ERIC Number: ED458055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Small Town Renewal: Overview and Case Studies.
Kenyon, Peter, Ed.; Black, Alan, Ed.
Many small, inland, and remote Australian rural communities continue to lose population and businesses, a trend that has intensified over the last 2 decades. Mean age continues to rise, while the 15-24 age group contracts dramatically. Such declining demographics are caused by the stress and uncertainty of volatile world commodity markets, as well as by environmental concerns, technology changes, changing lifestyles, low income and rising debt levels, declining educational and health services, deteriorating infrastructure, high family and business costs, and recent policies that centralize services. However, some communities have been able to build resilient characteristics and plan and implement a range of survival and revival strategies resulting in improved quality of life and economic opportunities. This handbook is designed to enhance the capacity of small rural communities to take proactive renewal initiatives by focusing on what communities are doing. Fourteen case studies are presented of small Australian towns with populations of less than 3,500 that have made positive local development possible. Although each case is unique, common themes include right timing; use of community planning processes; enthusiastic local leadership; positive attitude; local entrepreneurship; local investment; smart use of outside training, technical assistance, and financial resources; new community networks; and focus on retaining young people through employment, recreational, and educational initiatives. Contact information is presented for each case study. (Contains 420 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Agents, Community Action, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Community Development, Community Leaders, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Quality of Life, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Small Towns, Social Capital, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/reports/HCC/01-043.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Barton (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia