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Federal Economic and Fiscal Update – July 2020

This week Regional Capitals Australia noted the Economic and Fiscal Update delivered by Federal Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg, MP and the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann.  The update indicated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australia’s economy. Read more

Chair’s Op-ed: National Farmers Federation Put Regional Deals Back on the Table

This week Fiona Simson, President of the National Farmers Federation (NFF), put regional deals back on the table. During her address at the National Press Club, she promoted her organisation’s strategic document, Get Australia Growing. A challenge has been set for the Government; get the design and delivery of regional deals right, then deliver a record 20 deals by 2030. Read more

Chair’s Op-ed: You are Invited

As we count down the days to a new financial year and start the inevitable scratching around for (many, many) tax receipts, I suspect many will be reaching the conclusion that the benefits of working from home have stretched well beyond a larger tax return. Read more

Interview with: Cr Darriea Turley AM, Mayor of Broken Hill City Council

Cr Darriea Turley AM has served as a Broken Hill Councillor since 1995 and Mayor of Broken Hill City Council since 2016. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards including the NSW Local Government Award and Life Membership to the Australian Local Government Women’s Association for her contribution to Local Government. Read more

Interview with: Liz Ritchie, CEO of the Regional Australia Institute

As the CEO of RAI, Liz’s primary goal is to make a difference through leadership, engagement and evidence-based knowledge to shape a better Australia. Heralding from country NSW, she understands the issues and opportunities impacting regional Australia, and she is dedicated to reforming our regional economies so that more Australia’s can choose to live, work, and invest in regional Australia. Read more

Chair’s Op-ed: Regional Capital Routes Must Continue to Soar Post COVID-19 Turbulence

Virgin Australia’s announcement of voluntary administration has created widespread concern regarding the future state of the Australian aviation industry. As the leaders of regional Australia, our members share these concerns. Our regional routes must not be left at the boarding gate with reduced services and severely increased fairs. Read more

Impacts of Bushfires on Regional Capital Cities

2020 Bushfires

In light of the recent bushfire emergency that occurred over spring and summer, Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) has engaged with our membership to determine how the fires impacted regional capital cities.

One of the key findings was that 25 per cent of our members were directly impacted by bushfires and 50 per cent had a bushfire event in their region. Read more