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Submissions open for regional development inquiry


Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says Monday’s announcement inviting submissions to the national inquiry into regional development and decentralisation will pave the way for regional communities throughout Australia to shape their futures.

The Turnbull government last month agreed to establish an inquiry to investigate and report on best practice approaches to regional development, examine decentralisation of Commonwealth entities as a mechanism to increase growth and prosperity in regional areas, and look at ways to encourage greater corporate decentralisation.

Ms McGowan said she was proud the inquiry had the potential to be informed by best practices as they exist in Indi through the model of community engagement known as the Indi Way.

“Listening to the broad range of expertise in regional communities, and giving them a voice in decision making is the best way,” she said.

“To make the best of the inquiry we need to maximise capacity within our community to ensure as many individuals and organisations as possible are confident in participating in the discussion. They should have the opportunity to develop their ideas and move from problem identification to solutions that will influence the final recommendations made by the committee.”

The Committee has agreed to establish an expert panel to workshop trigger questions that will be included in an issues paper designed to guide and inform those making submissions to the inquiry. The paper is due for release at the end of August.

Ms McGowan encouraged all those interested in making submissions to the inquiry to begin their discussions early within their own communities.

“The people of Indi should formulate their submissions with reference to the inquiry terms of reference, identifying the impacts of issues as they see them, as well as potential solutions and deliverable outcomes for Indi.”

Submissions to the inquiry will close on 15 September. Ms McGowan, who is a member of the inquiry committee, says she looks forward to bringing her rural colleagues to Indi for one of a series of public hearings that will follow.

“I want the committee to hear first-hand about the many successful examples of decentralisation in Indi. There are plenty of people doing amazing things whose case studies could help shape a regional policy that will deliver greater growth and prosperity across the country.”

“I will also be paying attention to ensuring the voices of young people are heard during this inquiry, particularly in relation to the provision of education and job opportunities.”

Ms McGowan called for an inquiry with a Notice of Motion in Parliament on 22 May. The Inquiry, including the appointment of committee chairman, Member for Groom, Dr John McVeigh, was announced on 1 June.

For further information about the inquiry and to make a submission click here 

You can also contact the committee secretariat directly at PO Box 6021, Parliament House, CANBERRA ACT 2600;                 phone them at (02) 6277 4108 or email to rdd.reps@aph.gov.au

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