The future of Australia's country towns

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1 Jan 2001
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This paper addresses some of the problems facing rural enterprise development, such as how to achieve sufficient economies of scale, how to find capital and resources, and how to succeed in an environment which may not appear ready to foster innovative business ideas. The author...

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1 Jan 2001
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This paper discusses public policy processes at the local level, using south west Victoria as an illustration. After describing the place of south west Victoria in the economic global world and within the national and state policy processes, the paper then discusses the place of...

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1 Jan 2001
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The author was the Australian Human Rights Commissioner at the time of the Commission's National Inquiry into Rural and Remote Education, August 2000. In this paper he outlines the submissions made to the Inquiry and summarises its recommendations, which were aimed at 'enhancing the availability,...

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1 Jan 2001
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The author argues that small town decline is part of an inevitable historical process, and that changes in government policy are a symptom rather than a cause of decline. He uses the south west Victoria and north central Kansas regions to illustrate this survey of...

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1 Jan 2001
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This paper addresses the economic issues surrounding small town decline and government policy. The author discusses the perceived causes of the decline of small towns and examines the case for government assistance. He concludes that small town policy is only one aspect of broader regional...

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1 Jan 2001
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The author states that successful planning for sustainable rural development must balance and integrate ecological, economic and social elements within a community but there are difficulties in identifying locally meaningful social indicators. In this paper she draws on the findings of a project based in...

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1 Jan 2001
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The author examines the elements essential to the successful rejuvenation and survival of country towns and communities. He refers to the effects of rural development in North America and Europe over recent decades and suggests that in order to successfully maintain and develop rural areas...

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1 Jan 2001
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The author challenges the myth that non-metropolitan areas in Australia are less dynamic and less differentiated than metropolitan areas. He seeks to dispel this myth by considering population shifts in the non-metropolitan sector and summarising trends in their size, composition and spatial distribution. He shows...