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Sustainable communities: the important role of local government in building social capital

Local government in Australia ought to be aware of specific community needs and goals, and be willing to initiate and facilitate practices that will encourage cooperation and interaction within communities and between communities, service providers and all levels of government. Social capital theory is discussed...
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Trust in rural areas

Networking and the collaborative nature of the global economy reinforce tendencies towards geographical clustering of firms in specialist and related industries. This paper discusses cluster and network formation, networking, social capital and social network cohesion. How does trust influence business processes, economic sustainability and business...
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Winning ways: online regional communities that click

In recent years, significant resources have been allocated to support the establishment of online communities, websites and regional web portals, which can foster community activities, interests and events in rural and regional communities. However, most initiatives fail to develop sufficient revenue streams or systems that...
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Developing policy for Australia's small towns: from anthropology to sustainability

Two approaches to learning about the structure and function of Australia's small towns are discussed in this paper: the community studies approach, which has a deep understanding of the forces operating within local communities but lacks a strong policy perspective; and the sustainability based approach...
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Riverside and Rangesview: urban to rural migration in two areas of Western Australia's Great Southern region

Why do people migrate to rural communities and how well do they settle? Locals and immigrants in Riverside and Rangesview, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, were surveyed on why they lived in a rural area, the positive factors related to a rural...
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