Your voice for Regional QLD

Gaining the balance of power

Fighting our diminishing representation

Sound intelligent policy, not virtue signaling vote grabbing

Representation without the SE QLD noise

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About Us

Regionals, The Regional Australia Party (QLD) has been created to ensure stronger political representation to Queensland’s regional & rural residents. Through the formation of party local branches, Regionals will give our members a voice and the opportunity to participate in policy development and candidate selection. Regionals aim to become the indispensable partner of any government formed and champion the interests of regional residents.

Regionals shall relentlessly pursue the provision of services for the well-being of residents and the timely delivery of infrastructure to enhance the livability and economic growth of our regions. Through the adherence to the Australian Constitution, the recognition of the separation of Commonwealth and State powers and the democratic process Regionals shall forge the framework to deliver growth, opportunity and prosperity for regional residents, to the benefit of all Australians. If you love your region and believe that it and other like regions are indispensable to the fabric and the wealth of the State and the Nation, you can Join Us to create the booming voice of the regions.

What is Regional Queensland?

Regional Queensland is the area outside the south-east corner other wise known as South East Queensland (SEQ) of the QLD State. SEQ is regarded as a greater Metropolitan conurbation of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and the Ipswich area.

Regional Queensland can be broken into six major regions:

  • Far North (Tropical North) - Capital Cairns - including Gulf of Carpentaria, Peninsula and Torres
  • Northern - Capital Townsville – including North-West
  • Mackay, Issac & Whitsunday - Capital Mackay
  • Central - Capitals Rockhampton/Gladstone - including Fitzroy, Central and Central-West
  • Wide Bay Burnett - Capitals Bundaberg/Hervey Bay
  • Darling Downs, South West - Capital Toowoomba

The Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba based regions have a significant large ‘outback’ area that plays a special role in these regions.

How did these regions evolve?

Queensland covers a large area. The smallest of the regions, that of Wide Bay Burnett, covers an area towards the size of Tasmania and the Mackay Region is as large as Tasmania. The larger of these regions based on Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba have areas equivalent to or larger than the State of Victoria. The Cairns/ Far North Region is equivalent in depth from north to south as the State of New South Wales.

Historically, as the State grew, strategic seaports and service centres established themselves northward along the coast, to better service the areas north of Brisbane and Toowoomba established itself as a service centre west of Brisbane.

The ports established themselves naturally, initially because they provided superior safe anchorages required by the transport technology of the time to move freight and people via sea to and from their regions.

Railway lines (the best land transport technology of the time), were built to move freight and passengers from these ports and centres into their regional hinterlands. Further on in time, as road technology improved, this was complemented by road transport. Major regional airports were established as air transport technology developed.

Over the years, these ports/centres grew as major service hubs effectively becoming regional capital cities bringing higher order metropolitan type services to their regions. This, in turn, reduced costs of living and doing business, improving feasibility of developing the State’s large, previously underdeveloped agriculture and minerals, marine and tourism resources – a process that in the 1950s to 1990s, changed Queensland from being the “Cinderella State” to being a leader in national development.

As population grew, this regional structure has continued to consolidate with road and rail networks (and in the larger northern regions air service networks), radiating out from their hub cities with growing connections to the rest of Australia and overseas.

These regional areas form the backbone of Queensland’s economy accounting for the great bulk of the State’s earnings from overseas and the rest of Australia.

Representing regional Queensland & supporting regional Australia

Agricultural Industry : Sugar
Cairns : Regional Capital : Servicing and Ports Hub : Far North
Mining Industry
Townsville : Regional Capital : Servicing and Ports Hub : Northern
Agricultural Industry : Cattle
Transportation Industry : Cattle
Rockhampton : Regional Capital : Servicing and Ports Hub : Fitzroy & Central West
Fishing Industry : Commercial
Thursday & Horn Islands : Regional Capital : Servicing and Ports Hub : Torres Strait

An exciting new option for your government representation


The Secretary
Bill Bates
Ph: 0447958455

Mailing Address

The Secretary,
Regional Australia Party (Qld) Inc.
PO. Box 94, Edge Hill, 4870

ABN: 48 603 068 859

Authorised by W. Bates, Regional Australia Party (Qld), Cairns.


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