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               PARKES NSW 26-28 JULY 2009
                           WELCOME                                  introduction to the conference . . .
                           Cr Ken Keith,
                           Mayor, Parkes Shire.

                                                                    âAdapt Rather Than Adoptä
On behalf of Parkes Shire Council and the residents of Parkes, I    The 2009 Australian Regional Economies Conference will highlight the problems
am delighted to welcome delegates from around Australia to the      and limitations facing stakeholders in developing regional areas, while also
Australian Regional Economies Conference, the first time it has
                                                                    offering solutions and strategies to create development opportunities ‘when the
been staged at an inland regional venue.
                                                                    going gets tough’.
Its staging is particularly opportune, given the enormous           AREC 2009 represents a must attend for practitioners in areas of local government,
challenges now confronting regional and rural communities in
                                                                    business, transport, agriculture, tourism, community development, education and
                                                                    regional development.
But with challenges come opportunities, and the conference will
                                                                    The conference will offer
provide an ideal opportunity for Parkes to showcase the way in
which the community has evolved over the past two decades.          presentations        and       case
                                                                    studies identifying economic
Parkes Shire traditionally has been known for its resilience
                                                                    strengths,           opportunities
and for its economy, depth and diversity. While the agricultural
industry continues to suffer the effects of prolonged drought       and strategies that can be
and while mining experienced some setbacks earlier in the
                                                                    developed by, and introduced
year when the E48 project at Northparkes was suspended, the
transport, tourism ,retail and administrative sectors of Parkes     to your region. The theme
Shire continued to expand to ensure a modest but potentially        ‘adapt rather than adopt’
significant population growth for Parkes Shire.
                                                                    will    underpin       conference
Welcome to Parkes. Enjoy and capitalise on the networking           sessions, highlighting the fact
opportunities readily provided by a conference of this nature       that these ideas and strategies
which Council is proud to present.
                                                                    can be changed or adapted to
                                                                    suit your local community or
                            MC OF PROCEEDINGS
                            Mr Robert Wilson
                                                                   CONFERENCE VENUE
                                                                   AREC 2009 will be held at the Parkes Leagues Club located in Clarinda Street, the heart of the Central
                                                                   Business District within walking distance of accommodation and other conference venues. Conference
Robert Wilson OAM commenced a stellar contribution to Local
                                                                   sessions will be held Monday and Tuesday in the upstairs Auditorium with registration open from
Government in December 1965 as an alderman of the Peak
                                                                   7.45am on Monday morning.
Hill Municipal Council, serving as Mayor prior to a merger with
Goobang Shire. Robert was elected a member of the new Parkes       Trade Exhibitors will be on display in the adjacent Pioneer and Federation Rooms which will include:
Shire Council in 1981 and served as Mayor from 1985 to July        • Department of State & Regional Development
2008. It is believed his 43 years service to local government,     • TAFE NSW Western Institute
including 23 successive years as Mayor, represents a unique        • Central West Community College
double. Given his experience and achievement with economic         • Geolyse Pty Ltd
development at regional and local levels, Robert is the ideal      • GWS Personnel
choice to chair the conference proceedings.                        • BAKM Enterprises
Sunday 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Delegates will be officially welcomed with a reception in the Coventry Room of Parkes Shire Council located in Bogan         ABOUT
Street (also accessible from Welcome Street through the Post Office Car Park). The reception will incorporate a
welcome address by Parkes Mayor Ken Keith along with the opportunity for delegates to register for the conference.          PARKES
For those looking for dinner options after the Welcome Reception, some of the options include:
• The Coachman Hotel/Motel
• Parkes Leagues Club
                                                                                                                            Parkes is a progressive regional
• Parkes Services Club                                                                                                      centre well known for its
                                                                                                                            economic strengths and diversity
CONFERENCE DINNER                                                                                                           including its developing status
Monday 6.30pm for 7.00pm                                                                                                    as a national transport logistics
The conference dinner will be held in the Starlight Room at the Parkes Services & Citizens Club                             hub. Our central location near the
located across from Cooke Park in Short Street. In honour of the famous annual CountryLink Parkes                           geographical centre of New South
Elvis Festival, the conference dinner will be themed ‘Blue Hawaii’, one of Elvis’ most popular movies.                      Wales, makes it easily accessible
Delegates will enjoy a three course meal and Elvis style entertainment offering a unique hip-swivelling experience.         by air, road or rail.

