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Albury-Wodonga one of three regions to receive Federal Regional Deal to enhance growth

26/02/2019

The Australian Government has today announced a Regional Deal with Albury Wodonga and committed to work with state and local government to address challenges and strengthen opportunities in the region.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack visited Wodonga today to make the announcement which will bring together three levels of government, the community and private enterprise to create place-based partnerships.

RDA Hume Chair, Susan Benedyka has welcomed the decision following discussions with Mr McCormack in Canberra last week.

“It is clear that the Government has recognised the achievements of the Albury and Wodonga councils to work collaboratively and create positive outcomes for their cities,” Ms Benedyka said.

“The announcement is a positive outcome for the councils’ commitment to have shared vision to plan, develop and grow the Albury-Wodonga region.”

The initial investment of the deal will include $3.1 million to undertake Strategic Planning with community to support funding opportunities going forward.

The Regional Deals were based off the successful City Deals model which bought together all levels of government to set clear objectives on city’s priorities and needs. There are three Regional Deals across Australia with Barkly in the Northern Territory and the Hinkler Regional Deal, which includes Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in Queensland being the only other places being awarded the deal.

The deal will benefit of Albury-Wodonga, which is the 17th largest Australian city, by removing some of the obstacles facing the border-cities.

“I strongly believe that we will see some immediate outcomes and we will be working with the Federal and State Government in providing important insight to ensure the region can reach its full potential,” said Ms Benedyka.

Bringing people and ideas together, RDA Hume collaborates with business, industry bodies and agencies to foster comparative advantages in agriculture, food processing and other regionally significant industries.

Find out more about what’s happening in our region by visiting Our Projects page.



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