Academic journal article Australasian Journal of Regional Studies

Notes from the Editors

Academic journal article Australasian Journal of Regional Studies

Notes from the Editors

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This edition of the journal again highlights the diversity of regional science and the disciplines and sub-disciplines that make up that entire body of research. It draws case study examples from various Australian regions and, in one case, provides an important international example which would be of high relevance and interest to Association members and others.

The Editors recognise with thanks the high quality of these papers and the efforts of the contributors, drawn from a wide range of institutions and discipline areas.

In the international case study, drawn from Papua New Guinea, Blazey and Perkiss reflect on the often adverse impact on traditional (customary) landholdings, communities and societies; of foreign development investment supported by wider government economic development policy.

The Dollery Ors. paper consider models for the provision of services, particularly for smaller local authority areas. This is particularly relevant given the ongoing trend towards local authority amalgamations across Australia. Perhaps not unrelated is the paper by Grant and Woods which considers new fiscal arrangements that could be applied through a more regionalised revenue raising base.

An aging demographic is a now well recognised characteristic of many Australian regions. …

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