A message from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack:
Clean air. Plenty of space. Wonderful people. Why would you want to live and work anywhere else?
There is so much potential in rural and regional Australia. We know 8.8 million people call regional Australia home. The regions provide employment for one in three working Australians and contributes about one-third of our national economic output.
Regional centres in my electorate, such as Parkes in the north, Cowra in the east, Wagga Wagga in the south and West Wyalong in the west are big enough to find a good cup of coffee but they are small enough to care.
You are 10 minutes from anywhere in town, which is so important when trying to strike the balance between work and life - it means more time for you and your family and less on congested roads.
There is plenty of potential yet to be unlocked in our regions and this new quarterly magazine, Future Focus, will help to show what there is to offer.
Read the first edition of Future Focus magazine, Planning for Prosperity by clicking here.
I urge those in metropolitan areas who have not experienced life outside the concrete jungle to come and have a look. You may be surprised at what living in regional and rural Australia can provide for you - whether you are a young worker looking to get into the housing market or a family looking for a change of pace - the regions can provide opportunities which are not easily available in the city.
Thank you for helping to shine a light on what our beautiful part of the world has to offer.