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Regional Cities and City Regions in Rural Australia

A Long-Term Demographic Perspective

  • Peter John Smailes
  • Trevor Louis Charles Griffin
  • Neil Michael Argent

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 1-5
  3. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 7-11
  4. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 13-21
  5. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 23-36
  6. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 37-44
  7. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 45-53
  8. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 55-64
  9. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 65-71
  10. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 73-78
  11. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 79-88
  12. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 89-99
  13. Peter John Smailes, Trevor Louis Charles Griffin, Neil Michael Argent
    Pages 101-102
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 103-119

About this book

Introduction

The book examines the extent to which the sustained population growth of Australia’s heartland regional centres has come at the expense of demographic decline in their own hinterlands, and, ultimately, of their entire regions.  It presents a longitudinal study, over the period 1947-2011, of the extensive functional regions centred on six rapidly growing non-metropolitan cities in south-eastern Australia, emphasising rapid change since 1981.  The selected cities are dominantly service centres in either inland or remote coastal agricultural settings.  The book shows how intensified age-specific migration and structural ageing arising from macro-economic reforms in the 1980s fundamentally changed the economic and demographic landscapes of the case study regions.  It traces the demographic consequences of the change from a relative balance between central city, minor urban centres and dispersed rural population within each functional region in 1947, to one of extreme central city dominance by 2011, and examines the long-term implications of these changes for regional policy.  The book constitutes the first in-depth longitudinal study over the entire post-WWII period of a varied group of Australian regional cities and their hinterlands, defined in terms of functional regions.  It employs a novel set of indices which combine numerical and visual expression to measure the structural ageing process.

Keywords

Economic change in late twentieth century Australia Demographic change in late twentieth century Australia Post-WWII Australian demographic and economic expansion Urban Concentration in Australian regional development Regional centres in the Australian space economy Population change in twentieth century Australia Population growth in regional Australia Non-metropolitan cities in south-eastern Australia Comparative Age Profile Primary industry employment Regional demographic trajectory Dispersed rural population Regional refugee resettlement Australia’s heartland regional centres Global Trends in an Australian context Demographic change in rural landscapes Australian political economy Australian regional development policy Australian space economy Relative Ageing Index

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter John Smailes
    • 1
  • Trevor Louis Charles Griffin
    • 2
  • Neil Michael Argent
    • 3
  1. 1.Hugo Centre for Migration and Population ResearchUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Hugo Centre for Migration and Population ResearchUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Division of Geography and PlanningUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1111-6
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-1110-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-1111-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-3215
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-3223
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