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RCA budget submission calls for programs to fuel connectivity and liveability

RCA recently lodged a 2017-18 Federal Budget submission calling for new and existing funding programs that will allow regional capital cities to be connected and liveable.

Regional capital cities can play a critical role in the future prosperity of Australia. To ensure that the most is made of the opportunities available in regional economies, RCA has called on the government to adopt funding streams that will allow our cities to be:

  1. Connected – with high speed broadband, roads, rail, ports and airports; and
  2. Liveable – with local access to tertiary education, health, sporting facilities, arts, and culture centres.

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RCA submits recommendations for regional City Deals assessment

Regional Capitals Australia has submitted its recommendations for the Government’s competitive process of the upcoming Regional City Deals program.

The submission was developed in conjunction with feedback from RCA members, and includes case studies on four RCA member cities: the City of Greater Geraldton, City of Ballarat and Cities of Albury-Wodonga. Read more

Message from the Chair – March 2017

G’day RCA members and friends.

Well, we blinked and it’s suddenly March! We are three months into the year and RCA hasn’t wasted any time pushing our policy agenda; in a week’s time we will have lodged no less than four significant policy submissions to the Federal government in our drive to give regional capital cities a firm place in national policy. Read more

Quarter acre block dreaming? Shorten and Joyce need regional plan (Chair’s Op-Ed)

Opinion Piece – RCA Chair Mayor Shane Van Styn

The latest Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey proves once again the great Australian dream of home ownership is slipping further out of reach for many Aussies living in the country’s four biggest capital cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Still dreaming of a quarter acre block? Hope lies in Australia’s regional capital cities. Read more

Senate Committee Calls for Plan to Grow Australia’s Regional Capital Cities

The Australian Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s Final Report into the “future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia” has been released and calls on the Government to develop a national strategy to grow regional capital cities.

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) Chair, Mayor Shane Van Styn welcomed the significant work undertaken by the Senate Committee to deliver the report and noted that the mandate and key policy push of RCA had been endorsed when Senators recommended nine areas for action. Read more

Regional Capitals Australia Focused on ‘First 100 Days’ in Canberra

Today a delegation led by Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) Chair and Deputy Chair held talks with Members of Parliament and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in Canberra to progress the election commitments made by the Turnbull government.

“The first 100 days of any new government is crucial because it sets the tone for progressing the vision and goals of that administration. If we want regional capital cities to thrive and succeed, it is vital that we are in the room championing for policies that put regional Australia in front,” said RCA Chair and City of Greater Geraldton mayor, Shane Van Styn. Read more

Regional Australia is Focus of Building Better Regions Fund

Media Release

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today welcomed the announcement of the Coalition Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) that will focus solely on funding projects in regional and rural areas.

Mayor Shane Van Styn, Chair of Regional Capitals Australia said that the alliance had been making the case for this change for some time. Read more