Aboriginal population mobility in Alice Springs: Analysis of public housing

Aboriginal population mobility in Alice Springs: Analysis of public housing Report

DKCRC Research Report

  • Author(s): Centre for Remote Health,
  • Tertiary Author(s): Flinders University and Charles Darwin University in conjunction with Tangentyere Council,
  • Published: 2011
  • Publisher: Ninti One Limited
  • Volume: 57

Abstract: ABS and other population analysts suggest that population mobility is one of the most difficult aspects to understand in relation to population analysis. In central Australia the impact of colonisation, the establishment of missions and cattle stations and the development of the town of Alice Springs and the settlements around it have had a major impact on population displacement. Population mobility has a major socioeconomic impact on both the immigrating, transient and permanent populations; it has implication for service delivery and for the stability, strength and, at times, governance. In central Australia there has been an ongoing debate about urban drift1 – its existence and impact. The issue has been covered in local media, often presented as an argument for leveraging additional financial support for service organisations in town. However, not much is known about the nature of the urban drift, whether in fact there is drift or circular mobility, or the role of major service centres such as Alice Springs. Many people may move to Alice Springs with accompanying family members for long-term medical treatment and then move back to their homes in remote communities. This research provides some insight into the issues related to mobility and housing.

Research Notes: 01/10/09: complete this record when you get the report published.

Notes: 01/10/09: complete this record when you get the report published.

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Centre for Remote Health,, 2011, Aboriginal population mobility in Alice Springs: Analysis of public housing, Volume:57, Report, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4641.

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