Australia’s Strength Begins With Strong Regions


Australia’s Strength Begins With Strong Regions

Leaders in regional development met this week in Canberra for a national forum to discuss ways of increasing growth and prosperity across Australia's diverse regions. RDA Orana Chair John Walkom, Deputy Chair Matthew Fuller and CEO Felicity Taylor-Edwards travelled to Canberra for the 2-day forum to participate in the discussions.

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

“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,” said Minister Truss.

“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 Orana Chair John Walkom said that the emphasis on good data and strong business cases along with building partnerships with the private sector were high on the agenda.

Photo: RDA Orana Chair John Walkom, Deputy Chair Matthew Fuller, CEO Felicity Taylor-Edwards and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss met over dinner in the Great Hall at Parliament House on Wednesday evening.

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