Mining Tax impact for Central West NSW

Tom spoke with the Western Advocate about the impact the Mining Tax could have for the Central West of NSW, particularly Bathurst.

Read the article here.


Economic Impact of CW Creative Industries - SEGRA Conference Presentation

WRI's SRO Lesley Arthur and Research Manager Kathy Sloan have returned from the Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference, where Lesley presented with Arts OutWest's Executive Officer Tracey Callinan The Economic Impact of the Creative Industries in the Central West region of NSW.

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Results from the September 2011 Wetspac Charles Sturt University Agribusiness Index

WRI compiles the Westpac CSU Agribusiness index for a quarterly snapshot of agribusinesses across Australia.

A sample of media reports for the September quarter are below.

Mildura Independent

ABC Rural - Tasmania

ABC Western Victoria

ABC Queensland


Examining the Link between Regional Universities and Regional Employment

The Collaboration in Regional Tertiary Education conference in a very wet Cairns has wrapped up. Tom was there presenting the links between regional universities and regional employment.

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Carbon Tax: only slight impact on local economy

 Tom Murphy shared his thoughts on the impact of the Carbon Tax on the local Bathurst economy with the Western Advocate.

Read the article here.


Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 value to Bathurst economy

Tom spoke with the Western Advocate about the value of the Bathurst 1000 to the Bathurst economy,

Read the article here.



Importance of Regional Universities debate again features in The Australian

In a follow up to WRI's recent report on the economic impact of CSU and response to The Grattan Institute's report Investing in Regions, CEO Tom Murphy discussed with The Australian higher education section how regional universities can have wider effects on regional Australia than simply contributing to the economy of their immediate locations.


Read the article here.

For a counterpoint to this article see here.


Braidwood Business Performance Survey

For the past five years, WRI has conducted an annual survey of Braidwood busineses, monitoring their performance in light of the heritage listing of the town in 2006.

Tom Murphy gave a presentation of the consolidated results to the NSW Heritage Office on Friday 26th August.

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Braidwood Times article 21.09.11


 Four ways to meausre the economic impact of TAFE

WRI recently completed an economic impact study of TAFE NSW Western Institute measuring their regional impact and contribution to human capital, major industries, and income. Tom Murphy discussed the results at the recent National VET Research Conference ('No Frills') in Coffs Harbour. WRI can estimate the economic impact of your education institution using these four measures.

WRI has compiled an online brochure outlining how we can measure the economic impact of education institutions like TAFE. 

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WRI measures the economic impact of Charles Sturt University

CSU recently released the results of an economic impact study conducted by WRI. Tom Murphy spoke with The Australian's Higher Education section. Read the article here.


Collaboration in Regional Tertiary Education Conference

18th & 19th October 2011, James Cook University, Cairns QLD

Tom Murphy will present Examining the link between regional universities and regional employment. WRI members recieve a 10% discount when quoting CC*WRI.

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20th National VET Research Conference ('No Frills')

CEO Tom Murphy will be presenting the ways WRI can measure the economic impact of education institutions at the 20th National VET Research Conference at Coffs Harbour today.

More information about how WRI can measure the economic impact of education institutions will be posted here in the coming days.


REX Pullout Would Isolate Bathurst

CEO Tom Murphy discussed the impact of the proposed termination of Regional Express Airline's Bathurst to Sydney service with the Western Advocate on Saturday 4th June. Mr Murphy argued that the loss of the service could lead to 'a contraction of services and a loss of quality personnel'. Read the article here.

Grattan Report has it Wrong on Regional Universities

Tom Murphy responds to the Grattan Institute's report on Investing in regions in this weeks Campus Review. Read Tom's response here.


Regional Universities Important for Their Communities

CEO Tom Murphy participated in a debate regarding the Grattan Institute's recent report on Federal Government investment into Australia's regional communities. Last night on ABC Radio National's Australia Talks program, Tom discussed the value of regional universities to their communities with Grattan Institute CEO John Daley, James Cook University Vice Chancellor Sandra Harding and Chair of Regional Cities Victoria and Mayor of Wodonga Cr Mark Byatt.

The program can be downloaded from ABC Radio National's website here.


NSW Bursars Association Presentation

Kathy Sloan gave a presentation on Bathurst to the NSW Bursars association dinner which was held on the 11th of April at Citigate Mt Panorama. Kathy’s presentation focused on the strengths of the Bathurst economy and the positive aspects of a regional lifestyle.


12th WRI AGM

WRI’s 12th Annual General Meeting was held on the 23rd of March. At the AGM President Peter Batten and CEO Tom Murphy reported on WRI’s success in 2010 in particular in developing advanced research methods particularly in input-output modelling resulting in WRI completing a number of projects with positive impacts on regional Australia. More about WRI’s achievements can be found in the 2010 Annual Report.

Farewell to Retiring Directors

Directors Jim Hackett (CSU), Sandy Morrison (RDA Central West) and Helen Overmyer (Country Energy) retired at WRI’s 12th Annual General Meeting held on the 23rd of March. Jim, Sandy and Helen have each made a significant contribution to the growth and sustainability of WRI during their time as directors and the board and staff wish them well in their future ventures.

Welcome New Directors

WRI welcomed new directors Kate Baxter (TAFE Western), Paul Dowler (Charles Sturt University) and former Deputy Premier Ian Armstrong to the board of directors. Kate, Paul and Ian all hold a wealth of knowledge and experience in regional and business issues and the board and staff look forward to working with them on the future growth of WRI. More information about Kate, Paul and Ian can be found on the WRI Board page

New President for WRI

Peter Batten (TAFE NSW) has decided to step down as president in 2011 after 9 years in the role. Peter has been President of WRI since its inception in 1999. However, Peter’s expertise and experience will not be out of reach, as he remains on the board in 2011 as Treasurer.

The board and staff thank Peter for his leadership over the last 9 years.

Former Vice President Michael Milston (Orange City Council ) has been elected to the position of President and Director Ian Davison (Country Advertising Agency) has been elected Vice President.

The new board of directors and WRI staff look forward to working with Michael and Ian in what is shaping up to be an exciting year of developments for WRI. More information about Peter, Michael and Ian can be found on the WRI Board page

19.02.11 Murray NOW Presentation

Tom Murphy presented at the Murray Now State of the Region Knowledge Workshops held recently in Albury. Tom’s topic was “Murray region economic data and how it will affect the region moving into the future”. Click the Murray Now logo for more information..

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