COMMUNITY WALK AND BREAKFAST                                                                                                Parkes is a modern town of 11,000
                                                                                                                            people and has progressed as
Tuesday 7.00am
                                                                                                                            a thriving commercial centre
For those who have chosen to participate in this optional activity, you will meet at the pond in the centre of Cooke Park
                                                                                                                            servicing a rich agricultural
at 7.00am from where you will be taken on a guided walk through town led by well known local identity, Tim Keith (aka
                                                                                                                            district. Parkes offers a relaxed
the Town Crier). The half hour walk will finish with a delicious breakfast from popular Bella’s Café & Espresso. In case     friendly country way of life with
of wet weather, meet at Bella’s Café & Espresso, 245 Clarinda Street at 7.30am.                                             a full range of services and
                                                                                                                            facilities to make your stay most
FIELD TRIPS                                                                                                                 enjoyable.
Monday 1.15pm
Field trips will take place during Monday’s conference session. Departing the Leagues Club, delegates will enjoy a          Since its centenary of local
tour of Parkes’ local economic environment showcasing how they stimulate economic growth. Delegates have chosen             government in 1983, Parkes has
from the following field trip tours:                                                                                         evolved dramatically thanks to a
                                                                                                                            concerted effort by Council and
Mining Coach tour of Rio Tinto’s Northparkes copper and gold mine, 27km Northwest of Parkes. Delegates will be
                                                                                                                            the community to consolidate
                                                                                                                            its economic strengths, location
required to wear closed in shoes to adhere to safety regulations.
                                                                                                                            and lifestyle. Advent of the
                                                                                                                            Northparkes mining operation
Parkes Industrial Estate Coach tour of the Parkes Shire Industrial Estate in South Parkes, followed by a site visit to
                                                                                                                            in 1994 added a new dimension
the Parkes National Transport Logistics Hub.                                                                                to the area, generating an
                                                                                                                            influx of skilled workers from all
Tourism Coach tour and visit to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, famous for its role in hit movie ‘The Dish’, a            parts of the world and providing
national facility still at the forefront of scientific research.                                                             unprecedented        employment
                                                                                                                            opportunities for hundreds of
                                                                                                                            people across the central western

                                                                                                                            Parkes is now a multi faceted,
                                                                                                                            diverse and growing community
                                                                                                                            which faces the future with great
                                                                                                                            pride, conviction and confidence.
                      Hon Phillip Costa MP                                                         Walt is now responsible for the development and management of the
the presenters 2009

