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Chair’s Op-Ed: Stuck In Traffic? Time For a Rethink

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This week the Grattan Institute released a new report – Stuck in Traffic – Road Congestion in Melbourne and Sydney– essentially confirming the obvious:  congestion is a crippling problem in the CBDs and inner suburbs of Australia’s two largest cities.

So what exactly is the cost? The Australian Government’s own research estimates that every year, congestion costs $6.1 billion in Sydney and $4.6 billion in Melbourne.  These costs are projected to more than double by 2030. READ MORE “Chair’s Op-Ed: Stuck In Traffic? Time For a Rethink”

Government Releases Interim Cities Performance Framework

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Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) Chair, Mayor Shane Van Styn today welcomed the release of the Australian Government’s National Cities Performance Framework Interim Report – which aims to measure the performance of Australia’s largest cities, including 16 in regional Australia.

The interim report is a first look at how the government is thinking about tracking the performance of cities across areas like congestion, employment, housing affordability, liveability, and sustainability.

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Regional Cities Set to Swell – Mayor asks Government: “Where the bloody hell are ya?”

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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 – Statement on Federal Budget 2017-18

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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.

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Want Stronger Regions? Build Strong Regional Cities Says RCA Chair

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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.

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Regional Capitals Gains Seat on National Cities Group

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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.

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Regional Capitals Welcomes Regional Taskforce Announcement

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Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) has today welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of a Regional Australia Ministerial Taskforce to be chaired by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The Prime Minister will be joined by his colleagues Minister for Regional Development, Regional Communications and Local Government, Fiona Nash as Deputy Chair, in addition to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Education Minister Simon Birmingham, Health Minister Greg Hunt, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos, Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan and Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.

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Metropolitan projects heavy on latest Infrastructure Priority List

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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”

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