The social and economic performance of Australia's large regional cities and towns: implications for rural and regional policy.

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Title The social and economic performance of Australia's large regional cities and towns: implications for rural and regional policy.
Author Stimson, R.; Baum, Scott; O'Connor, K.
Journal Name Australian Geographical Studies
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell
Abstract Australia's large regional cities and towns display wide variation in how they are adjusting to the socio-economic transitions occurring in Australia. That variation is exposed using a multi-variate model analysing performance on a range of socio-economic variables over the decade 1986 to 1996 for 122 cities and towns with populations of 10 000 and above at the 1996 census. Those places are classified into seven clusters of community performance reflecting opportunity/vulnerability, and their spatial patterns are mapped. The resulting framework is then used to show how the recent geography of the socio-economic performance of the large regional cities and towns has a distinctive selectivity and contributes to opportunity in some places and the vulnerable performance of others. The influence of that selectivity can be seen in the mismatched geographic patterns evident from an analysis of shares of national population and employment change, investment in non-residential construction, levels of welfare dependency, and the ratio between household income tax generation and transfer benefits received. The paper uses the insights drawn from that analysis to pose questions suggesting the need to rethink national policy perspectives for addressing change in non-metropolitan Australia.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119815348/grouphome/home.html?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8470.00200
Volume 41
Issue Number 2
Page from 131
Page to 147
ISSN 0004 9190
Date Accessioned 2006-07-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject Urban and Regional Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/20365
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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