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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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Infrastructure Australia Audit Report Confirms Regional Cities At Risk

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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.

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Interview with: Minister Bridget McKenzie

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.

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Interview with: City of Karratha CEO Mr Chris Adams

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.

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Regional Capitals Australia Calls For Action On Regional Airports

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.

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