Thirty-two percent of Australians live in the non-metropolitan areas of Australia. This report looks at the development of community committees in rural and regional areas.
The desire for rural and coastal lifestyles, advances in communications technology and positive market conditions for industries such as mining and agriculture mean that a regional renaissance is well underway. To take advantage of the opportunities for growth and renewal in regional Australia there is a need to challenge the status quo in regional development.
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is an independent, apolitical, national think tank established to conduct research into priority policy issues impacting all areas of Australia lying outside capital cities. Our mission is to become an authoritative and trusted source of independent information and policy advice. Using existing information, and commissioning new research, the RAI will foster an informed debate and better decision making at all levels of government.