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Developing Australia's Regions: Theory and Practice by Andrew Beer

By Andrew Beer

Delves at the back of the too-often detrimental media headlines and stereotypes approximately neighborhood Australia, and considers the genuine nation of Australia's areas, together with metropolitan areas, and what may be performed to enhance their monetary, social and environmental overall healthiness.

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Such techniques are attractive as they can result in value-adding employment, as well as adding breadth to the region’s employment base and raising the overall quantum of regional output. Examples include the development of Blue Gum plantations for woodchip production in South-West Victoria and South-West Western Australia; on-farm intensive aquaculture production of freshwater crayfish in Central Queensland; and, the emergence in and around Swan Hill in Victoria of high quality stone fruit production for export.

At a more local level, Main Street Programs attempt to generate new markets — and revitalise existing markets — for small retailers. They use the beautification of the streetscape and marketing campaigns to lure back customers who might have been attracted away to a larger and more modern shopping centre. 17 Main Street Programs operate in both rural and metropolitan areas and there is sufficient evidence of their success for them to secure ongoing government support. 18 C R E AT I N G T H E I N S T I T U T I O N S F O R G R OW T H At first glance there appears to be little logic in economic development agencies attempting to promote growth by creating new institutions or groups.

61 Through the 1980s and 1990s Urban Development Corporations — of which the London Docklands Authority was best known — operated at a number of sites throughout the country62 rehabilitating degraded industrial landscapes and directly investing in the wellbeing of regions. 64 Across England £911 million was spent by RDAs in 2000–01 and the budget is expected to rise above £2 billion by 2002-03. The experience of economic development policies and programs in the US provides keen insights on how another nation has dealt with the challenge of encouraging growth.

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