Efforts by governments to redirect population growth to regional Australia have never worked. Even if such policies could be made to work, they probably wouldn't be worth the costs.
We read about and watch other people moving to the coast or country and, in doing so, sometimes we're persuaded to join the seachangers and treechangers ourselves.
Even in the age of digital disruption and big-name mergers, there are signs that local newspapers remain viable and strong.
A new parliamentary report has taken an informed and sensible approach to developing regional Australia, without simply focusing on the contentious issue of decentralisation.
With the emerging emphasis on regional City Deals and Smart Cities funding, perhaps Australia is beginning to find its way to a national cities policy, rather than just a big cities policy.
Growth in high-skilled jobs is highest in Australian cities and for the country its low-skilled jobs.
The big ticket resources projects of the past decade have not delivered as hoped for regional Queensland. New approaches are needed.
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.
Knowing a city’s professional network ratio helps to understand how connected its inhabitants are to other markets, customers and ideas. All support innovation, adaptation and city growth.
A comparison of 36 Australian cities finds that, unlike Europe, the data on their creativity and culture are not closely linked to their capacity to generate economic value and social well-being.
Regional settlement of migrants benefits both new arrivals and local communities.
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.
The side effects of globalisation that have led to our current populist politics will not be successfully addressed by old-style industry policy.
Professionals in rural and regional Australia such as hairdressers, accountants and bank managers often play the role of counsellors too.
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 affordability crisis in regional Australia has a long history. In some places the problem is even worse for residents than in the capital cities.
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.
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.
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.
Long-distance commuting may help promote the development of regional cities by boosting local populations, skills and incomes.