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Abstract: Research relating to Australia’s urban planning and policy agenda is dominated by what happens in Australia’s five metropolitan cities. However, the total population of the next twelve largest urban areas (medium sized cities) exceeds the population of all but Sydney and Melbourne, displays population growth rates in many cases greater than those of the five major centres and is a preferred home location for more than one in ten Australians. There is little research about these places and contemporary urban policy discussion looks to major metropolitan areas here and overseas for content and relevance. The growth of Australia’s medium cities and the sources of this population growth, suggests an increasing importance for many medium-sized cities. Specific differences in the drivers of growth, approaches to planning and sources of economic change are evident in these cities when compared to metropolitan regions yet, to date, only fragmented examples of an emergent and differentiated approach to planning policy and practice has been evident

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