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There are some cities which score highly in both measures of the innovation index, like Hobart. Dave Hunt/AAP

Here’s 49 small communities innovating as well as the big cities

Innovation is focused on regional centres that have research and development institutions, but more than 150 regional areas have potential to match this innovation, research finds.
Geelong’s relatively high creative industries score, coupled with a robust rate of business entries, provides a solid foundation for steady growth. paulrommer from www.shutterstock.com

Bust the regional city myths and look beyond the ‘big 5’ for a $378b return

Regional cities can be as effective at generating jobs and growth as their big five metro cousins. But they must identify and build on their strengths to be investment-ready.
A farmer might be more likely to chat to her hairdresser about the tough time she’s having than seeking professional help. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Hairdressers in rural Australia end up being counsellors too

Professionals in rural and regional Australia such as hairdressers, accountants and bank managers often play the role of counsellors too.
The housing affordability crisis isn’t limited to the big cities – the Tweed Heads area, for instance, is rated worse than Melbourne in the latest survey. AAP

A housing affordability crisis in regional Australia? Yes, and here’s why

The affordability crisis in regional Australia has a long history. In some places the problem is even worse for residents than in the capital cities.
Bailey Brooks, who lives on her family’s station 400km south of Alice Springs, won nbn Co’s national drawing competition with an illustration of the SkyMuster satellite. But is the satellite enough for her family? AAP/nbn Co

Regional Australia is crying out for equitable access to broadband

A new coalition of bodies representing regional Australia is calling on the government to help guarantee better access to the internet and the networked economy.
Rural and regional policy must be made in context, not in isolation. AAP/Lukas Coch

Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all

It's time for a fresh look at community and policy development in rural and regional NSW – one that recognises that doing things differently will deliver benefits to urban populations as well.
Connecting the city and regions, long-distance commuting is a significant factor in regional centres. Peter Mackey/flickr

Commuters help regions tap into city-driven growth

Long-distance commuting may help promote the development of regional cities by boosting local populations, skills and incomes.
A lack of differences in major policy areas such as agriculture and trade means local project funding – for roads, boat ramps and the like – reinforces the adage ‘all politics is local’. AAP/Alan Porritt

Election 2016: how well are the major parties meeting the needs of rural and regional Australia?

On the big national policies affecting non-metropolitan Australia, such as agriculture and trade, the major party differences are minor. That's why the election focus turns to local projects.
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Election 2016: the issues in non-metropolitan Australia

What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.

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