                                                                                                   Coulston Groups property and investment portfolio, with a specific focus
                      Phillip Costa is the NSW Minister for Water and Regional Development.
                                                                                                   on direct property assets.
                      Before entering Parliament he was a primary school teacher and
                      principal, as well as serving on Wollondilly Shire Council. He was a
                      Councillor from 1985 to 2008, Deputy Mayor from 1999 to 2005 and
                      Mayor from 2005 to 2007.                                                     Adrian Mitchell
                      He has held various positions including President of the Macarthur           Adrian Mitchell has been the Institute Director of Western Institute of
                      Regional Organisation of Councils and member of the Sydney                   TAFE for the past two and a half years. He was previously employed as
                      Catchment Advisory Group, National Parks Advisory Committee and              the Managing Director of Kimberley in the far north of Western Australia,
                      Local Government Advisory Group. He is also an active member of the          where the College was successful in establishing many successful
                      Rural Fire Service and Landcare.                                             training programs that provided direct employment opportunities for local
                                                                                                   people with organisations such as Argyle Diamonds, Cable Beach Resort,
                                                                                                   Aztec Resources, Kimberly Diamonds, Salay Malay Mines, Woodside and
                      Bernard Salt                                                                 Home Valley Station a blossoming Kimberly tourist destination. Previously
                      Bernard Salt is a KPMG Partner based in Melbourne, Australia. Bernard        Adrian held down senior Management positions at Central West TAFE in
                      has established an international reputation as a trend forecaster for        Geraldton Western Australia and Midland TAFE in Perth.
                      business and government.
                      His best selling book The Big Shift predicted a surge in the demand for
                      lifestyle and residential property underpinned by the imminent retirement    Wayne Gersbach
                      of the baby boom generation. His second book, also a best seller, The        MacroPlan’s Residential Development Manager, Wayne Gersbach
                      Big Picture, looks at how work, life and relationships are changing in the   has over 25 years experience as a statutory and policy planner, with
                      developed world in the early decades of the 21st century.                    considerable experience in government affairs. Wayne has a great
                      Bernard authored and released a global study of Generation Y                 working relationship with private sector builders and developers
                      commissioned by KPMG International and called Beyond the Baby                throughout Australia. MacroPlan provides innovative research that
                      Boomers in July 2007 which attracted front page coverage of the              drives commercial success and has worked with a variety of private and
                      Financial Times as well as coverage by The Economist.                        public clients throughout Australia. As a consequence of MacroPlan’s
                      Bernard Salt is a best selling author, a columnist with The Australian and   ‘hands-on’ approach to market research it is uniquely placed to comment
                      Melbourne Herald Sun newspapers, a regular on the Australian circuit,        on industry drivers across the nation.
                      and a business advisor. Bernard heads a group of consultants within
                      KPMG providing demographic-based advice to business. His views
                      are regularly sought by the business community and by the general
                      media. He appears regularly on radio and television programs including       Richard Barwick
                      Sunrise, Today Tonight, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes.                     In November 2007, Richard took on the position of Manger of Operations
                                                                                                   and Events for the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA)
                                                                                                   in Newcastle. He has a great understanding of the potential that the RV
                      Sandy Morrison                                                               industry can provide throughout rural and regional Australia.
                                                                                                   Prior to this, Richard worked in the media industry for 7 years in the
                      Sandy Morrison is the Principal of Hermes Poll Dorset Stud and was the
                                                                                                   Forbes area followed by 13 years in Local Government as the Manager
                      Chair of the Central West Regional Development Board (CWRDB) for six
                                                                                                   for Economic Development and Tourism with Forbes Shire Council. In
                      years. He is now the Chair of the newly formed Regional Development
                                                                                                   this time he facilitated and created many events while supporting the
                      Australia (RDA) Central NSW, Member of Western Research Institute
                                                                                                   impact that events can create to a community not just economically, but
                      and TAFE Western Advisory Council Member.
                                                                                                   also socially. Richard facilitated two large scale events which were major
                                                                                                   rallies staged by CMCA.
                                                                                                   Richard was also the Chairman of the Newell Highway Committee for 10
                      Rod Brown                                                                    years & a member of other regional tourism & economic development
                      Rod Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra-based                groups.
                      Cockatoo Network, an international network of economic development
                      practitioners. In a former life he was a senior adviser to Ministers John
                      Button and Brian Howe on industry and regional development, and
                      was intimately involved in the establishment of the Regional Economic        Robbie Setfton
                      Development Organisations under the last federal regional development        Robbie Setfton is a communication specialist committed to the future
                      program.                                                                     prosperity of rural and regional Australia.
                      Rod has worked for the OECD in arts and now undertakes consultancy           Robbie has a dual investment in rural Australia as a farmer and as
                      work to all levels of government and the private sector. He also writes      the managing director of strategic communications company Sefton &
                      the ‘Good Oil’ column in the Local Government Focus publication.             Associates. She uses her drive and passion in the service of Australia’s
                                                                                                   rural, regional and remote communities and is a highly active participant
                                                                                                   in regional Australia.
                                                                                                   Having worked with media, government, private companies and industry
                      Walt Coulston                                                                over the past 15 years, Robbie possesses a wide range of strategic
                      Born and bred in Parkes - Walt Coulston is a licensed Real Estate            communication skills including issues management, media relations,
                      Agent and Property Valuer holding a Bachelor of Business, majoring in        training, corporate image and brand identity, leadership, sponsorship
                      Property Economics from the University of Western Sydney. Walt is an         and special interest/advisory group expertise. Prior to forming Sefton
                      Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and    & Associates Robbie worked in marketing, public relations and
                      previously a Director with Jones Lang LaSalle in Sydney.                     communications in corporate Australia.
                                                                            Christine returned to Australia and started her own marketing company
Ian Sanders

