The Liberal Government has reinforced its commitment to growing rural and regional Australia through a strong regionalisation agenda and an ongoing drive to deliver much-needed infrastructure to the regions.
In response to the Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia’s Future report, Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said that the Liberal Government understands the importance of continuing to invest in regional Australia to strengthen the economy and create jobs.
“Regional Australia generates around 30 per cent of our nation’s GDP and that’s why we continue to take steps to strengthen rural and regional communities,” Mr Porter said.
“The report put forward 13 recommendations, all of which we have seriously considered.
“We will also establish an expert panel to undertake a targeted assessment of the key issues identified by the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation. The panel will be asked to develop a blueprint to guide the Government’s policy response to the issues highlighted by the committee.”
In the 2018-19 Budget, the Liberal Government committed to funding more than 100 new regional programs that create jobs, support economic growth and improve access to essential health, education and communications services.
“We understand that regional Australians deserve the same access to health services as those living in the cities and that is why we have invested $550 million in our Stronger Rural Health Strategy that will deliver around 3,000 additional specialist GPs for rural Australia, over 3,000 additional nurses in rural general practice and hundreds of additional allied health professionals in rural Australia over 10 years,” Mr Porter said
“And through our Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy, we continue to back our regional universities and create further opportunities for students in the regions to meet the skills, research and development needs of industry.
“We are also investing $220 million in the Mobile Black Spot Program that has delivered 671 operational base stations so far, driving a new spirit of small business investment in the regions and improving the safety of local residents in times of natural disasters.
“This program has already resulted in the installation of 11 local base stations in my electorate of Pearce which have delivered improved mobile coverage right across our community.
“The Liberal Government will continue to support regional and remote communities, ensuring they thrive both now and into the future.”