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Albany and Great Southern Region SEGRA 20 year anniversary

26 - 28 October 2016, Albany, WA


Study Tours & Workshop

Day 3 – Friday 28 October 2016

Study Tour 1 - The 4 I’s - Investment, Innovation, Infrastructure and Industry Development

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm Location: Cranbrook and Plantagenet Cost: $295

Coordinator - Peter Northover, CEO, Shire of Cranbrook


Location and Activity


This tour will depart the Albany Entertainment Centre at 8:30 am and travel through some of the worlds’ most breathtaking and bio diverse regional landscapes.


Arriving in the Shire of Plantagenet the study tour will visit the Sounness Park Development to see firsthand the value of recreational facilities to regional/rural communities.


Morning tea at Sounness Park


Depart Mt Barker


Arrive Ferngrove Winery

Ferngrove, Frankland River is the next destination point. Learn about how Ferngrove achieved its position as Western Australia’s second-largest wine producer – the importance of loyal staff and the local labour market, the role of a Head Office; the product security challenges of exporting to a foreign country; and the insights into the foreign ownership journey.


Alkoomi Wines Stopover – Family Business and Investment – and lunch


Depart Alkoomi


Arrive Milne Feed Property

The next inspection property is Milne Feeds at the southern end of Cranbrook Shire. The owners will meet with delegates to discuss the impacts and opportunities of new farming technology and innovation as well as some of the planning challenges of new techniques and future labour market issues.


Depart Milne Feed Property


Afternoon Tea


Arrive Mt Barker Sale Yards

The final stop on this study tour is to the Mt Barker Regional Sale Yards where the important issue of Regional Infrastructure will be the focus.


Depart and go to Mt Barker Lookout

The tour will return via the Mt Barker Hill, the site of the base of a 184 metre high TV tower - the tallest free-standing tower in the southern hemisphere – as well as spectacular views over the Stirling and Porongurup Range National Parks before making its way back to the Albany Entertainment Centre to arrive at 4.30pm


Depart Mt Barker


Arrive back in Albany


Ferngrove Frankland River Winery

Study Tour 2 - Innovation and Diversification in small towns

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm Location: Denmark Cost: $295

Coordinator - Gertrude WellEase

Pick up from AEC in Albany (8:30am) and drive through towering karri trees and lush forests, vineyards and farms to the Shire of Denmark which in itself boasts 100 kms of spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches, rugged rocks, rock pools and headlands. The Shire of Denmark is a bustling hub for tourism and agriculture but also for creative artists, sculptors, foodies, designers and musicians. In this study tour you will visit Denmark Agricultural college and see cutting edge robotic dairy as well as hearing about the particular investment in youth and their contribution to sustainable regions.

Following on from the Ag College, delegate will have a site visit and tour of Morgan Richards Community Centre. This street renewal project by the Shire of Denmark Council Lotterywest funding has revitalised economic and social development in the CBD with markets festivals and art events. The history of the Community Resource Centre and the role of Denmark Arts will be a particular focus of the focus at this site.

From the Morgan Richards Community Centre delegates will have a firsthand experience of a local food diversification initiative with a visit to The Lakehouse in Denmark where the owners will share how they started and over the years have developed the business, the brand and marketing of Denmark. They are the brainchild behind Vino Foods, products that started locally and have now branched into Woolworths supermarkets shelves.

Straight after lunch, delegates will depart for one of Denmark’s iconic attractions - The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Here as you are guided through the tourism facility you will have the opportunity to discuss with the operators how the facility was developed and future plans including the Bibbulmun Track (walk trail) and Munda Biddi Trail (off-road bike trail).

The coach will return to Albany arriving at around 4:30 pm.


Location and Activity


Bus departs Albany Entertainment Centre for Denmark


Denmark Agricultural College
View facilities and morning tea


Morgan Richards Community Centre
Tour and discussion


The Lakehouse
Presentation and lunch


Depart for Treetop Walk


Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
Tour, discussion and afternoon tea


Depart for Albany


Arrive back at Albany

Green Pools

Giants Treetop Walk

Study Tour 3 - Regional Sustainability – Challenges of business development in a small town

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm Location: Gnowangerup Cost: $295

Coordinator - Cr. Lex Martin, Shire of Gnowangerup

Gnowangerup is one of the few rural towns that is experiencing a growth in population. A survey of businesses in town indicated that 72 new positions would be created in 2014 – 2018. The increase in population has meant that there is a critical shortage of housing both to rent and to buy. Landcorp will be commencing a new residential subdivision and a release of industrial land for purchase in the first half of 2016.

The Shire of Gnowangerup has a large population of Plymouth Brethren who manage some of the biggest businesses in town and have expanded their market to the whole of WA and soon interstate. The Shire President, CEO and Councillors are delighted to host a study tour which would include a focus on the sustainability of regional development and how one town has established a growing development base.


Location and Activity


Bus departs Albany Entertainment Centre for Gnowangerup


Bus arrives at the Gnowangerup CRC Yougenup Road – Morning Tea is served


1st Business Tour Auspan


2nd Business Tour Duraquip


3rd Business Tour– Richard House, Pellet Mill


Return to the Gnowangerup Community Resource Centre - Lunch is served


Tour of the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre Australia’s only Mallee fowl breeding centre - Afternoon Tea is served


Depart Ongerup for Albany


Arrive in Albany

The Shire is delighted that the Brethren have agreed to showcase their industries and discuss how they have grown their businesses from a small rural base in Gnowangerup to businesses that now service all of Western Australia and have recently been awarded a large government contract.

Study Tour 4 - Major City Conveniences Surrounded By Amazing Natural Environment

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm Location: Albany Cost: $295

Coordinator - Matthew Bird, Manager Tourism Development & Services, City of Albany

Amazing Albany

The City of Albany’s vision is “to become Western Australia`s most sought after and unique regional city to live, work and visit.” Our picturesque city marks the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia. Albany is home to vibrant landscapes, award-winning beaches and fresh locally grown produce.

Albany boasts the convenience of a major city while being surrounded by amazing natural environment, including four spectacular National Parks in any direction.

Join the Amazing Albany study tour to understand the City of Albany’s approach to developing Albany as a vibrant visitor destination that contributes to the economic development of the region, attracts investment and sustains a successful local visitor industry.


Location and Activity


Tour coach departs Albany Entertainment Centre


Arrive at Mount Adelaide and explore the National Anzac Centre and the Convoy Walk and Lookout. Commentary on City of Albany project works and Anzac Albany events


Head to Mount Clarence to visit the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial and Padre White Lookout. Commentary on project upgrades, including trails


Depart Mount Clarence for tour of town via coach. Includes drive by and commentary on City tourism assets and development projects.
Morning tea served in Town Square precinct and project briefings delivered on site. Projects briefs of the Town Square precinct upgrade project and the Albany visitor Centre current location and proposed relocation to York Street project.


Escorted tour of Albany visitor products and experiences along Frenchman Bay Road. Dept of Parks and Wildlife briefing on project at The Gap in Torndirrup National Park


General Manager briefing and condensed tour of Discovery Bay including Whaling Station museum, lunch at Discovery Bay


Visit the Albany Wind Farm, tour and tasting at Great Southern Distillery


Enjoy a wine tasting at Oranje Tractor wines


Tour concludes and returns to Albany Entertainment Centre

Padre White Lookout

Albany Wind Farm