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Upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia
24–27 October 2017


2017 Conference Proceedings

Wednesday 25 October 2017


Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash, Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Minister for Regional Development
Video Welcome from The Minister
The Hon Geoff Brock MP, Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Local Government, Government of South Australia
Welcome to South Australia
Ian Aitken, CEO, UniSono Pty Limited
Disruption and The 21st Century
Dave Clare, Author, Speaker, Coach and Facilitator,
Leadership in a Disrupting World
James Mabbott, Partner, Head of KPMG, KPMG Australia
How your organisation can prepare for disruption
Mayor Sam Johnson, Mayor of Port Augusta and Chair of Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group
Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group Achieving Change
Steve Marafiote, Managing Director, Sundrop Farms
Sundrop Farms - a global leader in sustainable agriculture using renewable inputs
Grant Alderson, Development Manager, SolarReserve
Renewable Energy in Regional Australia: SolarReserve's Vision
Professor Ross Garnaut, President, SIMEC ZEN Energy
Industrial Revolution for Australia
John Sheridan, CEO, Digital Business Insights
RED Toolbox Launch

Spotlight 1 - Policy and the Regions - government, political and business leadership

Prof. David Adams, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships & Regional Development), The University of Tasmania
The Tertiary Sector's Transformative Influence on Regional Dynamics
Kate Charters, Director, Management Solutions (Qld) and Founding member of SEGRA
Policy and regional, rural and remote Australia
Dr Devaki Monani, Lecturer, Australian Catholic University
Fostering Resilience and Social Inclusion in Immigrant Regional Communities: Role of regional media
Paul Rosair, Principal, NAJA Business Consulting Service
Enabling Strategic Land Use in Northern Australia

Spotlight 2 - Innovation and Technology: opportunities for regional Australia

Ian Aitken, CEO, UniSono Pty Limited
Technology and Innovation
Dr. Jim Taggart, Managing Director, Home Base Business Network
Use your Home Base to Access the World
Dr. Paul Unsworth, Lecturer, University of South Australia
Geo-GO: powering STEM education through the lens of digital learning and regional geo-tourism

Spotlight 3 - What will the Market Want into the Future?

Anthony Bertini, Chairman, Thumper One Pty Ltd
Understanding Future Markets
Ben Gower, CEO, Wattle Range Council
Investment Attraction - China Engagement Strategy: a regional case study
Shaun Miller, Manager Economic Development and Investment, Warrnambool City Council
China Bureau: model for regional Victorian SME business engagement with China
Elizabeth Veitch, Executive Director, Regional Development Australia ACT
The SERREE Model – How to stimulate regional economic development benefits through renewable energy industry development

Spotlight 4 - 24/7 Renewable Energy

Ashley Bland, Senior Operations Manager - Skillset Environment, Skillset
Skillset and Blayney Shire Council Renewable Energy Action Plan
Prof. Peter Ashman, Deputy Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide
Technology under development at the University of Adelaide, cover application in regional SA and future possibilities
Lisa Lumsden, Repower Port Augusta Spokesperson
Repower Port Augusta – a solar future for Port Augusta
Peter Hawkes, Commercial Director, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Energy Plan Implementation Taskforce

Thursday 26 October 2017


Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications and for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Parliament of Australia
Video Presentation - A Vision for Regional Australia
RDA Far North, RDA Yorke and Mid North and RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula
RDA Round Up
Dr. Anthony Hogan, Honorary Research Professor, University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University
Regional Policy Futures

Spotlight 5 - Entrepreneurship and Investment in Regional Australia

Dr. Kim Houghton, General Manager, Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute
Innovation and entrepreneurship across Australia
Prof. Mark Morrison, Associate-Dean Research, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, Charles Sturt University
Developing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Regional Areas through the CenWest Innovate Program: A Review of Progress

Spotlight 6 - Are growth regions born or made?

Cr. Amanda Camm, Deputy Mayor, Mackay Regional Council
Investment Mackay: events and conference attraction for economic recovery
Mayor Eleanor Scholz, Mayor of Wudinna District Council
Wudinna & District, Building Our Community
Prof. G. Michael McGrath, Professor of Information Systems, Victoria University
Coping with Severe Shocks in Regional Tourism Destinations: a teaching and learning simulation

Spotlight 7 - Funding the Regions

Michael Campbell, Director, Lucid Economics
Securing Investment and Creating Jobs in Regional Australia
Robert Prestipino, Director, Vital Places Pty Ltd
Can Collaborative Investment deliver better jobs for Regional Australia?
Renee Manning, Senior Policy Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia
How investing in regionally based State government Department employee has supported economic and social development in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia
David Simon, Advisory Director & Founder, ThinkTankOne
"Flight of the Hummingbirds": a model for micro business funding, education and community support across Regional Australia

Spotlight 8 - Geotourism

Angus M. Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®
Marketing Australia’s Scenic Areas
Justin Holmes, Coordinator for Protected Areas Strategy, Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, South Australia
Pursing World Heritage in the Flinders Ranges - How our natural geological wonders can support a thriving regional economy
Ian D. Lewis, Geological Society of Australia – GeoTourism, GeoHeritage and GeoGuides sub-committees
Developing and Marketing GeoTrails for the North


1. Developing Future Ready Skills for your region

Dr. Kim Houghton, General Manager, Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute
The Future of Work in Regions
Carl Germanos, Researcher, RMIT University
Insights into regional economic development - the role of innovation collaborations between SMEs and a regional University
Employability in a world of disruptive technology and growing automation
Prof. Sandy Steacy, Deputy Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences, The University of Adelaide

2. Sustaining Coastal Regions

Dr. Ian Eliot, Damarawa Pty Ltd and Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University
Understanding Dynamic Coastal Systems: lessons from applications to planning and management
Prof. Jean Palutikof, Director, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
CoastAdapt: support for coastal managers adapting to climate change
Dr. Murray Townsend, Manager Coastal Management, SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Coastal management in South Australia - a balancing act
Mark Western, Director, Integrated Coasts
Dealing with uncertainty - case studies from Gulf St Vincent

3. Future of Food Supply Regions

Dr. Jen Cleary, Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide and Chair, RDA Far North SA, and SEGRA National Steering Committee
The Importance of Place: geographical indications as a tool for local and regional development
Dr. Nikhil Ichalkaranje, Business Transformation Manager, Primary Industries and Regions SA
Can we reimagine the whole food system?
Renee Manning, Senior Policy Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia
Grow, Protect, Innovate – WA government approach to supporting food supply regions
Dr. Barry McGookin, General Manager, Innovation, FIAL
Overviews, Insights and Opportunities arising from National and International Trends in Food and Agribusiness
Jamie McTaggart, Director, Saltbush Livestock
The Story of Saltbush Livestock

4 - Tourism of Tomorrow

Angus M. Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®
Tourism of Tomorrow Digital Transformation: Market Insights
Richard Barwick, CEO, Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia Limited
The Change in RV Tourism: capturing the market
Glen Christie, Manager, Tourism and Events, Port Pirie Regional Council
Future-proofing the VIC in an IT World
Digital Tourism development in regional Queensland. Case study: Longreach regional tourism
Kevin Liepins, Principal, Destination Development Solutions