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Albany and Great Southern Region SEGRA 20 year anniversary

26 - 28 October 2016, Albany, WA


Immersion Sessions

Day 2 - Thursday, 27 October 2016
11:15am - 12:30pm

1. Dynamic Systems Thinking: delivering a sustainable regional Australia

11:15am - 12:30pm

This immersion session raises opportunities, identifies gaps and consider ways forward in using systems theory concepts to inform an understanding of how to maximise outcomes for regional Australia.

The session will commence with a presentation from Institute of Land Water and Society on systems theory and its application in regional Australia.

Topics covered include:

  • What are the assumptions and guiding logic?
  • Main structural elements of the frameworks
  • Processes by which these elements come together to provide answers
  • Limitations of the lens
  • Proposals for future action, understanding.

There will then be an open discussion around the topic of application of systems theory to maximise outcomes for regional Australia.

Issues for consideration include:

  • Managing conditions of ambiguity and uncertain contexts
  • Addressing the push and pull of different factors, including stakeholders, government imperatives, funding
  • Responding to systems that are constantly evolving and not necessarily settling into an equilibrium.
  • Can complexity theory and residual randomness inform decision makers or just muddy the waters?
  • What governance models might systems theory propose?
  • How community resilience is impacted by uncertainty and discontinuity of resources and participation?
  • Is systems thinking a persuasive instrument for funding allocation? What evidence would be required?

Location - Function Room, UWA Albany - access via footbridge from AEC

Chair - Paul Rosair, Principal, NAJA Business Consulting Services

Systems Thinking for Regional Development
Dr. Catherine Allan, Associate Professor Environmental Sociology and Planning, Charles Sturt University

Dirt and Trees are as Important as Roads and Phone Towers: priorities for investment in the
Great Southern

Justin Bellanger, CEO, South Coast NRM

Anna Dixon, Principal Consultant, CreativeIQ

Supporting Dynamic and Sustainable Socio-Environmental Systems: realities, challenges and opportunities with the Murray-Darling Basin Water Plan
Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society,Charles Sturt University

Cathryn Geiger, General Manager, Regional Economic Policy Branch, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Moragh Mackay, PhD Candidate, Charles Sturt University

Assessing Sustainability of Planning: systems simulation and social-ecological systems
Luisa Perez Mujica, Adjunct Researcher, Charles Sturt University

2. Regional Collaboration: self interest, best interest and the parity principle

11:15am - 12:30pm

Stakeholder theory is well established in the mainstream responses to the need to include the range of different interests in any given situation. However less explicit are the operation of stakeholder engagement and measures that demonstrate accountability around the engagement. How well can stakeholder theory account for incompatible objectives and differential power, resources and influence Can processes be applied that alter power dynamics sufficiently for a robust, viable stakeholder engagement mechanism. Some characteristics include concepts of good faith as dialogue, negotiation, and transparency; other proposals include formal coalitions of interest, and the use of mediation and non-binding arbitration. This session will use case studies to examine how collaboration might best be established maintained, implemented and concluded.

Location - Kalyenup Studio 1

Chair - Prof. Geoff Cockfield, Professor in Government and Economics, Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, University of Southern Queensland and Founding Member of SEGRA

Who Fenced The Dogs Out? Collaborative Area Management in South West Queensland
Catherine Crowden, Project Officer, South West Natural Resource Management
Co-presenter - Jon Grant, Project Manager, South West Natural Resource Management

The Rangeland NRM Alliance: action through collaboration
Kate Forrest, Rangeland NRM Alliance Coordinator, Desert Channels Queensland

Good Governance as Economic Development Strategy
Kelly-Anne Saffin, CEO, RDA Yorke and Mid North

Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan
Glenys Schuntner, RDA CEO/IQ-RAP Secretariat, RDA Townsville and North West QLD

Partnering for Maximum Impact and Efficiency
Andrew Sharpe, CEO, City of Albany

3. Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

11:15am - 12:30pm

Over the past 12 months theSPACE, in conjunction with SEGRA, Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Startup Tablelands, have been researching, developing and integrating processes and practices around the development of self-sustaining, startup & innovation ecosystems in regional areas of Australia. In this immersion session, Professor Mark Morrison will share the core findings of three studies being conducted by CSU.

  1. A literature review of startup ecosystem development in regional areas
  2. An analysis of existing incubator and business support groups in regional areas
  3. An analysis of the Cairns & Tablelands ecosystems pre & post work conducted by theSPACE.

Troy Haines of theSPACE will share the processes applied and learning outcomes in the development of the Cairns and Tablelands ecosystems and finally Christine Doan will share insights as the lead driver of the Startup Tablelands and their journey. If you are a leader in economic development, then we urge you to join us for this in-depth look at both the theoretical and applied application of building self-sustaining, startup and innovation ecosystems in regional Australia.

Location - Dress Circle Foyer (Level 1 - located above the City Side Foyer

Facilitator - Troy Haines, Start-Up & Innovation Coach, theSPACE Cairns

Christine Doan, Owner, Malanda North

Prof. Mark Morrison, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, Charles Sturt University

4. That Thing from the Future: playing with regional scenarios

11:15am - 12:30pm

We as humans are innately poor at predicting the future, yet as practitioners we constantly are asked to do just that. This session will explore the limitations and consequences of the assumptions that we all bring when considering the future scenarios for our regional communities and economies.

Utilising’s engaging facilitated game That Thing from the Future, participants will contribute to the imagination of a range of future regional disruptors, and consider implications for their own communities and economies. The session will be delivered in a fast-paced, fun atmosphere where all can participate, heckle and debate. It will conclude with a debrief discussion as to how such tools can be utilised by practitioners to challenge communities and stakeholders to think outside of the box when considering and planning their own future scenarios.

Location - Kalyenup Studio 2

Jason McFarlane, Managing Director, Far Lane