Regional creative industries in Australia: exploring Townsville as a case study

Daniel, Ryan (2013) Regional creative industries in Australia: exploring Townsville as a case study. Creative Industries Journal, 6 (2). pp. 113-128.

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While the creative industries concept is generally well recognized in Australia, regional creative industries have received less attention. This is particularly the case in terms of north-east Australia, which is geographically isolated from the major metropolitan centres. The regional tropical city of Townsville, its economy dominated by government services including a major defence base, is considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland and recognized as a key part of the economic growth plan for the state and nation. The creative industries in this location, however, are yet to be examined in any depth, hence this article reflects a first phase study to explore key features of the sector and the participants involved. Data was obtained through a survey completed by 84 creative industries stakeholders. The findings are significant, including a clear lack of engagement with key government and stakeholder policies, numerous identified opportunities for strategic partnerships with other economic sectors, as well as the potential role of key leadership groups and stakeholders in terms of further growth and development.

Item ID: 31197
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1751-0708
Keywords: creative industries; creativity; Townsville; regional economies; tropics; northern Australia
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 01:58
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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