body bg


A Region Back on the Rails?: Passenger Rail and Regional Development on the NSW Far North Coast

  • Year: 2006
  • Author: Stilwell, Frank; Paillas, Stephen
  • Journal Name: Sustaining Regions
  • Journal Number: Vol. 5, No. 3
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: New South Wales

The recent publication of the NSW Government's draft Far North Coast Regional Strategy (NSW Department of Planning 2006) provides a timely and interesting context in which to examine the NSW Far North Coast region. At stake are issues of regional governance and planning, spatial economic growth, environmental sustainability and social development. Public infrastructures, though apparently beyond the scope of the Government's current report, warrant particular consideration because they play such a central role in regional development. The Casino to Murwillumbah railway, which was closed in May 2004 because of its apparent lack of commercial viability, makes for an interesting case study. Was the closure of the train service necessary, even though the region is experiencing rapid population and economic growth? Are there other options whereby public rail transport could serve the needs of balanced regional development? This article examines the region and the rail closure from a political economic perspective. It examines the Regional Strategy, explains the railway line closure, looks at the campaign for its reopening, and situates these concerns in a broader analysis of the forces impacting on regional development.

Related Items

Distributional and consumptive water demand impacts of different types of economic growth in two northern Australian river catchments

Using an extensive array of primary and secondary data, this paper constructs, and then uses...

A Multi-Dimensional Perspective on Social Capital and Economic Development: An Exploratory Analysis

While various types of capital have been identified and studied as drivers of economic...

Assessing a Region's Economic Level Using the Regional Economic Development Risk Indicator

Assessing the differences between regions within a single country is important not only from the...

Share this with your friends

Footer Logo

Contact Us

Level 2, 53 Blackall Street
Barton ACT 2600
Telephone: 02 6260 3733
or email us