Regional Capitals Australia Chair and City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Samantha McIntosh said that funding was needed to ensure regional airports would be able to adhere to security regulations and consistently maintain airport infrastructure.
Prior to being elected in 2012 as a councillor for Fraser Coast Regional Council, Cr George Seymour ran the region’s youth homelessness shelter. This compassionate nature has extended into his new role as Mayor, in which George works hard to help solve youth unemployment and create a healthy, thriving local community.
This week The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) CEO, Jack Archer has bid his farewell from the institute he helped to establish in 2011.
During his time with the integral think tank, Jack has been a champion for regional cities all around the country. Moving the institute’s research agenda beyond a sole focus on primary production issues, Jack allowed the think-tank to lead a strong evidence-based policy discussion on the need to getting planning and investment in regional cities right.
We know that population growth is an important topic that is on the minds of many RCA Members, so for our first political interview of the year, we have chosen to interview Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge.
Before entering politics, Minister Tudge held a number of roles, including a number of ears with the Boston Consulting Group in New York, Australia and Malaysia, and was also Deputy Director of Noel Peterson’s Cape York Institute.
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) recently welcomed new member the City of Busselton to the national alliance.
Cr McIntosh said it is wonderful to have Busselton join RCA and recognises the importance of another great Western Australian city joining the alliance.
Coffs Harbour City Council General Manager Steve McGrath had been working in GM roles from 1991 before serving as President of Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) and delivering capacity building projects with local government clients at Morrison Law Consultants. Steve spent a number of years in the private sector before taking on the role of General Manager at Coffs Harbor City Council.
We recently saw a significant step forward in recognition of regional capital cities and the important role they play in assisting with the growing Australian population, when Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack announced the Hinkler Regional Deal for Queensland regional capital cities Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.
The new ‘Regional Deal’, like the previous City Deals announced for Townsville, Geelong and Launceston, will bring together all levels of government to develop the cities and identify new and important ways to grow the regional economy.