                                                                                                                                                         the presenters 2009
After a long career in teaching, Ian joined Austrade’s Education Programs   in 1999. She married a Cumnock farmer, David Weston in 2001 and
Unit in 2005. He has been an Export Adviser with the Department of          moved back to the Central West, just one hour from Parkes.
State and Regional Development in Orange since April, 2008 and enjoys
working with the region’s enterprising and dedicated exporters.

                                                                            Michael Campbell
                                                                            Michael Campbell is a Senior Consultant with the AECgroup and has
Jock Murray                                                                 considerable experience in economic development and investment
Jock Murray is the Executive Consultant at GHD Pty Limited, a
                                                                            attraction, which he gained in the United States, Europe and Australia.
private consulting firm specialising in strategic logistics development,
                                                                            As a Senior Consultant, Michael works with state and local government
infrastructure and management.
                                                                            to encourage business and employment growth as well as with corporate
He is a former Director General of the New South Wales Department
                                                                            clients, advising them on their location strategies for expansion or
of Transport prior to which he was Executive Director of Transport for
                                                                            relocation projects.
the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, with responsibility for infrastructure
                                                                            Throughout his career, Michael has worked on hundreds of corporate
planning and strategic and operating plans. His early career comprised
                                                                            expansion projects in a wide range of industries and across numerous
28 years in the Australian Army.
                                                                            sectors, including advanced manufacturing, distribution, headquarters,
Jock has been a Director of Investa Properties Limited, Central Ranges
                                                                            and back office operations. As an economic development practitioner,
Pipeline Pty Limited (Chairman) and Terminals Australia Pty Limited.        Michael has successfully located 54 companies representing a capital
                                                                            expenditure of $425 million and almost 4,000 new jobs.
                                                                            Michael has held previous economic development positions with Invest
John Connell                                                                Queensland (Brisbane, QLD) and the Charlotte Regional Partnership
John Connell is a Professor of Geography at the University of Sydney.       (Charlotte, NC-USA). He is a member of Economic Development
His principal research interests are political, economic and social         Australia and the EDA Queensland Management Committee.
development in less developed countries. One of his recent projects
was working on the impact of tourism and festivals on rural and regional
development and the global migration of skilled health workers. He
has written books on migration and development issues, especially           Greg Beileiter
concerning Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia and urbanisation              Based in Orange, Greg holds the position of Western NSW Regional
in the Third World.                                                         Manager for the Department of State and Regional Development
                                                                            (DSRD). Prior to this, he worked for the Federal Government
                                                                            Employment Services Department, focusing on business and vocational
                                                                            training programs.
Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson is an Associate Professor in Human Geography for
the Geoquest Research Centre, School of Earth and Environmental
Sciences University of Wollongong.                                          Giovanni Di Francesca
                                                                            Giovanni is the Proprietor of the newly established Gelato Ingredients
                                                                            Manufacturers of Australia (G.I.M.A.). Located in Molong G.I.M.A is a
                                                                            manufacturer of gelato ingredients transforming raw materials such
                                                                            as nuts, fruits, & cocoa etc into paste form for supply to Artisan gelato
Stephen Sykes                                                               makers, industrial gelato & ice cream manufacturers, pastry chefs and
Stephen Sykes is currently Director of Enterprise services with             chefs, for them to transform as gelato, ice cream, biscuit flavouring, food
Orange City Council. Stephen chairs, the Renew Forum, has lecturer          garnishes, toppings, spreads, etc.
in local government and environmental management at Charles Sturt           G.I.M.A is Australia’s first and only commercial producer of gelato and
University. He has presented at a number of conferences in Australia        sorbet manufacturing products and are in a unique position to supply
and internationally. He has managed AusAID projects in Papua New            business. The gelato and sorbet ingredients are 100% Australian made,
Guinea. He owns a vineyard in Central NSW (near Orange) and is the          and support the local community by buying from local growers, farmers
past Chair of the regional tourism body.                                    and more importantly creating employment for the local residents.
Prior to working in local government Stephen worked in the private
sector both commercial and community based.

