1381.0 - Research Paper: A Review of Regional Development Australia Committee Regional Plans, 2013  
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RDA committees in 35 regions reported an issue with social and community infrastructure. Inadequate provision of sport and recreational facilities was frequently identified, with common complaints including aged facilities, a lack of sporting facilities of international standard and professional regional teams, a need for greater coordination of formal and junior sport, as well as limited open space, parks and bicycle and walking paths. Inequitable provision of community infrastructure was often raised as an issue. RDA committees in many regions reported that residents of outer metropolitan, rural and remote areas did not have the same level of access to community, sport and recreational facilities as people who live in regional centres or inner city suburbs.

RDA committees in several regions reported a lack of funding and support for community infrastructure, particularly for cultural and arts events, festivals and venues. Other shortages of social and community infrastructure included town centres, facilities for religious activities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, local television and radio services, child care, security lighting and cameras and funeral services.