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Regional Capitals Australia Welcomes the City of Busselton as the Latest Member to Join the Alliance

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) recently welcomed new member the City of Busselton to the national alliance.

Cr McIntosh said it is wonderful to have Busselton join RCA and recognises the importance of another great Western Australian city joining the alliance.

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Interview with: Coffs Harbour City Council GM Steve McGrath

Coffs Harbour City Council General Manager Steve McGrath had been working in GM roles from 1991 before serving as President of Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) and delivering capacity building projects with local government clients at Morrison Law Consultants. Steve spent a number of years in the private sector before taking on the role of General Manager at Coffs Harbor City Council. Read more

Regional Capitals Australia – A Year In Review

It has been a big year for Regional Capitals Australia (RCA). With our new Chair, Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh on deck, a refreshed board and three new members; Fraser Coast Regional Council, Alice Springs Town Council, and the City of Busselton we are ready for an exciting 2019. Read more

Creation of Regional Deals Highlights Importance of Regional Capitals

We recently saw a significant step forward in recognition of regional capital cities and the important role they play in assisting with the growing Australian population, when Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack announced the Hinkler Regional Deal for Queensland regional capital cities Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

The new ‘Regional Deal’, like the previous City Deals announced for Townsville, Geelong and Launceston, will bring together all levels of government to develop the cities and identify new and important ways to grow the regional economy.

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Regional Capitals Australia Announces New Board

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today announces Cr Samantha McIntosh, Mayor of the City of Ballarat as new Chair of the national alliance. Cr McIntosh was elected to the position at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Cr McIntosh joins the Board with a wealth of experience gained through her position as Mayor of the City of Ballarat and previous roles in hospitality, tourism and health support services.

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Interview with: Stephen Jones MP

In this edition of the RCA Newsletter, we are featuring the Federal Member for Whitlam, Mr Stephen Jones MP, the Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories, Local Government and Regional Communications.

Prior to entering politics Jones held a number of roles, including roles as a community worker, a lawyer with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and also as the Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

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Interview with: John Walker

After beginning his career working in local council in New South Wales, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker turned to the private sector.  John also worked in the private sector at Westpac and Thrifty Car Rental along with a role at West Coast Eagles before deciding to head back to local government in regional Western Australia.

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Regional Capitals Australia Welcomes Regional City Push in Building Up and Moving Out Report

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today welcomes the strong call to grow Australia’s regional cities by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities in their Building Up & Moving Out report.

Deputy Chair of RCA, Cr Col Murray said that the report was a clear confirmation of the importance of regional capital cities and their role in a growing Australia.

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