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RCA Chair’s Focus for 2020 and a Farewell from Cr McIntosh

Mayor Shane Van Styn, City of Greater Geraldton


A message from RCA Chair, Mayor Shane Van Styn

G’day members and friends of RCA,

As we wrap up for 2019 and head off to get festive with family and friends, I wanted to take this opportunity to give a shout out to our members who have supported us through another successful year. Read more

Interview with: Cr Tony Herbert, Mayor of Warrnambool City Council

Cr Tony Herbert was born in Warrnambool and has a deep passion for his community. Prior to his election to Council in October 2016, Cr Tony Herbert worked as a teacher and music co-ordinator. He has managed several businesses in Warrnambool over the years and is a past President of Commerce Warrnambool. Cr Tony Herbert is dedicated to the growth and liveability of Warrnambool and is focused on assisting Warrnambool to continue to position itself as a leading regional city. Read more

Interview with: the Hon Catherine King MP

The Hon Catherine King MP started her political career after being elected in 2001 to the Federal seat of Ballarat. After six years of serving as Labor’s Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, Catherine moved to the key economic portfolio of Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development following the 2019 election. Catherine King has extensive experience working in regional portfolios having served as Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories, Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories and Minister for Road Safety. Read more

Regional Capitals Australia Talks Regional Australia With Federal Decision Makers 

 Cr Samantha McIntosh (RCA – Immediate Past Chair) with the Hon Alan Tudge MP (Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure).


Regional Capitals Australia Chair, Mayor Shane Van Styn was joined in Canberra this week by Immediate Past Chair, Cr Samantha McIntosh to talk regional Australia with Federal politicians in the lead up to the 2020-21 Budget.

Mayor Shane Van Styn and Cr Samantha McIntosh met with regional policy leaders from both sides of politics including the Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure and the Hon Catherine King MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development to deliver and discuss our 2020-21 Budget Submission aimed at creating sustainable growth in regional Australia. Read more

Regional Capitals Australia Announces New Board

Mayor Shane Van Styn, City of Greater Geraldton

Regional Capitals Australia is pleased to announce a new Executive Board, elected at the 2019 Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 26 November.

Mayor Shane Van Styn, was elected Chair of Regional Capitals Australia, bringing with him extensive experience as an immediate past Chair of Regional Capitals Australia. He takes on this position after recently being re-elected as Mayor City of Greater Geraldton for an additional four year term. Read more

Regional Capitals Australia talks regional growth and deals with WA National Party leaders

Left to Right: Mr Ian Blayney MLA (Shadow Minister for Regional Cities), Cr Samantha McIntosh (RCA Chair) the Hon Mia Davies MLA (Leader of the WA Nationals).
Left to Right: Mr Ian Blayney MLA (Shadow Minister for Regional Cities), Cr Samantha McIntosh (RCA Chair) the Hon Mia Davies MLA (Leader of the WA Nationals).


Regional Capitals Australia and Western Australia National Party representatives have met to discuss the growing needs of regional capital cities in Western Australia.

The meeting was led by the Regional Capitals Australia Chair, Cr Samantha McIntosh and Board Member Cr Tony.  They were joined in Melbourne by the Western Australia National Party Leader, the Hon Mia Davies MLA and the Western Australia Shadow Minister for Regional Cities, Mr Ian Blayney MLA. Read more

Regional Capitals Australia Urges COAG to Focus on Boosting Regional Population

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) has called on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to remain focused on regional growth ahead of a new National Population and Planning Framework set to be tabled later this year.

The call comes after the Federal Government released its updated policy, “Planning for Australia’s Future Population” which will see 23,000 skilled migrants call regional Australia home over the next three years.

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Population Planning Required for Future Growth of Regional Cities

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure the Hon Alan Tudge MP this week, launched an update to the Planning for Australia’s Future Population plan at the Sydney Morning Herald’s Population Summit.

As part of the update the Minister advised, after consultation with the States, he will be tabling a formal National Population and Planning Framework at the next Council Of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, in December 2019. It is expected that meeting attendees will agree to the framework during the meeting.

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Interview with: Mayor of Griffith City Council, Cr John Dal Broi

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. Read more

Interview with: Minister Mark Coulton

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.

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