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Farmers & Graziers

10 July, 2021

Regional movement

NEW data released this week from the Regional Australia Institute has affirmed that Australians are swapping the city for the regions in record numbers. National Farmers’ Federation CEO Tony Mahar said the new data was “further evidence” that it was time to think differently about investing in and planning for the future of regional Australia.


REGIONAL LIFE: New data indicates more people are moving to regional areas

NEW data released this week from the Regional Australia Institute has affirmed that Australians are swapping the city for the regions in record numbers. National Farmers’ Federation CEO Tony Mahar said the new data was “further evidence” that it was time to think differently about investing in and planning for the future of regional Australia. 

“Australia has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put the policy and investment settings in place that will supercharge our regions: providing jobs, services and a lifestyle that is second to none,” Mr Mahar said. “The NFFs welcomes the ongoing work by RAI and also the Government’s recognition of this opportunity with the elevation of the newly-named ‘Regionalisation’ portfolio to Cabinet under the auspice of Senator Bridget McKenzie. 

“We look forward to briefing Senator McKenzie on the NFF-led Regionalisation Agenda, which is supported by leading organisations, including RAI, all with an interest in and a vision for regional Australia. “Having worked with Senator McKenzie in other portfolios, we know her to be a passionate advocate for the bush  and welcome this new role as a chance to establish real momentum behind regionalisation.” 

Mr Mahar said the recommendations of the Regionalisation Agenda challenged governments to direct the same level of resources for the place-based development of regional centres as is in place for areas like Western Sydney. “A key recommendation within the paper is for National Cabinet to identify 20 placed-based regional development precincts, with a focus on a renaissance of food and fibre manufacturing. 

“We also ask that National Cabinet to be responsible for delivering and reporting on regional development outcomes metrics such as access to high-speed internet; the cost and reliability of electricity and the incomes of regional Australians as compared to their city counterparts.”

 Mr Mahar said there was no time to waste in acting on a bona fide plan for regionalisation. “The benefits of getting this right will be multi-pronged: economic and lifestyle opportunities for both existing regional Australians and new-comers and a much-needed pressure release for our congested capital cities.”  


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