Putting Indi first
Member for Indi Cathy McGowan today welcomed the National Party’s candidate in the forthcoming election contest for the seat of Indi.
“I congratulate Mark Byatt for being endorsed as the National Party candidate and I look forward to watching a strong contest that puts the needs of Indi first,” she said.
Ms McGowan has been a leading advocate for rural and regional communities as a member of the Select Committee inquiring into regional development and decentralisation. The committee released its Regions at the Ready report last year.
“This report calls for a consolidated government policy on regional Australia. I am looking forward to hearing the Government’s response next week when Parliament resumes. I want to see action outlined on Regional City Deals for rural and regional Australia, particularly Albury Wodonga,” she said.
“For regional Australia to reach its potential, we need strong, effective leadership.
“It is important for the Government to address key regional and rural issues including higher education inequities, funding for childcare, the lack of ongoing funding for mobile phone towers, and a definitive regional policy that addresses the benefits of decentralisation,” she said.
“In our budget impact report last year, 76% of people ranked the need for a regional policy high, along with education and training at 81%. Over one third of urban young adults study at university, but only 12.7% are from inner regional areas and 12.4% from outer regional areas.
“Action on climate change and renewable energy ranked high at 76% and trains and public transport at 84% remains a priority.”
Regions at the Ready, a bi-partisan report, covers best practice approaches to regional development, the decentralisation of Commonwealth entities and supporting corporate decentralisation.