A farmer might be more likely to chat to her hairdresser about the tough time she’s having than seeking professional help.
Professionals in rural and regional Australia such as hairdressers, accountants and bank managers often play the role of counsellors too.
The mining industry is the largest and perhaps most visible contributor to Australia’s army of long-distance commuters.
Regions that offer adquate amenities for residents have the best chance of converting long-distance commuters into the sort of new residents who can sustain regional prosperity.
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.
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.
The Elvis Express travels from Sydney to Parkes for a festival, now in its 25th year, that has transformed the town.
Outside the capital cities and the coastal fringes, the towns and people of rural and regional Australia have had to be inventive to get through the tough times.
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?
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.
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.
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’.
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.
The Southeast Queensland Regional Plan’s revision will include engagement of the community.
A long-term plan can’t properly underpin a vision without engaging many of Southeast Queensland's stakeholders and visitors or without the use of appropriate futures methods.
Long before the election was called, Labor leader Bill Shorten was in Eden-Monaro talking about the cost of living.
Superannuation, health and child care are among the issues that are likely to matter most to voters in the bellwether NSW seats of Eden-Monaro, Robertson and Lindsay.
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.
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.
Television in regional Australia is about to get a shake-up.
The Nine Network's partnership with Southern Cross Austereo doesn't just impact regional television. It has ramifications for media ownership, television and what counts as 'local content'.
Farming land in New South Wales.
Growing population, growing demand for food, climate change: Australia's rural lands are facing a number of pressures. So how can we sustainably use them in the future?
Rural and regional Australians deserve more than tokenistic media coverage of their regions.
Before media reform becomes a runaway train, we need to return to the drawing board and rethink the maps that define and guide broadcasters on reporting news for “local areas”.
Graduates of a 2015 Tertiary Entry Program, which paves the way into university courses, with lead author and CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Bronwyn Fredericks (fourth from left) and Provost Hilary Winchester (far right).
If we're serious about closing the gap in Indigenous education, our new research shows the value of building better bridges into universities and vocational education.
Current policies aren’t working – it’s time to open the door to other suggestions.
Current incentives used to recruit more teachers to work in rural and regional schools aren't working. But could the health sector offer up some possible solutions?
Regional women strike outdated attitudes as they try to progress their careers.
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"Too emotional". "Lack talent". "Can't manage a career and family". It sounds like a episode of Mad Men, but that's what regional women hear every day at work.
To write off towns outside of Sydney and Melbourne as being bereft of culture is an arrogant falsehood.
Briony Osei, Eve Beck and Jack Griffiths in The Bacchae. Photo taken by T J Lee
The term "regional arts" carries certain baggage that can create, and uphold, a divisive opposition between city and country. But there is plenty happening in regional Australia, and much to potentially lose.
Remote households trying to telecommute rely on satellite connections to high-speed broadband – which sometimes don’t work.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull reiterated the importance of the National Broadband Network (NBN) for regional and rural Australia in an address to the NBN Rebooted conference in Sydney last week…
Apollo Bay in Victoria. Australia’s coastal towns are vulnerable to changes in the surrounding seas.
Australia’s coastal towns, many built around fisheries and tourism, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. South east and south west Australia are marine hotspots — they are warming much faster…