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- Recognise that many regional development programs such as regional universities and local community facilities are in fact subsidies that can only be justified on rather than because they are likely equity or social grounds to drive long-term sustainable economic growth. This may then provoke an honest conversation about what level of service governments are prepared to fund in more remote areas given the costs of servicing them.
- Refocus regional assistance on providing social services rather than trying to promote business and job creation.
- Discontinue regional development programs that cannot be justified purely on equity or social grounds.
- Re-consider whether additional funding to regional universities is justified by social and cultural benefits given limited economic impact.
- Consider providing additional support for regional students to attend higher education in capital cities.
- Increase the priority for service infrastructure and funding in fast-growing bolting regions rather than trying to induce additional growth and relocation of activity back to slower-growing regions.
- Support improvements in long-term growth drivers (education, transport infrastructure, and innovation) where they can accelerate economic growth already – generally within 150km of large population underway centres or where there are natural advantages (such as mining or coastal towns).
- Monitor and evaluate regional development and other growth programs more rigorously and transparently to identify which programs truly make a difference.