Project briefings May 2012: Introduction to CRC-REP
Cooperative Research Centre forRemote Economic Participation Murray McGregor Kevin Williams
What do we do?Who are we?The CRC-REP is acollaborative researchplatform that workswith communities,businesses and peoplein remote regions ofAustralia tosystemically investigateand provide practicalresponses to thecomplex issues thatdrive economicparticipation.
Systems approachto achievingeconomicparticipation 3
Regional EconomiesThe research from this program will build robust regionaleconomies across remote Australia through our partners ingovernment, industry and communities. This will provide thesustainable employment and enterprise opportunities vital toincreasing the level of economic participation for remoteAustralians.Research ProjectsPopulation Mobility and Labour MarketsEnduring Community Value from MiningClimate Change Adaptation andEnergy Futures 4
Investing in PeopleThere are complex challenges in improving pathways forremote Australians through education and training toemployment and enterprise development.Research ProjectsRemote Education SystemsPathways to EmploymentInterplay between Health, Wellbeing, Education and Employment 5
Enterprise DevelopmentThe research from this program will create successful models for SMEsthat are appropriate to remote locations and inclusive of Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander culture. It will facilitate their survival and growthin the long term so that they can employ more people in remoteAustralia, providing the ‘engine room for jobs and livelihoods. It willaddress barriers to growth, such as distance from markets, fragile orfaulty supply chains and the scope for efficiencies to overcome highproduction costs.Research ProjectsAboriginal Cultural EnterpriseAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art EconomiesAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism ProductCarbon Economies in Remote AustraliaPlant BusinessPrecision Pastoral Management Tools 6
• … Two young girls were takenTwo Women Learning from their mother by their father,by Kathleen Wallace to live in his homeland. They lived and learned their father’s way. But when they grew up, the two girls decided to leave their father’s home and look for their mother and her people. The father supported their decision, and so the girls started to walk. The girls eventually found their way to their mother’s homeland. They had come to the right place: their mother was very happy to be able to see them again, all grown up. One day, the father decided to follow his daughters and came to the mother’s land. The family were happy to be united, and other families were happy for them. They decided to stay there so the girls could learn new skills.