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Making migration work for regional areas

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13.10.2019

Federal Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge recently announced a revised population plan for Australia. One of its key pillars is to encourage new arrivals to move to regional Australia, rather than settling in our crowded cities.

The plan seeks to put in place some incentives, including new regional visas, with the aim of supporting regional growth through migration.

There's no doubt that increased migration to regional Australia can be beneficial to rural and regional centres, both economically and in terms of revitalising a community and its population.

But what are the key factors which will make such migration successful and sustainable?

The Regional Australia Institute has been researching this question and considers that there are seven "steps to settlement success" which can be put in place at the local level to make regional migration a win-win for all involved.

One: Encourage each local government area to develop a strategic vision through community consultation. What does the community want the town or region to look like in five, 10 and 20 years........

© Canberra Times