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Governance Framework

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) is a nationwide Mayors and CEOs forum governed by a board of eight councils and led by a Chair and Deputy Chair. RCA’s financials are coordinated by our Treasurer, the City of Greater Geraldton.

Mayor Shane Van Styn

RCA Chair | City of Greater Geraldton Mayor

I have lived, worked and invested in regional WA for the last 19 years. Between my companies, I had a peak workforce of more than 200 staff during the mining boom. This has provided me with a strong understanding of the needs and aspirations of employees and employers across the regions of WA.

My role as Chair of RCA has shown me the issues are not unlike those faced across our nation’s regions. As State and Federal Governments, citizens and even the environment struggle with ever increasing congestion and overdensification of our capital cities, it is clear to me the solution lies in growing our regional cities.

I have seen firsthand the successes of growth in the regions, and Regional Capitals Australia has a key role to play in advocating for strong regional capitals to not only benefit the regions but also our great nation as a collective.

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Cr Col Murray

RCA Deputy Chair | Tamworth Regional Council Mayor

I am currently in my fourth term on Tamworth Regional Council and my seventh term as Mayor. I took up my role as RCA Deputy Chair in 2015. RCA is an organisation that is gaining solid maturity and has achieved significant outcomes in the past 4 ½ years of its operation. I believe that if there was ever a time, now is the time to change the agenda for funding in regional areas. I am prepared to ‘put shoulder to the wheel’ and do my bit with a very positive organisation.


Ross McKim

Treasurer | CEO, City of Greater Geraldton

I volunteered as Treasurer for Regional Capitals Australia as I’m passionate about the impact that we make on the economic and social fabric of our nation. I am also greatly concerned that for too long regional Australia has been neglected by successive governments.
Regional Capitals Australia is unique as we’re the only organisation with a voice for the major regional centres in Australia. Our ability to effectively and positively influence national policy, however is only possible with the continued collaboration and support from all regional capitals.
Sitting on the sideline and leaving the work to others is not part of my character and I see membership of Regional Capitals Australia is the only effective forum to collectively argue our case for a greater share of funding and a clear policy change at the national level.

Executive Board

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Paul Bennett

General Manager, Tamworth Regional Council

Greg Williamson

Cr Greg Williamson

Mayor, Mackay Regional Council

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Craig Doyle

CEO, Mackay Regional Council


Cr Greg Conkey OAM

Mayor, Wagga Wagga City Council

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Robert Knight

General Manager, Wagga Wagga City Council

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Kelvin Spiller

CEO, City of Greater Geelong

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Cr Anna Speedie

Mayor, City of Wodonga

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Patience Harrington

CEO, City of Wodonga


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Rachael Sweeney

Executive Officer

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03 9666 3368

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Melbourne 3000

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44 617 842 065

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