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Albany and Great Southern Region SEGRA 20 year anniversary

26 - 28 October 2016, Albany, WA


Spotlight Sessions

Day 1 - Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Spotlights 1 – 6
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Day 2 - Thursday, 27 October 2016
Spotlights 7 – 11

Spotlight 1 - Creating 21st Century Organisations

The 21st Century organisation needs to be able to constantly create new value for its customers/clients. However the meaning of value-economic and cultural has become more complex and uncertain. This is driven by compressed attention span, self-interest, increasing recognition and acceptance of diversity. This has particular implications for markets but also for government as drivers of policy. How to deliver predictable, stable, effective and consistent government policy, programs and services that are also flexible, client-centred and professionally driven has become a significant conundrum. This session examines the dynamics of flexibility, critical thinking, collaboration and applied learning in the organisational. Inter-agency and cross- jurisdictional contexts. The session will feature a breakthrough initiative based on multi- agency alignment, purposeful collaboration. There will also be discussion on the leadership and governance challenges of relentless innovating, connecting multiple groups, rapid movement and speedy decision making in the 21st Century organisation including stakeholder engagement.

Location - Kalyenup Studio 1

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

Leadership is Simple
Dave Clare, Author, Speaker, Coach and Facilitator,

Outback Way Regional Policy Linking the Nation
Patrick Hill, Chairman, Outback Highway Development Council Inc.

Ask the Cat! Why engagement counts in building regional sustainability
Joel Levin, Managing Director, Aha! consulting

Transforming Governance Together
Moragh Mackay, PhD Candidate, Charles Sturt University

Idris Mootee, CEO, Idea Couture

Riding the crest of the wave: exploring collaborative partnerships in establishing the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GS-CORE)
Chris Thompson, Manager, Great Southern, Department of Sport and Recreation
Dr. May Carter, Senior Policy Officer - Recreation, WA Department of Sport & Recreation
Russ Clark, CEO, Albany Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI)
Christine Grogan, Regional Manager Community & Corporate, Great Southern Development Commission
Cameron Woods, Executive Director Commercial Services, City of Albany

Spotlight 2 - Entrepreneurship and Investment in Regional Australia

As government policy increasingly looks to co-investment models rather than grants, one of the more significant opportunities for economic development practitioners is to provide user friendly and effective processes of testing new and existing ideas for strategic investment initiatives. There now is the potential to develop simple and robust methodologies to allow project proponents to develop better ideas before investing their increasingly scarce resources in the completion of the projects business case. Spotlight 2 will examine Entrepreneurship and investment in the regional context including common challenges, diverse solutions and successful case studies. The session concludes with a presentation from entrepreneur and philanthropist Anthony Bertini, CEO, ThumperOne Pty Ltd about pitching for investment.

Location - Kalyenup Studio 2

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

Anthony Bertini, Chairman, Thumper One Pty Ltd

Indigenous Regional Wealth Creation
Stephen Birkbeck, Regional Entrepreneur and Farmer
Co-presenter - Kado Muir

Invest Mackay: diversified - sustainable - vibrant
Cr. Amanda Camm, Deputy Mayor, Mackay Regional Council

Laura Egan, Founder & CEO, Enterprise Learning Projects

Sustainable Disruption? Learning from Five Years of Investment in Regional Innovation
Jason McFarlane, Managing Director, Far Lane
Andrew Outhwaite, Learning Lead, Pollinators Inc.

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

Spotlight 3 - Free Trade Agreements: where do the benefits fall?

High-quality, comprehensive free trade agreements are playing an important role in supporting global trade liberalisation. FTAs have opened opportunities for Australian exporters and investors to expand their businesses into key overseas markets. By improving market access for goods, services and delivering more business and investment opportunities, FTAs will help to maintain and stimulate the competitiveness of Australian firms.

Australia's FTA negotiations are increasingly focused on the so-called 'behind the border' issues including factors such as standards, professional qualifications, intellectual property rights and competition policies, in addition to addressing tariff barriers.

Australia has ten FTAs currently in force with New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, US, Chile, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) (with New Zealand), Malaysia, Korea, Japan and China. The countries covered by these FTAs account for 70 per cent of Australia's total trade.

