State of the Regions report: Call for clearer long-term plan for regional development

regioanl development regionsThe authors of a report examining regional Australia says clearer, longer term policies are needed to grow country areas.

The State of the Regions report by National Economics, which was commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association, provides a snapshot of the economic health and make-up of the regions.

Part of the report outlines the need for a program of increased local government grants to lift national income and improve equality in the distribution of income as reported by Sarah Taillier.

National Economics’ deputy director Ian Manning said he hoped the major stakeholders were more strategic with their support.

Inequity in broadband access and internet speeds were also seen as a major hindrance for country areas trying to tap into the digital economy.

Dr Manning said the Government needed to drive more support in this area.

“Try and encourage greater amounts of investment in those kinds of things which help regional areas to compete with the cities or to get activities decentralised into them,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Australian Local Government Association said the major parties had not provided a clear plan on regional development. To read more click here.

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