The Intake for the May 2012 EDP Bootcamp is Now Full!

The response to the Bootcamp has been very positive and we plan to run a second Bootcamp in Victoria as well as a Bootcamp in Sydney in coming months.

Please register your interest in future Economic Development Practitioner Bootcamps here.

What is the EDP Bootcamp?

The Economic Development Practitioner (EDP) Bootcamp provides an opportunity for Economic Development Practitioners from various regions and organisations to develop their professional capabilities, networks and access to resources.

This event is proudly supported by Economic Development Australia and is presented by REMPLAN in association with Dench McClean Carlson.

When 3rd & 4th May 2012

Where Four Points by Sheraton Geelong
Geelong, Victoria

Cost $795 pp. (excl GST)
$695 pp. (excl GST) for EDA Members


The Economic Development Practitioner Bootcamp aims to provide participants with strategic and practical insights and understanding into a range of contemporary influences and issues relevant to economic development.

Learning Objectives

The Economic Development Practitioner Bootcamp has the following learning objectives:-

  • The identification and development of a deeper understanding of key trends and influences relevant to economic development and their likely implications for strategy development and program implementation
  • The identification and development of an greater understanding of practical methodologies and tools to assist the economic development process
  • The identification of information sources relevant to the economic development process and how to access these resources
  • Opportunities

    With a clear focus on the practical rather than theoretical, the aim is for participants to gain insights and understanding into a range of contemporary influences and issues relevant to economic development:
  • Low carbon transition
  • Economic analysis
  • Land use planning
  • Working with Government
  • Digital economy
  • Social media
  • Infrastructure development
  • Workforce development

  • The Bootcamp will also provide participants with an opportunity to expand their network of economic development professionals and peers

    Participation Fee

    $795 per person. (Exc. GST); $695 per person for EDA members


    Please register via the form below.


    Day 1 - Thursday May 3rd

    9.00 am

    Bootcamp Registration / Coffee

    9.15 am

    Bootcamp Introduction

    Overview of Bootcamp program

    Identification of relevant challenges for economic development practitioners

    John Stevens - Dench McClean Carlson
    9.45 am

    Understanding the Future Demands for Economic Development

    Michael McAllum - Futurist - Global Foresight
    10.45 am

    Morning Tea

    11.00 am

    The Low Carbon Economy - implications for Economic Development and Investment

    Jack Holden - Fonterra
    12.00 pm


    12.45 pm

    Economic Analysis - Understanding the local economy, Industry trends, identifying potential opportunities and impact modelling

    Matthew Nichol - REMPLAN
    2.45 pm

    Afternoon Tea

    3.00 pm

    The Digital Economy - new business models and employment arrangements

    Peter Francis - Economic Development Manager, Bass Coast Shire Council
    3.45 pm

    Retail - where is it going?

    Jennifer Cromarty - Account Director, SOCOM
    4.15 pm

    Social Media Workshop - engaging with the business and investor community, new tools for economic development

    Jennifer Cromarty - Account Director, SOCOM
    5.00 pm

    Day One Wrap Up

    5.15 pm


    6.00 pm

    Dinner - Dinner Speaker

    Elaine Carbines - Chief Executive Officer, G21

    Day 2 - Friday May 4th

    7.00 am

    Bootcamp for the Body (Optional)

    Eastern Beach, Geelong
    8.45 am

    Working with Government, Investment Logic Mapping

    Stephen Carthew, DPCD
    9.30 am

    Planning for Economic Development

    Jeff Wolinski, Director - Renaissance Planning
    10.45 am

    Morning Tea

    10.45 am

    Infrastructure Development

    David Rolland - Manager - Strategy & Economics, GHD
    11.30 am

    Tourism - will the real tourism sector please stand up?

    Roger Grant - Executive Director - Geelong Otway Tourism
    12.00 am

    Economic Development Strategy Making - bringing it all together

    John Stevens - Dench McClean Carlson
    12.30 pm


    1.15 pm

    Economic Development Workshop - Practical Exercise

    Matthew Nichol / John Stevens
    2.15 pm

    Afternoon Tea

    2.30 pm

    Economic Development Workshop - Practical Exercise

    3.30 pm

    Program Wrap Up

    4.00 pm

    Program Close

    Speaker: Elaine Carbines

    Dinner Speaker
    (Day 1, 6.00pm)

    Elaine Carbines (BA Monash, Dip Ed Monash, GAICD) is the CEO of G21 – The Geelong Region Alliance. G21 is the Regional Strategic Planning Committee covering the municipalities of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway, Golden Plains and Queenscliffe.