Australia is currently engaged in seven other FTA negotiations - two bilateral FTA negotiations: India and Indonesia; and five plural lateral FTA negotiations: the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Pacific Trade and Economic Agreement (PACER Plus), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) and the European Commission. The additional countries covered by these negotiations account for a further 15-20 per cent of Australia's total trade.

There is much debate about the relative advantages and disadvantages of FTAs. It is important for regional businesses to have the capacity to take advantage of the opportunities. This Free Trade Agreement workshop will give you practical, up to date information about the benefits of our newest FTAs with China, Japan and Korea and how to use them.

Location - Hanover Room

Facilitator - Simon Boughey, Consultant, Boughey and Associates and SEGRA National Steering Committee

A/Prof. Jeremy Buultjens, School of Business, Southern Cross University and SEGRA National Steering Committee

Brett Hughes, Director, North Asia - Trade & Market Access Division, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Michael Growder, Assistant Secretary, FTA Outreach Unit, DFAT

Spotlight 4 - Innovation and Technology: opportunities for regional Australia

Innovation is the result of the application of knowledge and technology and as such it is not surprising patterns of innovation vary across different technology systems. What does this mean for regional Australia?

This session brings together leaders in the fields of technology and in particular that of digital and electronic to discuss the opportunities for innovation in regional Australia. The presence of both the Prof. Peter Klinkin, Chief Scientist of Western Australia and Jim Wyatt, Principal, Optimi Digital will ensure ideas and applications will be top of the discussion.

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

Facilitator - Rod Macdonald, Partner, Community Broadband Networks, SEGRA National Steering Committee

Universities as Anchors for Digital Regional Development
Peter Elford, Director, Government Relations and eResearch, AARNet

Prof. Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of Western Australia

How Technology Has Changed Our World and the Way We Behave
Ken Moule, CEO, Global GBM

Jim Wyatt, Principal, Optimi Digital

Spotlight 5 - Regional Labour Markets: future prospects

Regional labour markets measures include a range of indices: unemployment rates, participation rates, periods of time in unemployment, proportions of skilled and unskilled labour and workforce requirements, welfare dependency levels and so on. Labour market outcomes vary considerably from region to region. Some areas of regional Australia are doing well, whilst others are consistently poorer than the national average. The growth in the industries in regional Australia require employees with higher levels of skills and experience than the industries in decline. This session will look at what the data is telling us and how best to develop regional labour markets with particular focus on successful strategies for the most vulnerable groups.

Location - Dress Circle Foyer

Facilitator - Anna Dixon, Principal Consultant, CreativeIQ

Inspiring Australia: how regional STEM networks are transforming national science engagement
Dr. Bobby Cerini, National Manager, Inspiring Australia, Questacon - the National Science and
Technology Centre

Trends in Regional Labour Markets
Cathryn Geiger, General Manager, Regional Economic Policy Branch, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Socio-Economic Benefits of Long Distance Commuting
Prof. Fiona Haslam-McKenzie, Co-director Centre for Regional Development, University of Western Australia

Small Scale Farming and Settlement of Humanitarian Immigrants in Australian Agriculture
Dr. Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University

Spotlight 6 - Rendezvousing with Sustainable Economic Futures

To be successful, economic development requires vision, active participation and commitment to managing changing social and economic conditions. Critical to this is engagement of communities of space and interest. For example, these can reflect geographic realities as providing opportunities for active, participative recreation; port visitation and geotourism. Challenges to be addressed including vocal unwillingness to accept change, poor participation by affected communities, inadequate use of the range of available engagement techniques.

This session will present an overview and case examples of big picture of engaging communities in new economic development opportunities. An in-depth look at the issues relating to regions transitioning towards low carbon economies and emerging opportunities. The session will conclude with a discussion about appropriate techniques to identify opportunities and harness community commitment to rendezvous with their sustainable economic future.

Location - Princess Royal Theatre

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

Porongorup: a tourism case study
Alan Briggs, PhD Candidate, Murdoch University

The Benefits of the Cruise Ship Industry to Regional Australia
Prof. Ross Dowling, Foundation Professor of Tourism, Edith Cowan University

Resilient and Sustainable Economic Futures for the Great Southern Region
Nicole Hodgson, Lecturer, Murdoch University
Co-presenter – Dr. Louise Duxbury, Senior Projects Manager, Green Skills Inc

The Creative Economy: revealing your untapped resources
Randall Jasper, Treasurer, Creative Albany Inc.
Co-presenter - Sally Malone, Deputy Chair, Creative Albany Inc.

