Premier pushes for cities inclusion

REGIONAL PUSH: Premier Daniel Andrews in Bendigo. Picture: NONI HYETT

PREMIER Daniel Andrews will urge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to include regional areas in its new cities ministry, saying governments shouldn’t focus only on thenation’s capitals.

Mr Andrews will meet with Mr Turnbull at aCouncil of Australian Governments meeting in Sydney this week.

“I’m going to make sure that the prime minister and his government understand that it’s not good enough to have a capital cities agenda, you’ve got to have a capital cities and regional cities agenda,” Mr Andrews said in Bendigo last week.

“We need to make sure the national government is not all about Melbourne and Sydney and Canberra.”

Mr Andrew said his position that support for regional cities must be part of federal planning was“not negotiable”.

“Whether it’s infrastructure or education or health, it’s not just a capital cities agenda, it’s got to include regional cities,” he said.

“That’s the position of the Victorian government andwe look forward to the prime minister agreeing.”

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