Remote & Rural Australia
As a nation, we constantly struggle to draw and encourage critical skills and development to areas of need or opportunity. Our small population and large land mass sees the majority of our population pool around our capital cities and key urban areas, as these provide greater economic and innovation opportunities for many individuals and industries alike.
However, as a nation, we have immense opportunities in the further development and innovation of our rural industries including agriculture, manufacturing, energy and other resource developments. Yet in order for us to truly achieve this national potential, we must first bridge the gap that already exists in the access to and provision of key services to our rural and remote communities, particularly in the areas of health, education, emergency services and communications infrastructure.
Traditionally, approaches to these development issues have been left to and managed at the State / Territory and Local Government levels, however there is greater opportunity for a National approach to be taken and facilitated through Federal Government provisions to better enable equality of opportunity to a more enjoyable way of life for all Australians.
The AVP proposes the creation of Economic Development Zones that carry Federal tax exemptions and subsidies to not only encourage greater commercial development opportunities within our rural and remote regions, but will also attract more of the essential services to bridge the gap in access and affordability for individuals and families living within these areas. The legislation of Economic Development Zones will include specific criteria that will first look to address the current deficit in many rural Australian areas as highlighted particularly in the health and education sectors during recent times.
Additional considerations to complement this policy approach include:
- Permanent fuel excise subsidies for rural and remote Australia, to recognise the realities of the extended distances travelled by residents and the lack of public transport alternatives. (note - maintaining regular / higher fuel excise for higher density urban areas remains the opportunity to encourage greater public transport use and lower emission transportation alternatives eg. electric vehicles).
- Federally funded Community Centres within these Economic Develop Zones to better support migration integration as these are and should become likely destinations for targeted migration programs, in addition to young family education and rural support programs as these are likely to also draw more affordable living opportunities for urban settled Australian residents.
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