Getting to Now: the use of personal stories in economic development strategy
Anne Moroney, CEO, RDA Barossa

Spotlight 7 - Regional Tourism and Geotourism

The natural environment should be a strong driver of destination tourism for regional Australia. Geotourism is a rapidly emerging global phenomenon which fosters nature-based tourism based upon geology and landscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment, all of which serves to shape the character of a region and to enhance the total visitor experience. Geotourism attractions are now being developed around the world primarily as a sustainable development tool for local and regional communities. To maximise the potential for nature-based tourism, it is an imperative to bring key stakeholders together to build on current state and territory based strategic plans, previous successes, lessons and learnings. This session will include discussions of strategies to advance nature based tourism to embrace the emerging interest in geotourism. The session will also outline the experiences and opportunities of focused, innovative and collaborative approaches to regional tourism, and how regions can make best use of the application of digital technologies to provide visitors with a wealth of information about the natural environment.

Location - Kalyenup Studio 1

Facilitator - Angus M. Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®

Determining Geotrail Potential for Gunduwa Conservation Region of Western Australia
Alan Briggs, PhD Candidate, Murdoch University

Geotourism in Western Australia
Alan Briggs, PhD Candidate, Murdoch University

Perceptions of a Geo-tourist
Neville Byrne, former Executive Officer, Australian Alps National Landscape

Geoparks: a powerful new development vehicle for regional Australia
Prof. Ross Dowling, Foundation Professor of Tourism, Edith Cowan University

The Digital Outback
Stuart Kidd, Founder, Everythere

Big Data: analytics for tourism destination management
Prof. Michael McGrath, Professor of Information Systems, Victoria University

The World We Walk In: multifaceted tourism experiences
Ken Moule, CEO, Global GBM

Australian-Chinese Partnership Creating New Geotourism Opportunities
Angus M. Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®

Geotourism: the key driver of tourism for regional Australia
Angus M. Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®

Spotlight 8 - Emerging Economic Development Opportunities

Economic development is often the Holy Grail for regional growth. It is driven by passion and vision. However, the principles and process for developing an investable business case around these opportunities is often elusive. Critical factors in achieving sustainable growth include community values, institutional requirements and arrangements and business investment alignment. Often regional communities have great ideas but they are hard to get off the ground – lack of funding, failure to align with community values or institutional strategic priorities are commonly cited reasons. Often it is about scale, footprint and connectivity. Through a series of case studies, this session will focus on the interplay of these factors and explore a range of possible responses to the challenges; and highlight success factors that have broad implications for maintaining and enhancing sustainable economic development in regional Australia.

Location - Kalyenup Studio 2

Facilitator - Rod Macdonald, Partner, Community Broadband Networks, SEGRA National Steering Committee

Upper Spencer Gulf: a tri-city alliance
Anita Crisp, Executive Officer, Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group

Creativity: the ultimate renewable
Rebecca Eggleston, General Manager, FORM

Economic Development Thought Bubbles: what's required to deliver the dream
Bruce Lorimer, Managing Director, Core Business Australia
Co-presenter – Mark Weller, Executive Manager Business Advisory, Core Business Australia

Naturally Stronger Regions: realising the potential
Stuart Nahajski, Chief Executive Officer, LandCorp

The Economy of Arts
Georgia Sharman, Executive Support Officer, Regional Development Australia Peel

Rainbow 2000: a regional planning strategy for Albany & the Great Southern
Neil Smithson, Managing Director, Smithson Planning

Spotlight 9 - Food Industry Innovation

The potential growth of the Australian food industry into the 21st Century is exponential. In Western Australia alone, agrifood products are valued at $20 billion at the retail and export levels with two-thirds of WA agrifood products exported. Additionally, the food manufacturing industry comprises around 1200 businesses in WA. Changing market conditions present real opportunities for growth in the agrifood sector across Australia not to mention flow-ons to other businesses. This session will look at key issues in food industry innovation as they relate to marketing, supply chains, diversification and localism case studies ranging from industry associations to local market systems and government initiatives will all be discussed.

