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.

Resilient Regions

Journal article

1 Jan 2018

In Australia, heatwaves are the deadliest natural hazard and a major driver of peak electricity demand. The disproportionately high peak demand increases electricity prices, causes occasional blackouts and exacerbates energy poverty, all of which limit one’s ability to use air conditioning. Meanwhile, increased energy efficiency...

Book

20 Dec 2017

This statistical resource measures progress in a region against social, economic, environmental and governance indicators.

Report

15 Dec 2017

This report concludes that much expenditure in regional areas does little to facilitate adjustment and long term development - and that governments could coordinate better and evaluate their activities in Australia's regions.

Report

11 Dec 2017

This paper has two purposes: to draw attention to the unacceptable rates of rural suicide and to suggest where attention should be focused if people are serious about making a difference.

Report

9 Dec 2017

Urban water infrastructure faces a number of challenges over coming years. This report outlines a pathway for reform.

Research report

7 Dec 2017

This report argues that consistent face-to-face access to service delivery professionals is an important part of improving outcomes in small towns and in improving longer-term economic and social prospects in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged places.

Policy

7 Dec 2017

South Australian Liberal Steven Marshall MP has announced a policy of state funding for Regional Development Australia boards if elected in March 2018.

Report

6 Dec 2017

This report examines the impacts of climate change on fisheries and marine biodiversity and makes recommendations around research, monitoring and marine natural resource management.

Report

4 Dec 2017

This report sets out initiatives that seek to position the Gold Coast to retain its competitive advantage.

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 plan aims to drive sustainable growth.

Conference paper

3 Dec 2017

This paper describes the development and calibration of a model developed for the Illawarra region to aid regional planning for transport, housing and jobs.

Briefing paper

1 Dec 2017

With appeal to both domestic and international markets, the ACT has seen strong growth in overnight visitor numbers from both markets over the past few years - exceeding national growth rates.

Discussion paper

1 Dec 2017

This discussion paper provides an overview of how mine rehabilitation is currently regulated in NSW, and seeks public feedback on proposals to improve rehabilitation outcomes for state-significant mining developments.

Report

1 Dec 2017

This report makes recommendations aimed at maximising the competitiveness of the Australian steel industry and levelling the playing field so that Australian steel has the best opportunity to compete fairly in an increasingly globalised market.

Research report

1 Dec 2017

This tenth report in BCEC’s Focus on Western Australia series examines the important issue of costs of living in WA, and how real household living costs have changed in recent years.

Strategy

30 Nov 2017

This report outlines why the Western Australian Auditor-General feels there is still time for Tourism WA to achieve its goal of doubling tourism spend - although it will be challenging.

Report

30 Nov 2017

This Report examines whether prices are in fact high; considers the impact these prices have on regional communities; explores causal factors driving high prices; and suggests steps that Industry and Government might take to address community concerns and reduce airfares.

Website

29 Nov 2017

The stories of Australia’s regional and remote communities are integral to the fabric of a culturally ambitious nation, and the artistic excellence among regional artists is critical to a vibrant arts sector that reflects Australia’s depth and diversity.

Report

23 Nov 2017

This research looks at the travel choices of Australian young people, to examine ways to entice millennials to visit regional New South Wales (NSW).

Report

22 Nov 2017

Provides an overview of freight, urban and non-urban passenger rail, including traffic levels, infrastructure and rolling stock, and railway performance.