The story behind Regional Capitals Australia
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) was formed in 2012 to bring Australia’s 51 regional capital cities together as one unified voice. The RCA vision was to provide an alliance, a reference group, a ‘strength-in-numbers’ body that understands all things ‘regional capitals’.
Through our local government member councils, we present to the Federal Government the needs of our combined communities, voicing the social and economic issues specific to our cities; not the needs of Sydney, Melbourne or the other ‘Big 5’.
1.) OUR RESPONSIBILITY
Our member cities understand that regional Australia works like a ‘hub and spoke’. In other words, a regional capital city like Geelong, Wagga Wagga or Townsville are the ‘hub’ of their region, supporting rural towns and communities (the ‘spokes’) that surround their city. Thriving regional capital cities mean a strong regional Australia, resulting in benefits that filter down to the whole country.
2.) OUR APPROACH
We work to ensure that when our piece of the pie is dished out, there is a solid strategy to show how this money should best be directed towards the growth industries, infrastructure projects and regional development strategies that we need to see our regional capitals truly flourish.
3.) OUR MISSION
Our mission is to narrow the divide between metropolitan cities and regional capital cities – we advocate for policy outcomes that make our regional capital cities more connected and liveable. We seek a fairer share of government attention and investment than what our cities have traditionally experienced.
UNITY IS STRENGTH… WHEN THERE IS TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION, WONDERFUL THINGS CAN BE ACHIEVED.
- MATTIE STEPANEK
Acknowledgement of Country
In the spirit of reconciliation Regional Capitals Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.