    Elaine’s career has been diverse. She worked as a humanities teacher in Victorian State Schools during the 80s and 90s before entering State Parliament. From 1999 - 2006 Elaine was the Member for Geelong Province. During this time she held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Environment. Elaine oversaw key government projects including:
    • The Cutting Red Tape in Planning Report
    • The Live Music Taskforce
    • The Great Ocean Road Regional Strategy
    • The Coastal Spaces Report

    Following her parliamentary career, Elaine worked as the Manager of Strategic Relations at Parks Victoria from 2007-2010. She currently holds the following positions:
    • Deputy Chair of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust
    • Bethany Community Support Board
    • Barwon South West Regional Development Committee
    • Alfred Deakin Research Institute Advisory Board
    • Karingal Foundation
    • National Celtic Festival Committee
    • Geelong Business Club Committee

    Speaker: Michael McAllum

    Understanding the Future Demands for Economic Development
    (Day 1, 9.45am)

    Michael McAllum is an internationally recognised speaker, author and facilitator consultant. As a futures architect, his focus is on the significant transitions required to sustain a viable 21st century society and economy and designing the transformations that demands of organisations, cities and regions. Based in Melbourne, Michael has worked with a broad spectrum of public and private sector organisations for over 20 years. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asian Foresight Institute, is one of a select group known as Future Voices and is currently engaged in leading a conversation about a future sustainable food system for Australia.

    Speaker: Roger Grant

    Tourism - will the real tourism sector please stand up?
    (Day 2, 11.30am)

    Roger Grant has been the Executive Director of the Regional Tourism body Geelong Otway Tourism for the last 18 years. Geelong Otway Tourism is an incorporated association that represents five municipal councils and five local tourism bodies. It is recognised throughout Australia as a ‘best practice partnership model’ that has delivered significant economic benefit for all the communities involved.

    Geelong Otway Tourism is a partnership between the tourism industry and local government and represents over 1,000 tourism businesses and five local government areas.

    Ten years ago as Executive Director Roger established a dedicated unit within Geelong Otway Tourism to focus on Business Tourism (Meetings, Conferences and Exhibitions). This was a highly successful strategy with Geelong Otway Tourism winning the Victorian and the Australian Tourism awards for Business Tourism each year since 2004, reaching Hall of Fame status.

    Roger has sat on numerous boards and was Chairman for quite a few. He was Chairman of Great Ocean Road Marketing for 7 years, Chairman of Tourism Alliance Victoria for 5 years and Chairman of Geelong Area Consultative Committee for 7 years. Roger has also been active in international marketing as one of the Directors of Victoria’s Great Southern Touring Route for the past 18 years.

    Roger is also one of the Directors on the Geelong Major Events Committee and is currently on the Panel of Experts for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

    Roger was awarded the 2004 Victorian Tourism Award for outstanding contribution by an individual. Further to this Roger was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1994 and ANZAC Fellowship in 1987 – both these awards were associated with touring and nature based tourism in North America and New Zealand. In 2006 Roger was awarded Life Membership from Corio Bay Innovators. Most recently Roger was awarded a Life Membership from Tourism Alliance Victoria.

    Speaker: David Rolland

    Infrastructure Development
    (Day 2, 10.45am)

    Manager - Melbourne, Strategy & Economics, GHD

    David is a Principal Civil Engineer with GHD with over 35 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. David has extensive experience throughout Australia in the areas of transport and infrastructure. This includes being General Manager Productivity and Technology at the National Transport Commission in Melbourne from 2005 to 2007, working on national transport reform projects. Prior to this David was the Senior Director of the Road User Division of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure in the Northern Territory, Australia.

