On November 27 and 28, a delegation of Regional Capitals Australia members went to Canberra to meet with a number of federal ministers and members of parliament to discuss a number of Regional Capitals Australia policy positions.
We are near the end of the sitting year for 2018 and as such, the focus of the meetings was the vital role of regional capitals in regards to decentralisation, along with the recent population policy and Regional Deals announcements.
Our policy positions for the delegations included:
- Regional capitals provide a way for Australia to grow sustainably, without the significant congestion issues currently being experienced in the major metropolitan cities
- All RCA members would like to increase their populations of their cities through migration policies
- Strong regional capitals support regional development and act as regional hubs, providing services and opportunities to neighbouring rural towns.
The delegation met with the following stakeholders at Parliament House:
- Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – the Hon Michael McCormack MP
- Stephen Jones MP
- Senator Peter Georgiou
- Office of the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development – the Hon Anthony Albanese MP
- Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories the Hon Sussan Ley MP
- Office of the Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation – the Hon Bridget McKenzie MP
- Senator Janet Rice
- Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, the Hon Alan Tudge MP
Pictured: RCA Board Members with the Hon Alan Tudge, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population.
Pictured: RCA Board Members with Senator Peter Georgiou.
Pictured: RCA Board Members with Mr Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government and Regional Communications.
Pictured: RCA Board Members with Senator Janet Rice.