Inland Rural Towns: Are They Sustainable?

Inland Rural Towns: Are They Sustainable? Conference Paper

Outlook 2002 Conference

  • Author(s): Alston, Margaret
  • Published: 2002
  • Publisher: Academy of the Social Sciences

Abstract: • Globalisation and changes in agriculture have resulted in major social changes in inland Australia. • Depopulation of the inland has led many to speculate on the future of rural towns and rural people. • There are population drifts from country towns to cities and from the inland to the coastal regions. • The demographics of several small towns in central New South Wales have been the subject of intensive study during 2000 and 2001. • There has been work done in relation to young people, employment opportunities, education access and social capital. • There is a future for rural towns, but it is dependent on the support of governments, attention to infrastructure and regional development.

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