Connecting communities

Australia needs a comprehensive plan for its regions

Australia is currently undergoing changes that profoundly affect regional communities.

While our cities grow at breakneck speed, many rural areas suffer population decline. Regional Australians have poorer economic, social and health outcomes than our city cousins.

We are at the frontline of issues like climate change which will continue to impact  our regional industries and our unique lifestyle. The devastating summer bushfires are a compelling case in point.

Australia needs a comprehensive, long-term and bi-partisan national plan if it is to successfully address the specific needs of regional Australians.

Read my regional development issue paper.

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