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Member Organisations

APPEA
Aurizon
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Commonwealth Bank
Expedia Group
KPMG
NBN Co
Prime Super
Telstra
TransGrid

Regional Champions

Andrew McConville
APPEA

Andrew McConville

Chief Executive
Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration (APPEA) is the peak national body for Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry. APPEA represents almost 200 companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production as well as the provision of goods and services to the upstream oil and gas industry.

APPEA and its member companies play an essential role in providing resilience and flexibility for regional economies. When APPEA’s member companies buy from local businesses, employ local people, and support local community groups, this, in turn, provides an economic boost right through the region and more broadly into the Australian economy. In addition to the great initiatives of APPEA’s members, its Brighter Program is speaking to, and partnering directly, with communities across Australia to ensure opportunities are realised.

Paul Cronin
Aurizon

Paul Cronin

Head of Corporate Affairs
Aurizon

Aurizon is Australia’s largest rail freight operator and a top 100 ASX company. Each year the company transports more than 250 million tonnes of Australian commodities, connecting miners, primary producers and industry with international and domestic markets.

Approximately 80% of Aurizon employees are in regional communities. By joining the Regional Australia Council we look forward to working with other organisations to support the further growth and development of the communities where so many of our people live and work.

Robert Musgrove
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Robert Musgrove

General Manager, Corporate and Public Affairs
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

The Bendigo and AdelaideBank has a long and proud history. For more than 160 years, we have actively listened and responded to the needs of our customers and their communities.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has assets under management of more than $71.4 billion and market capitalisation of around $5.6 billion. We are Australia's fifth largest retail bank, with more than 7,200 staff helping our more than 1.7 million customers to achieve their financial goals.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank's history, reputation, footprint and most importantly understanding of rural and regional communities and their local economies, enables the Bank to bring a unique and expert perspective to the national policy debate on rural and regional jobs and growth.

The Bank's rural and regional customers and the communities they live and work in should be central to an elevated debate about Australia's economic strategies. This has never been more important than in the current environment. We look forward to representing these people, places and experiences in the important conversations led by the Regional Australia Council.

Grant Cairns
Commonwealth Bank

Grant Cairns

Executive General Manager, Regional & Agribusiness Banking
Commonwealth Bank

The Commonwealth Bank is one of Australia’s leading providers of personal banking, business and institutional banking and share broking services. Our purpose is to improve the financial wellbeing of our customers and communities. For more than 100 years, we have helped Australian farmers and regional businesses innovate and grow with our specialised insights, innovative technology and tailored service and product solutions.

We have a long standing history of supporting regional communities and agribusinesses across the country. Our Regional and Agribusiness Banking team has more than 600 team members across regional Australia, supported by our significant branch network – providing us with a deep understanding of regional concerns and opportunities. Commonwealth Bank recognises the important role Regional Australia Council plays in shaping the future of regional Australia and we look forward to being involved in this important discussion.

Eacham Curry
Expedia Group

Eacham Curry

Director, Government and Corporate Affairs, Australia and New Zealand
ExpediaGroup

ExpediaGroup plays an important role in the Australian travel ecosystem, connecting Australian suppliers with travellers, and driving demand from our local and global sites. We believe the digital economy has the potential to open up new possibilities for small and medium businesses in Australia and we actively support their adoption of technology and innovation, providing access to technology, training, data-trends and insights to help inform their business decisions. Our online travel brands have been a feature of the Australian travel landscape for nearly twenty years: Wotif, Stayz and Expedia.

ExpediaGroup is a proud supporter of the Regional Australia Institute.offers an unmatched opportunity to connect Australia’s Regional SME tourism operators (be they local activities, motels, caravan parks or accommodation of other types) to local, regional and world travellers. Tourism is a vital ingredient to local economies and employment opportunities across Australia, helping communities to thrive. In a fast changing world, we also help tourism suppliers to ’go-digital’, because that’s where travellers are.

Robert Poole
KPMG

Robert Poole

National Lead Partner, Agribusiness
KPMG

KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. In Australia, KPMG has a long tradition of professionalism and integrity, combined with our dynamic approach to advising clients in a digital-driven world. We have approximately 6,700 people, including over 400 partners, with offices around the country.

Amid times of economic change, technology advancement and industry disruption, KPMG has the depth of expertise, global reach, clarity of insight and strength of purpose to work shoulder to shoulder with our clients – now and into the future.

We have joined RAC2031 to lend our insights, capabilities and investments to assist in further unlocking strengths and opportunities that sit across regional Australia

Gavin Williams
NBN Co

Gavin Williams

Chief Development Officer, Regional and Remote
NBN Co

NBN Co is the company helping Australia transition to a digital future by building and operating a new high-speed, wholesale local access broadband network. The Company’s purpose is to lift the digital capability of Australia, allowing Australians to have access to a fast, reliable broadband network, at least possible cost to the taxpayer.

