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Rural housing, regional development and policy integration: an evaluation of alternative policy responses to regional disadvantage: final report

  • Year: 2002
  • Author: Hillier, J; Fisher, C; Tonts, M
  • Publisher: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
  • Published Location: Melbourne, Vic
  • ISBN: 1877005398
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Western Australia

Evidence suggests that there is a link between suitable housing infrastructure and well-being of rural people. Despite this, there is paucity of research in this area. The main aim of the project which is the subject of this final report is to examine the extent to which housing policy is and/or can be more effectively integrated with regional disadvantage policy and program responses in Australia, thereby ensuring improved housing and regional economic and social outcomes. The study focuses on two non-metropolitan areas in Western Australia: the Southwest Forest area and the Eastern Wheatbelt. In both areas, there is a nexus between the local housing situation and a range of other socio-economic issues including declining employment opportunities, access to services, and perceived health and educational disadvantage. The report sets out the background to the project, summarises the findings and draws out key implications for housing and regional development policy.

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