An Australian Government Initiative

Regional Development Australia


07 November 2017

RDA Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has established a highly successful regional scale Renewable Energy Industry Cluster in the ACT and surrounding NSW region called SERREE—the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence.

The initiative has progressed with over 1000 engaged members representing a broad diversity of the industry, the three tiers of government, research, education and community.

RDA ACT supports the SERREE initiative with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the NSW and ACT Governments and other key industry stakeholders. RDA ACT has documented its learnings through the establishment and development phases of the SERREE model, with a view to sharing these learnings with other regions.

The SERREE model has generated numerous regional economic development spin offs from the industry for RDA ACT that fit well with the new RDA Charter—business growth, job opportunities and regional investment. There is also potential to use the model to develop other industry sectors.

The RDA ACT Executive Director Liz Veitch presented the SERREE model at the Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC) held in Coffs Harbour in September 2017, where it was named runner–up for the Environment and Sustainability Award, and at the Sustainable Economic Growth in Regional Australia (SEGRA) Conference held in Port Augusta in October 2017. There are now a number of RDA Committees interested in engaging with the model.

If you're interested to know more, an Introduction to the SERREE Model provides a brief model overview. It also provides an opportunity for other regions to note their interest in hearing more about how they might use SERREE learnings to help develop a similarly collaborative, cluster based-approach that also appreciates the comparative advantages and challenges of each region.

RDA ACT looks forward to helping other regional leaders to map a pathway for developing their renewable energy sectors, and stimulating the resulting regional economic development outcomes.