Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Regional leaders to plan for the future at RDA Forum

Media Release

MM130/2019

16 August 2018

  • The Regional Development Australia (RDA) National Forum is being held in Canberra this week
  • Regional leaders from across Australia will meet to network, collaborate and share experiences on best practice in regional development
  • RDAs play an important role in growing strong regional economies and communitiesRegional leaders from across the country will gather in Canberra over the next two days to map out the future for Australia’s regions at the 2018 National Regional Development Australia (RDA) Forum.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh, who is hosting the forum, said the event was a great opportunity for RDA committees to connect and share ideas on how to bring innovation and economic investment to regional Australia.

“The national network of 52 RDA committees work with all levels of government, as well as business, industry and the community, to strengthen local economies across the country,” Dr McVeigh said.

“These local champions have an active role in helping our regions harness their competitive advantage, seize on economic opportunities, drive investment and create jobs.

“The forum is about bringing these regional leaders together with experts, academics and government to discuss issues, share knowledge and build important collaborative networks to ensure our regions continue to thrive.”

Dr McVeigh said the theme of the forum – collaborating and networking to grow regional economies – highlighted the importance of regional partnerships to continue the growth of these strong and diverse regional communities.

“The Coalition Government is committed to the ongoing success and productivity of Australia’s regions,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This national forum is about planning for the future of our regions and working together to ensure all local communities around Australia can reach their full potential.”

Further information about RDA Committees can be found at https://rda.gov.au/.