The organisers of the 2016 RUN Regional Futures Conference would like to thank the following organisations for becoming valued conference partners. Their support has made the conference possible and has helped in placing a strong focus on regional futures.
Reimagining Rockhampton: Local Government building resilient communities
As the traditional role of local government changes with increased community expectations, decreased funding sources and a rapidly changing world, Rockhampton Regional Council is working to ensure it remains resilient through innovation, vision and collaboration.
Rockhampton has long been known as the Beef Capital of Australia and a city that sporadically peaks during mining booms. However, a new vision is seeing the Rockhampton Region reimagined. The formation of the Regional Development department and a number of innovative strategies will transform the city and the outdated perceptions of this quintessential Queensland city.
The last year has seen a transforming shift in the way Council addresses the future and is the beginning of a new era for the central Queensland capital. While the perception of the region is being addressed through strategic rebranding, the physical amenity has not been ignored; a whole of region signage strategy will strengthen the brand identity and provide strategic wayfinding, a CBD revitalisation strategy is underway and major parks are being revitalised to deliver a modern visitor experience.
Rockhampton certainly has a rich and long past, but this is quickly meeting a smart and prosperous future.
For more than 25 years, the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) has provided unique information communications technology capabilities to enable collaborations between Australian research and education institutions and their international peer communities.
AARNet’s dedicated national and international network infrastructure interconnects Australia’s research and education institutions with research and education institutions worldwide, the public Internet, resources such as scientific instruments, data stores and high performance computers, and sector-relevant content and service providers. AARNet is a national resource, Australia’s national research and education network (NREN), and is owned and operated by the universities and CSIRO as a not-for-profit company.
AARNet also provides a range of value-added network and collaboration services to support teaching, learning and research. Over one million users—researchers, faculty, staff and students—at institutions across Australia rely on the network. AARNet supports education across the life-long learning spectrum and research across a diverse range of disciplines in the sciences and humanities, including high energy physics, climate science, genomics, radio astronomy and the arts.
In regional Australia, universities play a role as ‘anchor tenants’ for AARNet’s high speed network infrastructure, reducing the impact of distance and the isolation and disadvantage it can bring, by also enabling TAFEs and other regional education and research institutions to reap the benefits of transformative digital technologies. This helps build strong, innovative and sustainable communities around Australia’s great regional institutions.
By providing the tools and services to connect like-minded collaborators in the research and education sector, AARNet plays a vital role in enabling knowledge creation and innovation.
DIGITAL FUTURES STREAM PARTNER
Glentworth is a team of specialists who approach organisational problems with a data and information lens.
We know that information is every organisation's greatest strategic asset, yet it remains the most neglected.
In a world where organisations are overwhelmed by millions of pieces of data each day, we enable organisations to take control over their most important asset – information.
The core of what we do is based on harnessing the value of information, and enabling organisations to make better, evidence-based decisions. We solve business problems through information and data.
SATCHEL AND LANYARD SPONSOR
TechnologyOne is Australia's largest enterprise software company, with offices across six countries. We create solutions that transform business and make life simple for our customers. We do this by providing powerful, deeply integrated enterprise software that is incredibly easy to use.
Over 1000 leading corporations, government departments and statutory authorities are powered by our software.