Resilient Regions

Regional towns and cities play an important role in the economic, social, cultural and environmental development of Australia.  This collection features research concerned with specific issues in regional Australia and highlights the contribution made by the Regional Universities Network researchers towards advancing Australia’s national prosperity, productivity and identity. RUN member universities are: CQ University, Southern Cross University, Federation University Australia, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland and University of the Sunshine Coast.

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Resilient Regions

Research report

7 Dec 2017

This research has several implications for policy makers, specifically:

• Support community led initiatives. Some towns are bypassing state and Commonwealth processes in order to attract service delivery professionals to their communities. Some places have worked around administration-heavy procedures to...

Policy

7 Dec 2017

South Australia has eight Regional Development Australia Boards (RDA) working in partnership with federal state and local governments to support the economic development of their regions and the state more broadly.

If elected in March 2018 a Marshall Liberal Government will enter a longer...

Report

6 Dec 2017

On 14 September 2016, the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report: The current and future impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity, including: (a) recent and projected changes in ocean temperatures, currents and...

Strategy

4 Dec 2017

As Australia’s seventh largest city, Greater Newcastle faces a new future with investment in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism. This first-ever draft Metropolitan Plan for Greater Newcastle aims to capitalise on this investment through a collaborative approach. The draft Plan sets out strategies and...

Report

4 Dec 2017

The Gold Coast is quickly maturing into a place of broad opportunity and rich experiences. The Commonwealth Games are just around the corner and we’re seeing more than $12.5 billion invested in transformational infrastructure projects. YP Gold Coast aims to have a bold voice on...

Conference paper

3 Dec 2017

Traditional approaches to regional modelling and planning rely on trend-based analyses whereby demographic projections are used to initialise and bootstrap future demand for housing, transport and jobs. Besides, most of these approaches cannot adequately take into account the intricate interactions between land use, transport and...

Briefing paper

1 Dec 2017

As a visitor destination, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and its regions offer outstanding national attractions and a strong event program, along with excellent wineries and dining experiences, varied accommodation options, and a range of beautiful locations in which to undertake active pursuits. The ACT...

Report

1 Dec 2017

This inquiry arose after a growing crisis in the Australian steel industry came to a head during the 44th Parliament. Australia's two major integrated crude steel producers, the Arrium steelworks in Whyalla, South Australia, and the BlueScope steelworks in the Illawarra region, New South Wales,...

Research report

1 Dec 2017

The Western Australian economy has experienced something of a roller-coaster ride over the last decade, with unprecedented economic growth over the course of the resources boom followed by a post-boom period during which activity has cooled. Despite a reduction in demand in a number of...

Strategy

30 Nov 2017

Tourism represents a major opportunity for Western Australia in terms of revenue and jobs. The State Tourism Strategy 2020 was intended to realise that opportunity by growing visitor numbers and doubling tourism spend to $12 billion a year. Much has been done and growth has...

Report

30 Nov 2017

Few issues attract greater local interest or rouse community sentiment more in regional Western Australia than the cost of air travel.

In the regions, air travel is not a luxury – it is an essential service, akin to buses or trains in the metropolitan...

Report

23 Nov 2017

Tourism Research Australia in partnership with Destination New South Wales commissioned Instinct and Reason to research the Australian youth travel market. Youth or ‘millenials’ are defined in this study as persons aged 15-29 as well as those aged 30-34 who do not have children. This...

Report

22 Nov 2017

This statistical report is a further development of the previous rail freight performance publications series Trainlines 1–4.These publications are collaborations between BITRE and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA). Trainline 5 provides an overview of freight, urban and non-urban passenger rail.The report analyses traffic levels, the...

Other text

21 Nov 2017

Australia's Agricultural Industries 2017 map provides a snapshot of agriculture's status and trend. It shows where Australia's broad agricultural land uses are located and statistics on their area and land tenure. The map reports on the top 5 livestock, crop and horticulture commodities based on...

Submission

11 Nov 2017

Long ago, the area known today as Port Phillip Bay was not a bay but a wide expanse of dry countryside. We know this from scientific evidence and from stories passed down through generations by the local indigenous people. The Traditional Owners of this area...

Blog post

8 Nov 2017

If rural and regional areas are to counteract the historical ‘pull to cities’ and compete with the dynamics of agglomeration, higher wages, greater employment opportunities and levels of services, then having a reliable supply of affordable, quality ‘to-buy’ and rental housing will play a key...

Report

8 Nov 2017

Technological and economic changes have created new opportunities in small-scale manufacturing and the “maker” economy, which present a chance for communities to make progress on several important economic development issues. Small-scale manufacturing can grow local entrepreneurship and small business, develop or enhance new and existing...

Guide

7 Nov 2017

SERREE (South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence) is a regional renewable energy industry development initiative led by Regional Development Australia ACT. This three-year initiative to develop a replicable, regional-scale renewable energy industry development model has been collaboratively funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency...

Submission

6 Nov 2017

The Regional Australia Institute is pleased to present its submission to this inquiry and commends the parliament for its renewed focus on this nationally important issue.

Promoting growth in all regions is crucial to optimising growth in the national economy and opportunity for all...

Research report

1 Nov 2017

Western Sydney Airport (WSA) is a once-in-many-generations opportunity for Western Sydney. Rather than simply being a place that planes land, it is reasonable for WSA to be the centrepiece of a holistic development at the airport and in its surrounds, to maximise the economic and...