crops from seasonal fluctuations could the same be done for seasonal fruits by artificial manipulation of the season – cherries, stonefruits, apples and pears. What job opportunities will be generated? What technological research is going to mean into the future? What does his hold for the role of local, state and federal government and private investment?
Chair: Simon Boughey, Consultant, Boughey and Associates and SEGRA National Steering Committee.
Workshop 4 - Tourism of Tomorrow
For many regional centres, the core foundation for attraction promotion, interpretive information and co-ordination is the visitor information centre (VIC) which usually operates under the direction of a Local Tourism Organisation (LTO), often with linkages to Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs). It is therefore critical to provide a model to assist RTOs (where appropriate), LTOs, VIC managers and stakeholders (including local communities) to understand their respective roles and maximise outcomes.
This session will look at a number of key issues relating to attraction promotions, interpretive information for visitors, and the opportunities that might arise of industry co- ordination and collaboration particularly as they relate particularly to LTOs and VICs, but also more broadly to marketing, digital technology and the visitor experience.
Chair: Angus M. Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®