On the back of a successful Federal election for the Government, Minister Bridget McKenzie opted to take the reins of the Agriculture portfolio and work to strengthen and support regional Australia. Minister McKenzie was born and raised in regional Australia, with a familial connection to the high-country that spans multiple generations.
When City of Karratha CEO Chris Adams saw the opportunity to return home to Karratha after working in both local and state government, he knew it was the perfect way to make a real difference in the place he was born and raised. This desire to grow of the City of Karratha resulted in Chris taking on the role of CEO in 2012, working hard to increase the liveability of the regional city.
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) is calling on the Federal Government to urgently release $100 million allocated to the Regional Airports Program to begin to address recommendations contained in a Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport report released this week.
The Senate Standing Committee report “The operation, regulation and funding of air route service delivery to rural, regional and remote communities” has confirmed the challenges associated with maintaining air connectivity for those living in regional Australia.
Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today offers its congratulations to the new Morrison Government after their successful campaign, resulting in an election win on 18 May.
Prior to the campaign, RCA advocated for additional investment into regional capital cities and we were pleased to secure the investments that will allow our cities and regions to become the liveable alternatives to metropolitan cities.
Senator Peter Georgiou, an electrician by trade and a successful businessman realised that the best way to solve the problems facing Australia was to join the politicians in Canberra and speak up for Western Australia himself. Senator Georgiou was elected in 2017 and often speaks up for regional Australia.
Regional Capitals Australia‘s analysis of commitments made during the 2019 election campaign has confirmed the need to invest in growing regional cities was endorsed by both of the major parties.
Chair and Mayor of the City of Ballarat, Cr Samantha McIntosh said billions of dollars in promises to invest in important road, rail and air services that will better connect our member cities have been a big feature on the hustings.
RCA FEDERAL ELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT TRACKER
The following outlines the commitments in the 2019 Federal Election as advocated by Regional Capitals Australia.
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is calling on governments to create four-point plans that will increase regional employment opportunities in their communities. The Future of Regional Jobs report was launched by Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Michael McCormack at the recent Regions Rising conference.
When City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Cr Kim O’Keeffe saw a desire for change within the greater Shepparton, she knew it was time to join the Council. Cr O’Keeffe is also Deputy Chair of Regional Cities Victoria and has been living in Shepparton for over 50 years, during which time she has developed well-established businesses. Kim is determined to utilise this business experience and love of her region to act as a strong voice for Greater Shepparton. READ MORE “Interview with: Mayor Cr Kim O’Keeffe, Mayor of Greater Shepparton City Council”
With the Federal Election fast approaching, we have chosen to interview Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Anthony Albanese MP. It seems that a political career was always in the cards, with a young Anthony joining the Australian Labor Party at fifteen years of age.