On 11 February 2015 the Senate moved that the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquire into the future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia. The Inquiry is seeking to assess the current demographic trends and the changing role of regional capitals; look at funding provided to regional capitals; analyse the benefit and mechanisms of additional funding based on population, demand for services and their strategic importance for the region, state or country as well as opportunities to grow regions and policy measures to support this.
The committee is interested in receiving submissions not just from representatives of regional capitals, but also from other towns and cities who have relevant views to express about the current and future role of regional capitals. Any person, organisation, town or city may contribute to the inquiry through making a submission by 30 April 2015. More information can be found here.