Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says Australia Day is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the future of regional Australia.
Senator McKenzie said with the mining boom receding, key future growth opportunities could be found in regional Australia.
‘‘Agribusiness, gas and tourism were recently identified by the Deloitte report ‘Positioning for Prosperity: Catching the Next Wave’, as potential growth industries for Australia,’’ Senator McKenzie said.
The report said growth in these three industries, as well as international education and wealth management, could add $25 billion to the economy over the next 20 years.
Senator McKenzie said regional Australia was made up of strong communities which bore the brunt of extremes in weather and international economic fluctuations with great resilience.
‘‘Community organisations like the CFA, service clubs and the CWA provide critical support for many small towns,’’ she said.
Australia Day was also a celebration of diversity and creativity, as Australia is a nation that has embraced multiple and changing identities, Senator McKenzie said.
‘‘It is a time to recognise local leaders who are dedicated to their community and to improving the lives of others,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s about reflecting on our resilience and preparing to take advantage of the opportunities before us.’’
‘‘I am looking forward to travelling around regional communities in north central Victoria on Australia Day to help celebrate their achievements and community spirit.’’
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