A Shorten Labor Government will invest $795 million in a comprehensive Plan for Regional Development, to ensure the strength of our regions.
This election is a choice between a Shorten Labor Government investing in the future of regional Australia, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals and Nationals.
Improving both regional services and investing in community infrastructure will enable regional cities and towns to grow, attract and retain the workers needed to power regional economic development.
Labor’s Plan for Regional Development includes replacing the Liberals and Nationals City Deals program with a new, more rigorous program called City Partnerships to engage all levels of government and the private sector with a strategic vision for our cities.
We will also create an Office for Regional Development within the Department. Supported by an Expert Panel, the Office will provide high level advice and assessment of Regional Plans put forward by RDAs.
Labor will also invest in our regions through:
- A $250 million investment in local community infrastructure.
- A $245 million investment in better regional communications.
- A $200 million Local Community Projects Program.
- $100 million for Regional Airports.
Regional Australia should not be an afterthought.
After six years of dysfunction and chaos within the Liberal and National parties, our united Labor team is ready to deliver a fair go for regional Australia.
End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote Labor.