The Toowoomba Region’s leaders have a clear message for the Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce and Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash – decentralise your departments, and establish them in the Toowoomba region.
Mayor Paul Antonio is leading a charge to see decentralised government departments set up their base in the burgeoning city.
“Toowoomba Regional Council is a strong advocate for the economic advancement and diversification of regional Australia and the move of State and Commonwealth entities to regional communities would show the government is serious about the growth of regional Australia,” Mayor Antonio said.
“The proposal is a win-win for government - boost employment and economic growth in regional communities whilst achieving operational savings and improved decision-making by immersing departmental staff in local communities.”
Mayor Antonio believes the Toowoomba region’s liveability is one its greatest assets, dubbing it a capital city in a regional community.