    David has held a number of senior management positions in the NT Government including the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Power and Water Authority, Local Government and the Chief Minister. David has also held various engineering positions with VicRoads in Melbourne

    Speaker: Jenny Cromarty

    Retail - Where is it going?
    (Day 1, 3.45pm)

    Social Media Workshop - engaging with the business and investor community, new tools for economic development
    (Day 1, 4.15pm)

    Account Director, SOCOM

    As an Account Director at Socom, Jennifer drives the priorities, stakeholder and government relationships of several Secretariats of Local Government groups of Majors and CEOs including Regional Cities Victoria, Central Highlands and Gippsland Local Government Network. Heading the Government Relations arm of the consultancy, Jennifer provides high level advice regarding current policies of State and Federal Government and devises research reports, budget submissions, briefing papers and programs relevant to achieving the groups’ aims. Jennifer is also highly active in the push for greater digital productivity in regional Victoria and is working with the State and Federal Government on initiatives to drive capability for business and the community. Recently she was awarded the contract to develop the Gippsland Broadband Engagement Plan.

    From early 2008 until May 2011, Jennifer was the Director of Corporate Affairs and promoted to Deputy Executive Director (in July 2009) of the Australian Retailers Association (ARA). Over that period, she worked across all levels of strategic management and operational control including finance, IT, HR, contract management, policy development, public relations, sales & marketing. Guiding the ARA through a great period of turmoil and change, she developed a reputation for credible policy development and effective strategic and communication planning recognised by government, stakeholders and retailer members With over 17 years experience in public relations, Jennifer holds a membership of the Institute of Public Administration Association VIC (IPAA), sits on the Board of the Australian Sporting Goods Association and is a committee member of the Central Geelong Looking Forward Advocacy Group and the Newtown Chilwell Football Netball Club.

    Speaker: Stephen Carthew

    Working with Government, Investment Logic Mapping
    (Day 2, 8.45am)

    Stephen Carthew is a regional planning specialist. Most recently he was Partnership Broker in the Ballarat West Growth Area. He worked as regional strategic planning adviser to RDV on the Regional Blueprint project where he devised and managed the regional settlement framework project. With DSE-DPCD between 2002 and 2010 he was responsible for regional transit cities, metropolitan activity centres and Networked Cities Corridors. He has masters degrees in environment and urban planning; and international development studies. He is currently an adviser in RDV Loddon Mallee Region, Bendigo

    Speaker: Peter Francis

    The Digital Economy - new business models and employment arrangements
    (Day 1, 3.00 pm)

    Peter has been with Bass Coast Shire Council for 10 years, the last 4 as Economic Development Manager. He is the Chair of the Gippsland Broadband Connectivity working group, made up of representatives from the 6 Gippsland Councils and other key stakeholders from across the region. Improving broadband connectivity across Gippsland is one of the key recommendations in the Gippsland Regional Plan, completed in 2010. Gippsland has a dispersed population, with many small and remote communities, providing significant challenges for distributing information and building digital infrastructure. He is also actively working with the Bass Coast Shire Council Broadband Implementation Team to increase the level of digital engagement in the local community and prepare them for the arrival of high speed broadband.

    Speaker: Jack Holden

    The Low Carbon Economy - implications for Economic Development and Investment
    (Day 1, 11.00 am)

    Sustainability Strategy Manager, Fonterra Australia

    Jack's role is to support Fonterra’s in dealing with the range of sustainability challenges that face the world’s largest dairy processor.
    Jack has specialized in sustainability, particularly in food and natural resources. He has been sustainability practitioner for over 15 years including working for industry, consulting and governments across Australia, NZ and Asia.
    Prior to starting with Fonterra in 2010 he was a sustainability consultant for both KPMG and Ecos. Before this he was a senior analyst for the Victorian Government’s Greenhouse Policy Unit and led the Sustainability Team at the City of Melbourne.
    Jack has also been a Landcare Co-ordinator in the Southern Otways and a catchment management advisor for the Dept of Primary Industries in Colac.
    His experience includes sustainability strategy development for large companies, low carbon growth, energy & water efficiency, forest & soil carbon projects.
    Other activities include:
    Author of the "CEO's Guide to Carbon in Asia Pacific".
    Member of the Sustainability Committee of the Australia Food & Grocery Council
    Banksia Award finalist for the "CarbonTender" treegrowing project
    Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Management & Masters in Public Policy & Management