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  1. Lee O'Connor
    October 17, 2018 @ 7:08 pm

    Finally, someone is starting to tell the truth about regional Australia. I have been an observer and active participant in community and economic development in north west NSW since the mid 1980s. Since that time government policies have not served our regions well. The generally accepted narratives about our regions are not true reflections of what happens here. Our communities and businesses are inventive, collaborative, creative and vibrant. People want to live here. Many of our young people want to return and many of them are. We are a vast area of untapped potential. We need to have policies and programs in place that recognise the value of our regions and make a better future possible. Regional Australia is not a basket case. We are victims of a centralised misinformed decision-making process that lacks both understanding and imagination. I am pleased that the RAI is trying to address these points. I hope you’re getting a hearing where and when it matters.

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