Advancing the Rural Migration Initiative
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI), in partnership with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, held a luncheon in Melbourne at the beginning of this month, to pursue a collective action on the rural migration initiative.
Earlier this year, the RAI launched the Missing Workers Paper that has since galvanized national support to address labour shortages and declining population in regional Australia.
RAI CEO Jack Archer said the purpose of the event was twofold. Firstly, to continue to educate and raise awareness of the need to address workforce shortages in rural communities, and secondly to highlight the strength and success of locally led migration campaigns.
“We are continuing to build a coalition of communities, organisations and peak bodies who can rally behind the need for transformation to ensure our regional and rural communities can continue to grow and prosper,” Mr Archer said.
“Here at the RAI, we believe we can use our national network to harness and amplify the needs of regional Australia and we welcome the opportunity to work with regions who feel they too could benefit from being involved in the Rural Migration Initiative,” Jack Archer said.
Speakers at the event included Councillor Cheryl McKinnon, Mayor of the Loddon Shire Council in Northern Victoria who shared her insights about how the Pyramid Hill community activated and led a cohesive strategy to welcome migrant families and boost their languishing workforce.
Personal accounts from Filipino migrants Marilyn Fernandez, a Kia-Ora Piggery worker, and Fione Garchitorena, a 15 year old High School student, brought home the sacrifices that were made and the challenges that were overcome with community support. Pleasingly both stories expressed that moving to Australia was the best decision their families had ever made.
Attendees also included senior representatives from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Dairy Australia, NBN Co, AusVEG, Open Universities, RDA Orana, AMA Victoria, John Holland, Limestone Coast LGA, The Scanlon Foundation, Refugee Talent, Leadership Great South Coast and Regional Development Victoria.
Later this month the RAI will be launching a Migration Tool Kit which has been generously sponsored by the Scanlon Foundation. This offering will be made available to regional communities across Australia to provide them with the step-by-step guide to undertaking a successful locally led Rural Migration Initiative.
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