A new voice for regional Australia – RAC2031
In May, the RAI will launch the Regional Australia Council 2031, or RAC2031 as it is otherwise known. This Council is the first of its kind with a strong focus on supporting regional prosperity.
RAC2031 gives corporate Australia a vehicle to support the development and investment of our regions in a collaborative way that will enhance the lives of one-third of our population. This is an opportunity to create a lasting legacy and our current partners are committed to this.
So why have we created this?
At the RAI National Summit in Canberra last year, more than 250 regional stakeholders endorsed our ambition to change the narrative of regional Australia.
Our research and engagement with people across the country over the last eight years has also confirmed the need for significant societal shift – to encourage more Australians to live, work and invest in regional Australia.
The RAI is currently developing a new vision for regional Australia, which includes the development of a National Awareness Campaign to promote the opportunities it has.
To be successful, this campaign will require input from all sectors. Corporate Australia will be a key group in advancing a pathway forward for regional Australia.
This forum will listen to organisations that have genuine care for, and impact in regional Australia. This does not function as a lobby group, but rather as an action-based model to support the work of the RAI and in turn regional Australia.
Key government representatives, including the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Ministers with regional responsibilities, as well as the Opposition, will be invited to engage with RAC2031 and provide feedback and direction.
As COVID-19 grips the country, people need hope, they need strong leadership and the assurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel. At the RAI, we will work to ensure our campaign will deliver on that.
Over the next few weeks, we will announce the members of RAC2031. Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Michael McCormack will officially open its first meeting in May. Watch this space!
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