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Albany and Great Southern Region SEGRA 20 year anniversary

26 - 28 October 2016, Albany, WA


SEGRA 2016 Challenge

SEGRA Challenge Flyer

Day 1 - Wednesday, 26 October 2016
4:00pm - 5:15pm

The idea is loosely based on OpenIDEO crowd sourcing. Anyone and everyone can contribute and a number of issues champions are already identified.

In reviewing the submitted papers, a number jumped out as 'innovative ideas', provocative challenges or issues that had come of age.

Presentations have been grouped around challenge themes with the intention that delegates self select into these challenge areas, nominated presenters give a 10 minute overview of the challenge and their innovative ideas to address the challenge. The groups then have the opportunity to map out the big idea to move it forward. Challenge champions can then pitch the best ideas from their group at the final plenary session. The winning ideas will also have the opportunity to develop them further, have a go at implementing them and present the outcomes at SEGRA 2016.

The number of challenges is potentially limitless, however, we hope to get between 4 - 6 groups going before, during and after the conference.

Each participant will be contacted by their topic champion to start the imagining of solutions and capturing inspirations that emerge from these challenges.

Challenge 1 - How might we develop the human capital of regional communities?

Deakin University and the Bendigo Bank have formed a national partnership to improve the level of education participation and skills retention in regional communities. Together Deakin and Bendigo Bank are facilitating local partnerships with leaders from industry, education, community and government to develop education and skills plans which will result in improved access to education, in the belief that education underpins regional growth and prosperity.

In 2015, Deakin University and Bendigo Bank commenced their first national pilot – in the Western Riverina. A partnership steering committee has formed with representatives from 16 local organisations including RDA-Riverina, Griffith Business Chamber, Leeton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Yenda Producers Co-op, Casella’s Wines, Councils in Griffith, Leeton and Carathool, GetSet Inc., Western Riverina Careers Advisors Network, NSW TAFE Riverina Institute, Western Riverina Community College, and the Catholic Schools Office, Wagga.

This Challenge will look at how this project can be further trialled across regional Australia.

Location - Kalyenup Studio 1

Challenge Leaders - Lauren Andrews, Rural & Regional Affairs Strategist, Bendigo Bank

Jacqui Bramwell, Manager, Sectoral Partnerships, Deakin University

Challenge 2 - How might we retain young talent in regions? Bright ideas to avoid the milennial brain drain.

Regional Australia makes a formidable contribution to the nation’s economy producing one-third of our national output and 8.8 million Australians call the towns that lie beyond our major capital cities, home.

It is undeniable that regional Australia might present challenges and perhaps be an inhibitor for young people seeking to make their mark on the world.

However, it is a remarkable place to be a big fish in a small pond, raise a family or enjoy an excellent lifestyle.

Ideally regions of future, will not be a place where our youth count down the days until they’ll be old enough to leave; or conversely where retirees hope they’ll find a sleepy hollow, but rather unique places of diversity and vibrancy offering a strong sense of hope for the future.

It is incumbent upon leaders to inspire, empower and harness the passion that lies within millennials in our regions and enable them to be active participants in the new economy and a vibrant community. By investing in the livability of our towns we can begin to build regions that attract a rich diversity of demographics, economic opportunities, cultural and social experiences.

In return a region that attracts, retains or brings back millennials will continue to be a productive place and a contributor to growing our great state and nation.

Location - Kalyenup Studio 2

Millennial Brain Drain: bright ideas needed to retain young talent in regions
Cr. Bronwyn Voyce, Councillor, Tablelands Regional Council

Challenge 3 - How might we work together to increase board, committee and management team diversity in regional and rural Australia?

Is your regional or rural management team, board or committee challenged by a lack of diversity?

In many rural communities, boards and management teams lack a range of people from diverse backgrounds. This is not simply an issue of gender, which is commonly discussed, but also age and culture. Diversity brings a greaetr variety of perspectives, ideas and views which add value to discussion, and strength in communication, strategy development and delivery. It also significantly improves community engagement and effectiveness.

Join with us here and at SEGRA 2016 in the “Diversity Challenge” for discussion about the value of diversity ; how regional, rural and remote communities are challenged by a lack of diversity and how we might work together to counter this ongoing issue.

For more information contact Cassandra at

Location - Hanover Room

Cassandra Hughes, Regional Manager, St John Ambulance, Great Southern and SEGRA National Steering Committee

Challenge 4 - How can we get off the grid and secure 24/7 renewable solar energy for sustainable regional development?

The purposes of the Challenge pitch are threefold.

1. To introduce and explore the advantages and benefits of 24/7 solar thermal generation systems for sustainable regional development to potential stakeholders and investors from regional organisations, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and communities of interest.

2. To identify the essential actions that stakeholders need to take to get off the grid and secure 24/7 renewable solar power in rural and remote regions. For example:

  • initiating appropriate regional and local ownership and governance for the initiative
  • undertaking focused pre project feasibility to ensuring that there will be power purchasing agreements
  • identifying sources and securing funding
  • carrying out triple bottom line project feasibility assessment
  • planning and siting installations to optimise existing and potential regional resource and industrial enterprise advantages
  • cost effectively delivering 24/7 CSP to regional customers

3. To foster stakeholder confidence and indicate the pathway to self-empowerment in order to take the essential actions for securing 24/7 renewable energy for sustainable regional development.

Location - Dress Circle Foyer

Adj. Prof. Peter Waterman, Adjunct Professor, Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS), Charles Sturt University and SEGRA National Steering Committee

Challenge 5 - How might we develop a national tourism database of self-guided experiences across our regions?

Multi-faceted tourism Experience

The Konect team is delivering a Digital Tourism solution to showcase our Regions.

There will be a single map driven App with seamless content from across the nation. Visitors will be able to choose the topics that interest them and the region they plan to visit. Maps and information will be downloaded onto their mobile device so the App can continue to operate where there is no internet.


This is an extension to the successful Geotourism project built in partnership with the Geological Society of Australia. The team will engage with Regional Tourism Authorities and Community Groups to build unique content covering everything from Geotourism to Ecotourism, Agritourism, History and Cultural Heritage to our Natural and Built Environment

We have built a content management system to publish map linked content directly from any desktop. Now we need partnerships to populate the database.

These are our challenges:

  • Prioritising the types of information to best showcase the regions
  • Refining content templates for each information type (Bicycle Trails, Walking Tracks, Fauna sites, Cultural Heritage sites etc.)
  • Engaging with Community and Activity Groups to enter and update the compelling content

Ken Moule from Global GBM, developer of Konect, will be at SEGRA. He is looking for input from the Regional Tourism sector and Project Partners interested in piloting the App in their region.

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

Ken Moule, CEO, Global GBM