                                                                            Tony Hendry
                                                                            Tony began his working career as a Road Designer with the Roads and
Christine Weston                                                            Traffic Authority in 1971 (which was known then as the Department of
Christine was born in Parkes and grew up on a farm. She went to             Main Roads) and spent the next 15 years in that role.
Sydney University and completed a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma              He transferred into the RTA’s Traffic Management area and spent
of Education. At the same time she did an Advertising Certificate at         the next five years assessing the impact of developments on the
Sydney TAFE College which became her chosen career path.                    State’s road system. In 1990 Tony left the RTA to pursue a business
Christine spent the next 12 years in the Direct Response Television         venture offering services including building design, preparation of
Industry- producing TV commercials, buying media, writing scripts,          development application submissions for developers, road design,
product selection & procurement and setting-up Home shopping TV             traffic management, crash investigation and road safety auditing.
companies around the world.                                                 Tony returned to the RTA in 2000 in the Road Safety and Traffic
Christine first worked for Demtel in Sydney for 4 years as Media co-         Management area and for the past 5 years has held the position of
ordinator responsible for a $1 million advertising budget. She moved        Manager of that Section. He is responsible for developing and delivering
to London to work for Best Direct as Product Manager for 4 years and        the Regions $20 million road safety program and the assessment of
then to Asia for 3 years as Marketing Director for Quantum, a public        Land Use Developments affecting the State Roads system.
company on the New York stock exchange.
the program 2009

                                                                                                                    11.00am   Rod Brown
                   SUNDAY 26 JULY 2009                                                                                        Cockatoo Network (& APD Consulting Ltd)
                                                                                                                              ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ - the problems facing regional
                   Welcome Reception                                                                                          Australia and the Action Agendas to address them
                   Coventry Room, Parkes Shire Council                                                                        The presentation canvasses the key issues facing regional Australia from
                                                                                                                              a Canberra vantage point but as a regional development practitioner. Rod
                                                                                                                              then presents some Action Agendas for your consideration
                   6.00pm       Mayoral Welcome - Cr Ken Keith
                                Mayor of Parkes                                                                     11.45am   Bernard Salt, Sandy Morrison and Rod Brown
                                Delegate Registration                                                                         Panel Session - Q & A

                                                                                                                    12.15pm   Walt Coulston
                                                                                                                              Director, Coulston Group Pty Ltd
                                                                                                                              Limitations on Capital Flows in Regional Australia
                                                                                                                              The pros and cons of being a regional or inland economy and the limitations

                   MONDAY 27 JULY 2009                                                                                        on capital flows affecting us.

