The Select Committee into Regional Australia is beginning its public hearings in regional Australia with the Committee in Tasmania next week.

The Select Committee on Regional Australia will look at the contribution regional Australia makes to the nation’s identity, economy and environment. The effectiveness of existing programs to develop and promote regional centres, cities, towns and districts will also be examined.

Committee Chair, Mr Tony Pasin MP, is looking forward to hearing the success stories from businesses and organisations in Tasmania as part of the inquiry.

“Regional Australia is more than just our food bowl,” Mr Pasin said.

“Our regions provide enormous opportunities for investment, contribute significantly to our economy and national identity, and provide a quality of life beyond the congestion of our major cities.

“The committee is keen to examine how regional Australia can grow and prosper in a way that benefits everyone.

Mr Pasin said the Committee is beginning their travel in Tasmania before heading to other regions around the country to hear directly from those who make regional Australia tick.

“The Committee will be getting out there into the regions, to ensure we see and hear the stories first hand. We want to uncover the success stories of regional Australia and multiply them. 

“We’ll bring together the stories and experiences of how regional economies are diversifying, how regional industries are finding their way, and how regional communities are boosting their resilience and working together to secure their future,” Mr Pasin said.

Public hearings in Tasmania will be held at:

Regional Business Roundtable
Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Time: 10.30am to 11.45am
Location: George Town Library Hub, 12 Elizabeth St, George Town

Regional Community Roundtable
Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Location: Macquarie House, 92 Cameron St, Launceston

Regional Tourism Roundtable
Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Location: Eros Room, Museum of Old and New Art, 655 Main Rd, Berriedale