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Local Government and Regional Development Australia Committees Report

The research paper ‘Local Government and Regional Development Australia Committees: understanding the relationship and responding to the opportunities’ is now available. The paper, authored by RDA-NR Chair 2009 – 2014 Dr Ian Tiley, examines the extent to which RDA has met its objective of creating a partnership between the federal, state, territory and local governments to develop and strengthen the regional communities. This partnership was to play a pivotal role in the long term sustainability of the regions.

Since establishment of the RDA committee structure, little research has been undertaken concerning the nature of the role and activities of the committees, or their relationship with local government. This research report considers these matters and the extent to which the relationship between RDA committees and local government is effective and aligned with the RDA Charter and the needs and expectations of the local government sector.

The RDA Charter stipulates that committees have roles which include being a conduit between government and regional communities and a ‘voice for their region’ (Regional Development Australia 2009, p.2). Given this requirement, it is naturally important that local government and RDA committees develop and maintain a constructive and collaborative relationship in the interests of local and regional communities. This report attempts to better inform a range of stakeholders involved in regional governance and provide a resource which may enable improved outcomes for regional communities.

Download a copy of the report here LG&RDA Commitees 2014


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