Regional leaders sharpen focus on growth

Media Release


19 August 2015

Canberra plays host this week to a two-day national forum to discuss ways of increasing growth and prosperity across Australia's diverse regions.

Opening the annual Regional Development Australia (RDA) Forum today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said RDA committees were at the heart of regional development.

“Australia's strength comes from the contributions of its people, its businesses and its local economies across the nation,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government recognises that in a resource-hungry world Australia's regions hold the key to a strong national economy.

“When the regions are strong so is the nation, therefore effective regional planning and cooperation is essential to driving regional growth and prosperity, particularly in times of substantial social and economic change.

“The 2015 Forum agenda recognises the new arrangements brought about by the recent review that strengthens the role of RDA Chairs and committees and more closely aligns their work with the Government's vision for regional development.

“RDA Committees comprise local people who bring a range of skills and expertise from other real-world roles and understand the importance of working cooperatively to achieve a shared vision.

“The $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) is a particular opportunity for RDA Committees to use their local knowledge to help proponents lodge strong applications for projects that will be a catalyst for economic growth. 

“The combined services of RDA Committees in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia are also in high demand because of our historic Developing Northern Australia White Paper.

“Developing northern Australia is a key priority for the Government because it will benefit the entire nation through investment, infrastructure, jobs, services, emerging industries and export potential.”

Regional Development Australia is a national network of 55 committees designed to focus on regional economic development and facilitate local projects that will make a difference in their local communities.

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