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Beware The Status Quo

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With the Australia Day ‘long weekend’ upon us, it is almost time for the annual (and very painful) exchange of beach chairs for desk chairs.

The precise location of these chairs and the employees who occupy them has been the topic of much debate in recent days. Lord Mayors, business peak bodies and even Federal Ministers have called for big and small businesses alike to embrace “COVID Normal”, with the first agenda item a move from the home office back to the CBD. Read more

Regional Capitals Australia Announces New Board

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) is pleased to announce our Executive Board for 2021.  At the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Cr Kevin Mack, Mayor, Albury City Council was elected as Chair and Cr Grant Henley, Mayor, City of Busselton as Deputy Chair. Read more

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