After coming up through the ranks of a local community club, Mayor of Griffith City Council Cr John Dal Broi decided to support the growth of Griffith by joining the local government. Born and raised in Griffith, Senator Award recipient Cr Dal Broi has a strong affiliation with the community and is determined to raise Griffith’s profile as a diverse regional city, with people from approximately 60 different nationalities calling Griffith home.
After a number of years spent as Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council, Minister Mark Coulton decided to use his knowledge of regional communities to run for the seat of Parkes in New South Wales. Over ten years later, the Hon Mark Coulton MP is now Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government and Assistant Trade and Investment Minister and is determined to use his personal experience and knowledge of local government to benefit the local councils of regional Australia.
The Australian Infrastructure 2019 Audit, released by Infrastructure Australia this week has revealed that regional cities are at risk of being left behind, as the infrastructure gap widens between regional cities and capital cities.
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) Chair and Mayor of the City of Ballarat, Cr Samantha McIntosh, said the report confirmed what Council had long been advocating – that urgent planning for the future of regional cities is now required to ensure Infrastructure Australia’s predictions do not occur.
This week, a delegation of Regional Capitals Australia Board Members convened in Canberra to meet with federal ministers and members of parliament and discuss the policy positions held by Regional Capitals Australia (RCA).
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has this week released a new report as part of the think-tank’s Regions Rising series.
On the back of a successful Federal election for the Government, Minister Bridget McKenzie opted to take the reins of the Agriculture portfolio and work to strengthen and support regional Australia. Minister McKenzie was born and raised in regional Australia, with a familial connection to the high-country that spans multiple generations.
When City of Karratha CEO Chris Adams saw the opportunity to return home to Karratha after working in both local and state government, he knew it was the perfect way to make a real difference in the place he was born and raised. This desire to grow of the City of Karratha resulted in Chris taking on the role of CEO in 2012, working hard to increase the liveability of the regional city.
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) is calling on the Federal Government to urgently release $100 million allocated to the Regional Airports Program to begin to address recommendations contained in a Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport report released this week.
The Senate Standing Committee report “The operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities” has confirmed the challenges associated with maintaining air connectivity for those living in regional Australia.
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today offers its congratulations to the new Morrison Government after their successful campaign, resulting in an election win on 18 May.
Prior to the campaign, RCA advocated for additional investment into regional capital cities and we were pleased to secure the investments that will allow our cities and regions to become the liveable alternatives to metropolitan cities.
Senator Peter Georgiou, an electrician by trade and a successful businessman realised that the best way to solve the problems facing Australia was to join the politicians in Canberra and speak up for Western Australia himself. Senator Georgiou was elected in 2017 and often speaks up for regional Australia.