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Regional Capitals Australia Welcomes Budget Connecting the Regions

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Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) has welcomed the release of the 2019 Federal Budget, which includes billions of new investment to better connect regional cities. 

RCA Chair, Cr Samantha McIntosh noted that the significant investments in roads, rail and airports will have substantial and long term benefits for regional capital cities and ensure the cities could continue to ease the squeeze felt by the major capital cities.

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Regional Capitals Australia Calls for Regional Cities Funding in Federal Budget

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Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) has today called on the Australian Government and Opposition to put the needs of those living in regional cities front and centre in the Federal Budget and Opposition reply.

Regional Capitals Australia Chair, Mayor Samantha McIntosh, said that the alliance had put a clear view to Canberra that regional capital cities needed to be connected, liveable, and productive if Australia was going to grow successfully.

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Regional Capitals Australia Welcomes Push to Grow Regional Cities

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Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) has today welcomed the release of Australia’s first national population plan released by Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison, Minister for Cities and Population the Hon Alan Tudge and Minister for Immigration the Hon David Coleman along with the initiatives to better connect regions as announced by Minister for Regional Services and Decentralisation the Hon Bridget McKenzie.

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Regional Capitals Australia Welcomes Telstra’s Minimum Service Guarantee Announcement for Regional Landlines

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Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) welcomes today’s announcement from Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Bridget McKenzie and Telstra CEO Andy Penn, which outlines that landline reliability will be increased in regional Australia through a program of work. The work will be undertaken to resolve faults and extend repair times currently being experienced by network users.

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Regional Capitals Australia Backs Call to Fund Regional Airports

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Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today joined the Australian Airports Association (AAA) in calling for a Regional Airports Infrastructure Fund to be included in the upcoming Budget.

Regional Capitals Australia Chair and City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Samantha McIntosh said that funding was needed to ensure regional airports would be able to adhere to security regulations and consistently maintain airport infrastructure.

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Interview with: Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor, Cr George Seymour

Prior to being elected in 2012 as a councillor for Fraser Coast Regional Council, Cr George Seymour ran the region’s youth homelessness shelter. This compassionate nature has extended into his new role as Mayor, in which George works hard to help solve youth unemployment and create a healthy, thriving local community. READ MORE “Interview with: Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor, Cr George Seymour”

Thank You and Farewell to Outgoing RAI CEO Jack Archer

This week The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) CEO, Jack Archer has bid his farewell from the institute he helped to establish in 2011.

During his time with the integral think tank, Jack has been a champion for regional cities all around the country.  Moving the institute’s research agenda beyond a sole focus on primary production issues, Jack allowed the think-tank to lead a strong evidence-based policy discussion on the need to getting planning and investment in regional cities right.

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Interview with: Minister Alan Tudge

We know that population growth is an important topic that is on the minds of many RCA Members, so for our first political interview of the year, we have chosen to interview Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge.

Before entering politics, Minister Tudge held a number of roles, including a number of ears with the Boston Consulting Group in New York, Australia and Malaysia, and was also Deputy Director of Noel Peterson’s Cape York Institute.  READ MORE “Interview with: Minister Alan Tudge”

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