Location - Hanover Room

Facilitator - Simon Boughey, Consultant, Boughey and Associates, SEGRA National Steering Committee

Mapping the Food Production and Processing Landscape in the Great Southern Region of
Western Australia

Kim Antonio, Manager Food Industry Innovation, Department of Agriculture and Food WA

Anthony Bertini, Chairman, Thumper One Pty Ltd

Food for Thought: strengthening community spirit and resilience from the inside out
Evelyn Collin, Community Food Events

Creating a Farm to Plate Value Chain in MIW’ (Mackay Isaac Whitsunday)
Debra Howe, Former Economic Development Manager, Mackay Regional Council

Just One Small Piggery: the social, environmental and economic benefits
Kaylene Parker, Owner/Manager, Greenvalley Free Range Piggery

Community Food Hubs: benefits and opportunities for regional Australia
Dr. Nick Rose, Executive Director, Sustain: The Australian Food Network and Lecturer, William
Angliss Institute

Grower Groups in WA: from agricultural R&D to social and regional development
Sarah Houston, Project Officer, Grower Group Alliance

Spotlight 10 - Production Landscapes

Increasingly, there is recognition of the importance of safeguarding our productive landscapes and the options we have available to do so. This in turn highlights what are the biophysical, social and economic implications of various options. Also, it raises questions such as: what we can afford and why we need to invest and what we will be the short and long term results of these investments. Factor into this changes to landscapes due to: continuing land clearing and degrading soil fertility due to farming and grazing practices; changing climatic conditions resulting in reduction in soil moisture and water in storage systems; and vegetation loss from droughts and bushfires. Then add cost imposts of externalities by way of availability of diesel fuel; escalating production and labour force prices. These factors need to be viewed in the context of demographic changes in population nodes and on remote rural and pastoral properties across the regional landscape in response to natural and market forces. On the other side of the equation, we have rapidly emerging opportunities from: market demands for existing and new horticultural and agricultural products; renewable energy such as 24/7 CSP for irrigation pumping, commercial activities and domestic purposes; and infrastructure realities in expanding and maintaining network infrastructure for transporting water, agricultural supplies and produce. Without doubt, the list is innumerable. All this combines to create a rich canvas on which to discuss existing and emerging production landscapes, the focus of this spotlight.

Location - Dress Circle Foyer

Facilitator - Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

Grassroots Conservation Actions Among Residents on Private Land in a Regional Rural-Urban Interface Landscape in New South Wales
A/Prof. Rosemary Black, Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University

Producing natural rubber in the Wheatbelt: a potential for innovative and sustainable
regional development

Dr. Henry Brockman, Director - Farming Operations, EnergyEne Australia

How Do We Sustain Production Landscapes?
Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

Michael Kitzelmann, CEO, Etheridge Shire Council

Barriers to the Diffusion of Renewable Energy in Queensland
Dr. Breda McCarthy, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, James Cook University

Frontiers and Boundaries
David Singe, Director, David Singe Pty Ltd

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

Spotlight 11 - Resilient Communities

Resilience is often described as the ability to bounce back rapidly from setbacks. The attributes that lead to resilience are often to anticipate risk and limit impact. Terms for the behavioural drivers include survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change.

This session will use case studies to consider how communities might prevent and minimise inevitable disruptions to everyday life and their local economies and how to develop to expand, maintain or restore functional community, businesses and essential services capacity whilst achieving economic recovery and growth.

Location - Princess Royal Theatre

Facilitator - Anna Dixon, Principal Consultant, CreativeIQ

Nyabing Community Hub
Fiona Martin, Vice President, Nyabing Progress Association
Co-presenter - Christie Smith, Secretary, Nyabing Progress Association

Realising Potential through Cultural Value Measurement
Michael Chappell, Managing Director, Culture Counts & Pracsys Economics

The Value of Collaboration: a tourism experience
Cassandra Hughes, Regional Manager, St John Ambulance, Great Southern and SEGRA National Steering Committee

Exploring Pathways of Social Cohesion: experience of ethnic communities in regional areas
Dr. Devaki Monani, Lecturer in Social Policy, Australian Catholic University

The Piesse Mill Restoration: a catalyst for Katanning
Nigel Oakey, CEO, Dome Group

Rural Stories: how embracing cultural and natural heritage can enhance tourism and sustain
regional communities

Dr. Peter Spooner, Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University

Act-Belong-Commit: building mental health in the Great Southern Region of WA
Joanna Steel, Population Health Coordinator, WA Country Health Service- Great Southern