                   Conference Session 1                                                                             12.30pm   Lunch
                   Parkes Leagues Club Auditorium
                                                                                                                    1.15pm    Field Trips Tours
                                                                                                                              Parkes’ key local economic development areas
                   7.45am       Delegate Registration                                                                         Northparkes Mine, Parkes Industrial Estate & National Logistics Hub and
                                                                                                                              the ‘The Dish’ CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope
                   8.25am       MC: Robert Wilson OAM
                                Call to order and housekeeping                                                      2.45pm    Afternoon tea

                   8.27am       Geoff Anderson                                                                      3.15pm    Adrian Mitchell
                                Wiradjuri Elder                                                                               Director, TAFE NSW Western Institute
                                Welcome to Country                                                                            TAFE - A key partner in regional development & sustainability
                                                                                                                              A brief outline of Western Institute’s capacity, the role TAFE can play in
                   8.30am       Cr Ken Keith                                                                                  supporting economic development and community capacity building in a
                                Mayor of Parkes                                                                               regional economy and examples of innovative programs undertaken with
                                Welcome to Parkes Shire                                                                       industry. Western Institute was the 2007 Australian Large Training Provider
                                                                                                                              of the Year and can assist industry improve its productivity and put in place
                                                                                                                              training pathways aligned to current and future employment opportunities.
                   8.35am       MC: Robert Wilson OAM
                                Introduction of the Hon. Phillip Costa MP
                                                                                                                    3.45pm    Wayne Gersbach
                                                                                                                              NSW State Manager, MacroPlan Australia
                   8.40am       The Hon. Phillip Costa MP                                                                     Rejuvenating regional economies
                                NSW Minister for Water and Regional Development                                               Wayne will talk about some of the key drivers affecting regional Australia as
                                Ministerial Address and Official Opening of the Conference                                     we approach 2050 and the implications these drivers will have on our regional
                                                                                                                              economies – globalisation, climate change, demographic inevitability and
                   9.00am       Keynote Presentation                                                                          Australia’s new free trade regime in addition to our readiness to meet these
                                Bernard Salt                                                                                  challenges. In doing so Wayne will explore how we capitalise on the specific
                                Director of Partner Property, KPMG                                                            economic potential of our regions, presenting a national grid approach that
                                The future of country towns: How demographic change is reshaping                              maximises our comparative advantages.
                                regional Australia
                                Bernard Salt looks at the global, national and regional trends in rural             4.15pm    Richard Barwick
                                communities. He makes the point that farm aggregation and population loss                     Manager of Operations & Events, Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia Ltd
                                in some areas is a global phenomenon. There is also the point that there                      Economic benefit to a town by accommodating RV travelers
                                is a demographic inflow to other regions designated lifestyle areas. The                       Richard will discuss the economic injection the RV Industry has on a
                                important point to note is that rural culture and the rural economy are linked:               community and the opportunities for local government to capitalise on a
                                where local business is doing well local sentiment also rises. But what of the                growing sector of the tourism industry
                                long term future? Bernard Salt argues that regional Australia is especially
                                well placed to deliver food, energy and resources to an increasingly over
                                populated world.                                                                    4.45pm    MC Robert Wilson OAM
                                                                                                                              Session one summation and close

                   10.00am      Sandy Morrison
                                Chair, Regional Development Australia, Central NSW                                  5.00pm    Session Close
                                The future & opportunities for the Central West Region
                                Sandy’s presentation will deliver an economic snapshot of the Central West Region   6.30pm    Pre Dinner Drinks for Conference Dinner at 7.00pm
                                                                                                                              Starlight Room, Parkes Services & Citizens Club
                   10.30am      Morning Tea

                                                                                                                                                                                         the program 2009
TUESDAY 28 JULY 2009                                                                          12.00pm   Christine Weston
                                                                                                        Member of the Cumnock District and Progress Association
                                                                                                        Case Study - Rentafarmhouse Scheme
7.00am       Optional Activity - Community Walk & Breakfast                                             Christine has co-ordinated the Rentafarmhouse for $1 a week project that
                                                                                                        has re-invigorated Cumnock, a fragile rural reliant town, with 20 new families
                                                                                                        moving to the district. The online project has saved their bus-run, re-opened
Conference Session 2                                                                                    the café and increased the school enrolment from 34 to 60 securing a third
Parkes Leagues Club Auditorium                                                                          teacher and helping local retail business.
                                                                                                        The Rentafarmhouse Scheme has proved such a success for Cumnock that
8.45am       MC - Robert Wilson OAM                                                                     it is being adopted by many other small rural towns across the state and
             Call to order and housekeeping                                                             the country. This project has greater ramifications to help all communities
                                                                                                        in rural Australia.

