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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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 Deal for Albury Wodonga

Media Release

BM005/2019

20 March 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon. Sussan Ley MP

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories
Member for Farrer

The Australian Government has today announced the Albury Wodonga region will pilot a Regional Deal, with the Government committed to working with state and local governments to identify regional development opportunities.

Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Bridget McKenzie said like existing City Deals, the Albury Wodonga Regional Deal will bring together all levels of government to capitalise on the opportunities for the region and make the most of local strengths to foster economic development.

“The Regional Deal approach provides a unique opportunity to get all three levels of government on the same page and working together towards the common goal of ensuring a region can reach its maximum potential,” Minister McKenzie said.

“Working together will help governments develop a shared vision for our region, which will identify and consider key investments and reforms that are required in that area.

“This will be the first cross-border deal ever made and will look at harmonising some of the regulatory barriers faced by these two cities to drive more growth and productivity locally.

“To address the challenges and make good on the opportunities, I believe we need all levels of government working together with the community to develop a plan that will support Albury Wodonga region to prosper over the next decade.”

This includes an initial investment of $3.1 million to undertake Strategic Planning with the community which will help to form the basis for the deal moving forward.

In addition our collective vision and commitment will be formalised by signing a Statement of Intent. This will involve both Local, State and Federal Governments in conjunction with the business sector. This will be an important first step in commencing the Regional Deal.

Welcoming the announcement Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said this important deal for the ‘two cities’ will go a long way to removing some of the unnecessary obstacles preventing Albury-Wodonga reaching its unique and unlimited potential as a region.

“I want this initial funding to give local businesses and industry a seat at the decision-making table, allowing our community a clear voice to grow this next exciting chapter for the Border. I am very proud we've been able to deliver this agreement.”

Combined, Albury-Wodonga is the 17th largest Australian city and projections show strong growth for the future.