Last night, Tom Sloan represented Sustineo at the Regional Australia Institutes’ (RAI) launch of the Regional Australia Hub. The RAI is Australia’s leading think tank focused on better understanding social and economic development within our regions. In 2019 alone, they have produced a number of significant pieces of research which give a better understanding of regional population growth, regional jobs, insights into the factors that shape regional liveability, and outlined steps towards creating locally supported and driven migration and community settlement plans. Cutting across health, employment, migration, economic development, agriculture and creative industries, the RAI provide important context to inform policy and public discourse around the varied and diverse contexts within which regional communities operate.
The Regional Australia Hub is one of their latest initiatives to provide a space for regional partners to base themselves from when they travel to Canberra for work. Launched last night by Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, and his fellow Minister, the Hon David Littleproud MP, the Hub space provides great facilities, including options for hot desking through to large meeting rooms.
A highlight of Hub space was that it also functions as a gallery space for regional artists. Currently, there is a wonderful display of Indigenous art from the Yaama Ganu Centre in Moree. On display for the next three months, this in and of itself is a worthy reason to get in touch with the RAI, check out the art, and see their new space.
Congratulations to the RAI on the great research work they have produced in 2019 and all the best for greater successes in 2020 through their research, advocacy, and the Regional Australia Hub.