8.50am       Robbie Sefton
             Managing Director, Sefton & Associates                                           12.30pm   Michael Campbell
             Leadership in the regions drives entrepreneurial spirit and                                Senior Consultant, AEC Group Limited
             sustainability                                                                             Economic development in regional areas; Pushing the boulder
             Robbie will present an overview of how leadership at a local, regional,                    downhill
             state, national and industry level can influence as well as make or break                   The presentation will highlight the challenges to economic development in
             opportunities for regional communities to reach their potential. Robbie                    regional Australia. More importantly, it will focus on how communities can
             will outline managing change, community leadership and volunteering,                       recognize competitive advantages and leverage unique assets to generate
             partnerships with stakeholders and the role of government and corporate                    economic development outcomes. Various case studies from Australia and
             social responsibility. Additionally Robbie will explain how leadership and                 abroad will be used to demonstrate these concepts and provide practical
             small business are essential partners.                                                     examples of successful initiatives that have created new jobs, attracted new
                                                                                                        investment and generated increased economic activity for regional areas.

9.20am       Ian Sanders
             Tradestart Export Adviser, NSW Department of State and Regional                  1.00pm    Lunch
             Export mysteries - help is at hand!                                              1.45pm    Greg Beileiter
             Many regional businesses have made export a valuable part of their income                  Regional Manager, NSW Department of State & Regional Development
             stream. State and Federal Governments can help achieve export success.                     Role of the department in promoting business opportunities for
             This session outlines what assistance may be available.                                    regional New South Wales
                                                                                                        Greg will outline how the Department of State & Regional Development
9.50am       Jock Murray                                                                                supports economic development. He will identify six case studies of
             Executive Consultant, GHD Pty Limited.                                                     regional business success including manufacturing, tourism and aboriginal
             The future for transport on a national and international level in Australia is             business.
             a maritime trading nation that exports commodities and imports capital and
             consumables. The internal transport task must be ever more efficient to           2.15pm    Giovanni Di Francesca
             maintain competitive advantage in secondary industry.                                      Gelato Ingredients Manufacturers Australia (GIMA)
                                                                                                        Case Study - The establishment and achievements of GIMA and their
10.30am      John Connell                                                                               involvement with three levels of Government.
             Professor of Geography, University of Sydney and                                           Giovanni will also identify the opportunities for Australian business to cash
             Chris Gibson,                                                                              in on exports to Europe.
             Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Wollongong
             How festivals have led growth in rural & regional Australia                      2.45pm    Tony Hendry
             John and Chris have been running a project for the last three years looking                Road Safety & Traffic Manager, Roads & Traffic Authority
             at the economic and social contributions of festivals to regional development              (Western Region)
             through the eastern states of Australia. Their conclusions, with particular                The role of the Roads & Traffic Authority in Land Use and
             reference to Parkes, outline some of the bases for success.                                Development
                                                                                                        The RTA has a vital role under the State Roads Act, the Environmental
11.00am      Morning Tea                                                                                Planning and Assessment Act, State Environmental Planning Policy
                                                                                                        Infrastructure 2007 and other SEPPs. The presentation will give a brief
                                                                                                        overview of the Authority’s role and interaction with developers, the
11.30am      Stephen Sykes                                                                              Department of Planning and Councils.
             Director of Enterprise Services, Orange City Council
             Why the tough get going to areas with good amenity and diverse
             economies                                                                        3.15pm    MC - Robert Wilson OAM
             The Global Financial crisis is a great opportunity for regional communities                Conference summation and close
             to capture skills, by focusing on amenity we can capture skills and improve
             diversity of our economies. The paper will touch on the reasons that this has
             worked in the past and some of the actions being developed in the present.
                    Parkes Shire
the sponsors 2009

