March 7, 2016 Regional Capitals Australia

Senate Inquiry into future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia

The final Senate hearing into the ‘future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia’ was held on Friday 4th March in Canberra.

The program included representatives from various government and government-affiliated bodies that have a vested interest in regional development.

The final hearing heard from Mr Jack Archer, Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), Ms Phillipa Power, Executive Director of Policy from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD) and Clr Mathew Dickerson representing as Chair of Evocities, Mayor of the City of Dubbo and as an RCA Board member and Infrastructure Australia’s Mr Stephen Alchin, Executive Director, Planning and Mr Jeremy Parkinson, Director, Project Advisory.

Since August last year, Senators have reviewed 85 submissions and attended four hearings taking place around the nation in Geelong, Launceston, Geraldton and Townsville. During their travels Senators have had the opportunity to see first-hand how our regional capitals contribute to the liveablity and economic development of Australia.

Regional Capitals Australia is eagerly awaiting the release of the final report.