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Creation of Regional Deals Highlights Importance of Regional Capitals

We recently saw a significant step forward in recognition of regional capital cities and the important role they play in assisting with the growing Australian population, when Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack announced the Hinkler Regional Deal for Queensland regional capital cities Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

The new ‘Regional Deal’, like the previous City Deals announced for Townsville, Geelong and Launceston, will bring together all levels of government to develop the cities and identify new and important ways to grow the regional economy.

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Regional Capitals Australia Announces New Board

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today announces Cr Samantha McIntosh, Mayor of the City of Ballarat as new Chair of the national alliance. Cr McIntosh was elected to the position at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Cr McIntosh joins the Board with a wealth of experience gained through her position as Mayor of the City of Ballarat and previous roles in hospitality, tourism and health support services.

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Interview with: Stephen Jones MP

In this edition of the RCA Newsletter, we are featuring the Federal Member for Whitlam, Mr Stephen Jones MP, the Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories, Local Government and Regional Communications.

Prior to entering politics Jones held a number of roles, including roles as a community worker, a lawyer with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and also as the Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

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Regional Capitals Australia Welcomes Regional City Push in Building Up and Moving Out Report

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) today welcomes the strong call to grow Australia’s regional cities by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities in their Building Up & Moving Out report.

Deputy Chair of RCA, Cr Col Murray said that the report was a clear confirmation of the importance of regional capital cities and their role in a growing Australia.

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RCA analyses the final report from the Senate Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation

The Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation‘s final report, Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia’s Future was handed down on the 28th of June this year.

The Select Committee, which was Chaired by the Nationals’ MP Damien Drum included representatives from all sides of politics, including Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government Mr Stephen Jones and the independent member for Indi, Ms Cathy McGowan AO. The Committee was tasked with reporting on the best practice approaches for the decentralisation of Commonwealth entities, regional development and corporate decentralisation.

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Interview with: Craig Doyle

After filling various CEO roles over the years working for some of the large private sector companies and Corporations in Australia, Craig Doyle decided to come home to Mackay to take on a CEO role of a different kind when he joined Mackay Regional Council. It is clear that Craig is passionate about improving the liveability of Mackay and ensuring that regional cities are heard and represented in national policy.

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Interview with: Senator Janet Rice

After completing her Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne it was clear that the environment was going to be at the heart of Janet Rice’s career. Senator Rice’s first role was as an environmental campaigner for the Conservation Council of Victoria and the East Gippsland Coalition, working for the Department of Water Resources and Bicycle Victoria. Senator Rice was also Mayor for the City of Maribyrnong in Melbourne from 2005-2006 before taking the leap into federal parliament.

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