There are more than 30,000 people working around the country on this important transition. As the network wholesaler, NBN Co provides wholesale broadband to Retail Service Providers (RSPs) on a non-discriminatory basis – aimed at enhancing competition and providing greater choice for consumers across the country.

NBN are very passionate about regional Australia, so much so that we have invested in a business unit, NBN Regional and Remote, whose sole focus is to lift the digital capability of regional Australia to stimulate the economy and social wellbeing of regional Australians. The Regional Australia Council provides the perfect platform to lean in with likeminded organisations to lead change and make a real difference to regional Australia, particularly as it relates to education, jobs and health.

Mark Ashburn
Prime Super

Mark Ashburn

General Manager, Distribution
Prime Super

Prime Super has been a partner to regional Australians for more than 20 years. Prime Super is a high performing independent super fund owned by our nearly 130,000 members. The fund is open to all and our mission is to ensure every member has the opportunity to enjoy the best financial retirement outcome they can expect from their lifetime of work.

We decided to partner with RAI because our business is regional Australia. We find Liz Ritchie and the team knowledgeable and passionate about the people and businesses that make regional Australia an exciting and vibrant place to live and work. The RAI has been a reliable source of data and ideas that we have been able to use to improve our business intelligence.

Ben Gursansky
Telstra

Ben Gursansky

Head of Rural and Regional Affairs
Telstra

Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, offering a full range of communications services and competing in all telecommunications markets. In Australia we provide 18.3 million retail mobile services, 3.7 million retail fixed bundles and standalone data services and 1.4 million retail fixed standalone voice services.

We believe it’s people who give purpose to our technology. That's why our purpose is to build a connected future so everyone can thrive.

Telstra has a long history of providing vital connectivity to regional, rural and remote communities and is committed to providing improved mobile coverage to regional and remote Australia. When it comes to service and technology, we focus on all Australians – no matter where they are located.

We’re committed to delivering leading telecommunications products and services to our customers in regional, rural and remote Australia. We know faster, more reliable connections provide better access to education, health and business services, and can contribute to economic growth and we’re looking forward to important conversations led by the Regional Australia Council to advance these key areas.

Graeme Wedderburn
TransGrid

Graeme Wedderburn

Head of Corporate Affairs
TransGrid

TransGrid operates and manages the high voltage electricity transmission network in NSW and the ACT. We offer a range of infrastructure and telecommunications services to meet the growing needs and expectations of our customers. Our network connects NSW to Queensland and Victoria, and forms the backbone of the National Energy Market (NEM). It consists of 106 bulk-supply substations and over 13,000 kilometres of high voltage transmission lines, underground cables and interconnections. We connect more than three million homes and businesses to an electricity supply, and provide the platform on which energy is traded within NSW and the ACT. This allows energy consumers to gain access to the lowest cost generation available.

TransGrid is pleased to partner with the Regional Australia Institute and Liz Ritchie on this important initiative to support people living and working in regional and rural Australia. Our people operate all across NSW and the ACT to deliver services to electricity customers and communities and we’re deeply committed to investing further in essential network projects through a $10 billion construction program which will generate thousands of new jobs in regional NSW.

About RAC2031

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has created a new initiative called the Regional Australia Council 2031 (RAC2031) – this is the first of its kind in Australia.

The Council gives corporate Australia a vehicle to support the development, investment and prosperity of our regions in a collaborative way, to enhance the lives of Australians who choose to live in the regions.

The joining members will help shape and execute a new vision and national awareness campaign to help promote the opportunities that exist to live, work and invest in regional Australia.

RAC2031 does not function as a lobby group, but rather as a solution-based model to support the work of the RAI and, in turn, regional Australia.

Together, with these organisations, we will continue to ensure that regional Australia is a priority and we hope to create a lasting legacy!

The RAC2031 will focus on four key pillars:

Jobs; Population; Liveability; People and Leadership

About RAC2031

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has created a new initiative called the Regional Australia Council 2031 (RAC2031) – this is the first of its kind in Australia.

The Council gives corporate Australia a vehicle to support the development, investment and prosperity of our regions in a collaborative way, to enhance the lives of Australians who choose to live in the regions.

The joining members will help shape and execute a new vision and national awareness campaign to help promote the opportunities that exist to live, work and invest in regional Australia.

RAC2031 does not function as a lobby group, but rather as a solution-based model to support the work of the RAI and, in turn, regional Australia.

Together, with these organisations, we will continue to ensure that regional Australia is a priority and we hope to create a lasting legacy!

The RAC2031 will focus on four key pillars: