Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today applauded the release of a new report highlighting Australia’s regional cities are set to swell, with the potential to add $375 billion per year to the nation’s bottom line by 2031.
The report also highlighted that the shared economies of Australia’s regional cities have the potential to grow by 65 per cent by 2031 – if the right investment takes place to support business investment.
READ MORE “Regional Cities Set to Swell – Mayor asks Government: “Where the bloody hell are ya?””
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) tonight welcomed the Federal Government’s 2017-18 budget that included regional funding for community infrastructure, jobs and commuter and freight rail projects.
RCA Chair, Mayor Shane Van Styn stated the investments announced tonight were fundamental to ensuring regional capital cities continue to grow as well as service the smaller rural towns that surround them.
READ MORE “Regional Capitals Australia – Statement on Federal Budget 2017-18”
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) Chair, Mayor Shane Van Styn has said the Australian Government should act quickly to announce the next round of regional city deals to address the issues highlighted in today’s release of the Productivity Commission’s Transitioning Regional Economies report.
Commissioned by Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison, the Commission’s report aimed to understand the impact of transitioning regional economies following the resources boom.
READ MORE “Want Stronger Regions? Build Strong Regional Cities Says RCA Chair”
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today welcomed the announcement by the Assistant Minister for Cities, The Hon Angus Taylor that our Chair, Mayor Shane Van Styn was named as an expert member of the new Cities Reference Group.
Mayor Van Styn said he was honoured by the historic announcement, stating the appointment was the first time the voice of regional capital cities would be heard in a national urban forum.
READ MORE “Regional Capitals Gains Seat on National Cities Group”
Infrastructure Australia has released its latest Infrastructure Priority List, which provides independent, evidenced-based advice to governments and industry on projects that will most benefit Australia’s rapidly growing population.
Upon early analysis of the list (released February 27), RCA notes a marginal rise in projects that impact regional Australia, however the ongoing majority of the projects prioritised are designed to combat the crippling congestion problems of Australia’s ever-growing capital cities. READ MORE “Metropolitan projects heavy on latest Infrastructure Priority List”
A Productivity Commission study into ‘transitioning regional economies’ has provided a timely opportunity for RCA to remind policy makers that there should be a growing focus on urban regional Australia if declining productivity is to be addressed.
All cities that work are economic assets, and making the most of these assets can only occur if regional capital cities (RCCs) are adequately planned for, funded and their performance measured. READ MORE “City central focus and performance data crucial to transitioning regions study”
RCA recently lodged a 2017-18 Federal Budget submission calling for new and existing funding programs that will allow regional capital cities to be connected and liveable.
Regional capital cities can play a critical role in the future prosperity of Australia. To ensure that the most is made of the opportunities available in regional economies, RCA has called on the government to adopt funding streams that will allow our cities to be:
- Connected – with high speed broadband, roads, rail, ports and airports; and
- Liveable – with local access to tertiary education, health, sporting facilities, arts, and culture centres.
READ MORE “RCA budget submission calls for programs to fuel connectivity and liveability”
Regional Capitals Australia has submitted its recommendations for the Government’s competitive process of the upcoming Regional City Deals program.
The submission was developed in conjunction with feedback from RCA members, and includes case studies on four RCA member cities: the City of Greater Geraldton, City of Ballarat and Cities of Albury-Wodonga. READ MORE “RCA submits recommendations for regional City Deals assessment”
G’day RCA members and friends.
Well, we blinked and it’s suddenly March! We are three months into the year and RCA hasn’t wasted any time pushing our policy agenda; in a week’s time we will have lodged no less than four significant policy submissions to the Federal government in our drive to give regional capital cities a firm place in national policy. READ MORE “Message from the Chair – March 2017”