Key industries in Australia's Tropical Savanna

Stoeckl, Natalie, and Stanley, Owen (2007) Key industries in Australia's Tropical Savanna. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 13 (3). pp. 255-286.

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Abstract

Covering approximately one quarter of mainland Australia, the Tropical Savanna (TS) is home to fewer than 3 percent of all Australians. Yet it accounts for close to 30 percent of the nation’s exports and contains more than 70 percent of Australia’s freshwater resources. Not surprisingly, there is considerable interest in the region’s potential for further economic growth and a consequent need for information about the socio-economic structure of its communities. This paper uses data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and from a survey of more than 900 organisations in the TS, to identify and describe key industries of the region. It demonstrates that communities in the TS – particularly those in remote and very remote parts – are NOT just ‘smaller versions’ of larger, Australian communities. Their economic structure differs, sometimes significantly, from that of Australia as a whole. And the economic structure of some communities, often differ significantly from those that adjoin them.

Item ID: 2767
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: regional economic structure; industries; Northern Australia
ISSN: 1324-0935
Date Deposited: 08 May 2009 00:27
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910204 Industry Costs and Structure @ 51%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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