Resilient Regions

Regional towns and cities play an important role in the economic, social, cultural and environmental development of Australia.  This collection features research concerned with specific issues in regional Australia and highlights the contribution made by the Regional Universities Network researchers towards advancing Australia’s national prosperity, productivity and identity. RUN member universities are: CQ University, Southern Cross University, Federation University Australia, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland and University of the Sunshine Coast.

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Resilient Regions

Research report

13 Jun 2017

On 2 February 2016, the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry:

The risks and opportunities associated with the use of the bumblebee population in Tasmania for commercial pollination purposes, including:

(a) the...

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Article

12 Jun 2017

In 2007 US creative cities “guru” Richard Florida was flown up to Noosa to tell the local city council how they, too, could become a creative city.

Noosa was one of a long line of cities across the globe queuing up to pay big bucks to the US-based academic-entrepreneur. “Being creative”...

Strategy

09 Jun 2017

The Blueprint for the Future delivers a plan to maintain security and reliability in the National Electricity Market (NEM) in light of the significant transition underway, including due to rapid technological change.

The blueprint sets out a vision for the future, with four key...

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Survey

07 Jun 2017

International visitors to Australia spent a record $39.8 billion in the year ending March 2017 – 5% or $1.9 billion more than the previous year. The number of visitors aged 15 years and over reached 7.7 million, up by 9% to 650,000, while nights were up 5% to 262 million. Strong growth was...

Book

07 Jun 2017

"This is a book for the record of a specific time, essentially 1983-1991, when I was an Australian Government Minister for Primary Industry and then Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, but with some relevant commentary before and after this period. It is designed as a source document...

Strategy

02 Jun 2017

Australia needs an energy sector that addresses the ‘energy trilemma’ – that is to say it must provide energy security, affordability and environmental sustainability. After a period of relative stability, significant change in the energy sector can be expected in coming years due to the need to...

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31 May 2017

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. It's great to be here in Melbourne this afternoon for the first event in the Infrastructure Australia and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Major Reform Series.

As Mark said, we are very pleased to be sponsoring today's event and I'd like to thank...

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Research report

29 May 2017

This report details the outcomes from consultation with Australia’s health stakeholders, including professional health and hospital groups, health leaders, academics, scientists, parliamentarians and policymakers during 2016 regarding a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for...

Submission

20 May 2017

Governments have a role in facilitating innovation, regional development, and the growth of professional and highly skilled jobs in the regions. This can be achieved including via program or infrastructure funding, or through the relocation of government agencies or bodies to regions. Where the...

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Audio program

20 May 2017

The art of remote Australia is often the wallpaper in the background when corporate giants do their pieces to camera in TV news bulletins or live crosses.

Even politicians don't mind being filmed against those vibrant, shimmering canvases with their waterholes, dreaming tracks and...

Strategy

19 May 2017

The NSW Department of Education is seeking feedback on the Regional and Remote Early Childhood Education Strategy.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) services play a vital role in the wellbeing and development of children and young people. In recognition of this, the Regional and Remote ECE...

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Policy

18 May 2017

From our remote mining hubs, through to our world-class wine districts and our dynamic regional cities—regional Australia’s landscapes, industries and people are diverse.

The Government acknowledges that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to regional policy development doesn’t work, which is...

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Case study

17 May 2017

In October 2015, the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a program run in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Smart Growth America, released Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies, a report intended to introduce and integrate land use and...

Technical report

11 May 2017

This audit was undertaken when the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development was responsible for ensuring land disturbed by mining activities is rehabilitated in accordance with the relevant development approval, including the administration of mining rehabilitation security...

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Report

11 May 2017

School infrastructure - comprising assets such as classrooms and sports, arts and physical activity spaces - has been shown to be an important part of achieving educational outcomes, along with ongoing improvements to curriculum and teaching styles. The condition and design of school assets can...

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Discussion paper

10 May 2017

The Better Mine Rehabilitation for Queensland discussion paper presents a proposed mine rehabilitation policy stating the Government’s commitment to ensuring mined land is rehabilitated progressively over the life of the mine, resulting in land that is able to support another use – such as...

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Strategy

09 May 2017

This resource outlines the Australian Government investments that will benefit those who choose to live, work and invest in regional Australia. It demonstrates our commitment to securing a bright future for regional Australia and spreading the opportunities and benefits of our growing economy to...

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Technical report

04 May 2017

The Department of Education (Department) must provide students with a place in a government school if parents desire it. Over the next 15 years, the student population in NSW Government and non-government schools is projected to grow by 21 per cent to nearly 1.5 million students. Over 80 per...

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Audio program

23 Apr 2017

In Victoria’s LaTrobe Valley, the Hazelwood brown coal mine is closed.

In the Northern Territory’s Top End, the Ranger uranium mine is due to shut down in four years time.

Different mines, same problem – what’s the plan for safe and productive post-mining landscapes?

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Research report

21 Apr 2017

The purpose of this study is to examine the regional geography of Australia's economic transition, since the mining investment boom, to identify those regions and localities that face significant challenges in successfully transitioning to a more sustainable economic base and the factors which...