                    Parkes Shire a multifaceted regional council in central western NSW, has developed a vision for 2030 which aspires to being a
                    progressive regional hub with vibrant country communities offering learning, lifestyle and opportunity.
                    Council has embarked on the following directions in support of that vision:
                    • Develop education and learning;
                    • Maintain and improve the environment;
                    • Develop Parkes as national freight and logistics centre;
                    • Foster improve health and community well being;
                    • Support and grow townships within the shire;
                    • Grow industry, notably the keys areas of agriculture, mining, transport and tourism, and
                    • Maintain and improve recreation and cultural facilities and activities.

                    NSW Department of State and Regional Development (DSRD)
                    DSRD delivers programs and services that support the NSW Government’s commitment to winning new business activity for NSW, and
                    developing the capacity and productivity of the State’s economy.
                    DSRD provides advice and assistance to help businesses of all sizes establish or expand in metropolitan and regional NSW. It works
                    to attract significant investment projects to NSW as well as major events that have the potential to benefit the State’s economy and
                    promote Sydney and NSW nationally and internationally.
                    DSRD provides support to the State’s tourism industry to improve its competitiveness and promote sustainable tourism growth. It facilitates
                    growth and innovation in technology, science and medical research to improve the health, environment and economy of NSW.
                    DSRD delivers enterprise improvement programs that enhance the State’s international competitiveness, and drives policy change to
                    improve the NSW business climate.
                    DSRD adopts a whole-of-government approach and actively encourages collaboration with business and the community in its work. Its
                    services are delivered through a network of offices in NSW.

                    Coulston Pty Ltd
                    The Coulston Group are a long standing local development and investment group. The Coulston Groups asset base spans the
                    Residential, Commercial, Hotel, Bulky Goods and Retail property sectors. Recent projects include the new office building for DoCS in
                    Parkes and Woolworths supermarket in Forbes. The Coulston Groups development pipeline currently exceeds $50,000,000 with the
                    majority of this focussed in the Central West of NSW.

                    TAFE NSW Western Institute
                    TAFE NSW Western Institute is committed to fostering social and economic development by providing innovative and relevant training
                    aligned to job opportunities and community needs.
                    The Institute services an area covering more than half of New South Wales, taking in the Central West, North Western and Far West
                    regions, including some of the most isolated and remote communities in Australia.
                    The Institute is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which manages 24 Colleges and more than 34,000 student enrolments each
                    year. More than 500 courses are offered and a flexible approach to delivery incorporates recognition for prior learning, online and
                    distance learning, workplace delivery and assessment.
                    An advanced communication network unites the region with electronic file sharing, Internet communication and video conferencing.
                    Western Institute focuses on the important geographic, economic and social attributes of western NSW and is achieving real employment
                    outcomes for a changing and diverse community, supporting economic development and ensuring all segments of the community have
                    the opportunity to participate in education and training.

                    Regional Express (REX)
                    Rex has its roots firmly in the bush and in country Australia. Its tagline boldly affirms that ‘Our Heart is in the Country’. Rex believes that
                    the bush needs and deserves an air service of quality that provides good connectivity with capital cities at affordable prices.
                    Rex seeks to fulfil these expectations and to provide the most reliable air service in Australia backed by warm country hospitality.

                    Parkes Visitor Information Centre
                    An accredited centre operating 7 days a week, Parkes Visitor Information Centre assists visitors in pre-trip planning, and services the
                    needs of visitors to the Shire. Friendly staff also support shire-wide events and facilitate tourism growth and development.
                    Cnr Newell Highway & Thomas Street, Parkes
                    Phone: 02 6863 8860

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