A Parliamentary committee is asking for input on regional development and decentralisation
Submissions can be made via www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Regional_Development_and_Decentralisation
Submissions close 15 September
The Parliamentary committee has been asked to finalise an interim report by end 2017 with its final report not later than February next year
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry is urging private and public entities to makes submissions to the Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation by September 15.
“The Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation has now released an issues paper and I urge local government, business and industry groups to make submissions,” Ms Landry said.
“A lot of regional areas will be vying for decentralised government offices, so it’s important we put our best foot forward and work collaboratively for consideration.
“I will be pushing for Capricornia to be considered and I look forward to working with local government and industry to lobby strongly for this.”
The issues paper considers the National Party-led decentralisation agenda and says government departments and agencies should only be forced to move to locations where they can boost the local economy, where sufficient office space and transport infrastructure is in place and when the benefits outweigh the costs. Research from Australia and overseas shows that successful decentralisation moves required destination towns to "have some appeal to public servants and their families."
“Our region offers the perfect mix of services, lifestyle and industry, so I think there is great opportunity to promote these assets when preparing submissions.
“The National Party is driving public and private decentralisation strategies to help build a secure future of economic growth and jobs outside the major metropolitan centres.
“We are taking very decisive action to grow strong regional economies and I want to see Capricornia be part of this.”
All Coalition portfolio ministers have been required to tell cabinet which departments or functions are suitable for a regional move, with business cases for forced relocations due by December. The committee's interim report is due before the end of the year, with a final report to be tabled by February 28, 2018.