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Regional Cooperation & Development Forum

DYNAMIC REGIONS

The Regional Cooperation and Development Forum allows for the sharing of ideas and opportunities through both a mix of academic and practitioner insights, and is the official venue for the launch of the annual State of the Regions Report.

Change is fast upon us. What regional opportunities are emerging from shifting demographics and new forms of communication? With case studies from industry experts, facilitated sessions and Q&A panels, this year’s forum focuses on: 

  • - Housing – making it affordable;
  • - The digital revolution – and the promise of improved communications
    • - Digital readiness and the potential for greater social connectivity in large, geographically-dispersed communities
  • - The arts – its role in generating socio-economic change.

 

PROGRAM


REGIONAL CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT FORUM

8.00AM

REGISTRATION

9.30AM

REGIONAL CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT FORUM

» Welcome to Country
9.40AM ALGA President’s Opening

9.50AM

Overview of Regional Australia – Where are we at?

  • DR KIM HOUGHTON, CO-CEO, REGIONAL AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE

10.30AM Making connections to Renew Regions

  • NATALIE EGELTON, CEO, FOUNDATION FOR RURAL & REGIONAL RENEWAL

» At this session you will gain insights and knowledge into how LGAs and local community groups can access and leverage philanthropic support to address local issues and challenges.

11.00AM MORNING TEA

11.45AM LAUNCH OF STATE OF THE REGIONS REPORT POPULATION, PRODUCTIVITY AND PURCHASING POWER

PETER BRAIN, NATIONAL ECONOMICS

11.45AM

PANEL DISCUSSION – PUBLIC INTEREST JOURNALISM

» SESSION PANELISTS

» MARGARET SIMONS, PUBLIC INTEREST JOURNALISM

 

» GENEVIEVE JACOBS, EDITOR, THE REGION GROUP

 

» BEN TAYLOR, MANAGING DIRECTOR, TAYLOR GROUP NEWSPAPER

 

12.30PM LUNCH
1.30PM

Housing in Regional Australia

» SESSION SPEAKERS

JOHN MARTIN, EMERITUS PROFESSOR, LA TROBE UNIVERSITY

» Local government and housing in rural communities: Tradition, innovation and community

JESSICA PORTER, PHD SCHOLAR, UNISA
» Is there an affordable housing crisis in non-metro Australia?

 

MAX EASTCOTT, GENERAL MANAGER, GWYDIR SHIRE COUNCIL

» Non-Metropolitan housing affordability

2.30PM

Technology in Regional Australia

» SESSION SPEAKERS

  • SAMANTHA KENNEDY, HEAD OF AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND ASIA PACIFIC, PIVOTEL
  • CHRISTINE KERSHAW, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT STIRLINGS TO COAST FARMERS
  • ANDREW HOWE, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ADVISER, CIVIL DEFENCE AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, CANTERBURY
APOLLINE KOHEN, CHAIR, BROADBAND FOR THE BUSH ASSOCIATION
CHRIS ALTHAUS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AUSTRALIAN MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION
3.15PM AFTERNOON TEA

3.45PM

Tourism in Regional Australia

» SESSION SPEAKERS

» MAYOR KEN KEITH OAM, PARKES SHIRE COUNCIL
Attracting Tourists to Parkes

» MAYOR TONY WELLINGTON, MAYOR, NOOSA SHIRE COUNCIL
Taming Tourism in Noosa

4.15PM

Culture and the Arts: Building our Regions

» SESSION SPEAKERS

» KATE FIELDING, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
A New Approach
» JOHN MCLINDEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER SWAN HILL RURAL CITY COUNCIL
Our Region, Our Rivers – a collaboration of councils and communities that leverages the arts to bring about social, economic and cultural change
4.45PM Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisaion and Local Government» The Hon Mark Coulton MP
5.00PM Closing Remarks

5.00PM

WELCOME RECEPTION