Sustaining Regions

The title Sustaining Regions has a proud history in Australian regional practice. ANZRSAI launched the publication in 2001 under a contract with the then Australian Government's Research and Development Programmes for Rural and Regional Australia. Since Volume 5, Issue 3 in 2006, Sustaining Regions has not attracted sufficient articles to publish three issues per year. There have been two issues only: Volume 6, Issue 1 (2007) and Volume 7, Issue 1 (2009).

Changes in the funding of research institutions have removed the incentives for researchers to contribute articles to journals which are not refereed. At the same time there have been changes in regional practice in Australia with the emergence of EDA (Economic Development Australia), SEGRA (Sustainable Economic Growth in Regional Australia), and the Australian Government Department for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.

The Council of ANZRSAI has decided to place articles and reviews which would previously have been published in Sustaining Regions within a renamed publication Sustaining Regions, the Newsletter of ANZRSAI. In this way we can provide a continuing outlet for wide discussion of the social, environmental and economic conditions in the bounded localities in which all people live, and provide an input to debate, policy and research on regions.

It has been necessary to establish a new ISSN. Accordingly Volume 7, Issue 1 (2009) was the last issue of Sustaining Regions. ISSN 1446-2974

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1 Jan 2009

The numerous political, economic, environmental and other problems that surround the regional development of the rural areas of Australia are discussed. The various measures that can be taken or are being taken to overcome these barriers are also analyzed.

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1 Jan 2009

The author presents another view and perspective on the Regional Development Program. He explains the way in which different projects under the program failed miserably and also elaborates on the different steps that could have been taken to avoid these mishaps.

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1 Jan 2009

The Australian government has initiated a Regional Development Program for establishing a closer link between the regional communities and government and the state government of the country. The various elements, operations, advantages and views of people towards this particular program are discussed in the article....

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1 Jan 2009

The paper describes how some of the existing statistical classifications and definitions used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) hide or minimise the extent of disadvantage experienced in remote and sparsely populated areas of Australia. The ASGC Remoteness Classification, SEIFA Indices and definition of...

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1 Jan 2007

Heritage is important to regional development in terms of promoting a sense of place and a sense of identity for those in the region. Heritage is often expressed through culture and the arts as a means of manifesting a community's sense of what the community...

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1 Jan 2006

This paper brings to the surface a number of issues about the experience of being a board member of a RDA in NSW and WA. It seems that board members are drawn to this involvement as an act of goodwill and in the effort to...

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1 Jan 2006

Local government is an integral part of Australian culture and society and its formation dates from the early years of formal governance in Australia. There is no longer a traditional definition of 'core' local government services such as 'roads, rates and rubbish'. Australian local government...

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1 Jan 2006

Discusses location quotients and shift-share analysis as the traditional and somewhat old-fashioned methods for regional development planning. The regional development strategies used in the Illawarra region of New South Wales (NSW), which lies on the coast south of Sydney, are highlighted.

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1 Jan 2006

The recent publication of the NSW Government's draft Far North Coast Regional Strategy (NSW Department of Planning 2006) provides a timely and interesting context in which to examine the NSW Far North Coast region. At stake are issues of regional governance and planning, spatial economic...

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1 Jan 2005

Discusses the 'development gap' that is both pervasive and counter-productive for any pursuit of economic and social equity. As long as this gap persists, economic goals are seen in isolation from other community goals, and non-economic community needs and aspirations remain disconnected from sources of...

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15 Aug 2004

This article summarises a select review undertaken by the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE 2003) of previous government intervention approaches and experiences in pursuit of regional development.

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15 Aug 2002

This article examines a number of regional issues using information from a range of fields of research and using broad timeframes.

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15 Aug 2002

This research outlines a typology for sustainable locaI enterprise development, which identifies the key roles of both individual innovators and local institutions.

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15 Mar 2002

The Progress Rural WA programs aimed to widen community leadership and were designed to encourage participants to be transformational leaders; to empower those around them and support them in the process of change.

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15 Mar 2001

The research asked the question: what are the factors that contribute to an innovative culture in local government organisations?

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15 Mar 2001

Regional diversity is a hot topic in Australia’s policy agenda. There is growing evidence that the economic and social circumstances of Australians vary significantly by region. As a result of this disparity, policies may increasingly need to target particular regions.

Income inequality in Australia...

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1 Jan 2001

Information on the expenditure patterns of farmers was collected as part of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics' 1999 Australian agricultural and grazing industries survey. Farmers were asked to estimate the proportion of their expenditure on certain farm and household goods and services...

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1 Jan 2001

Utilising both Australian Bureau of Statistics and non-ABS data, this article presents the Western Australian regional profile covering the Midlands Statistical Division in order to provide an example of the range of data presented in regional profiles and how these data can be utilised in...