Regional economic development through creative industries: Townsville as a key centre for the Northern Australia vision

Daniel, Ryan, Fleischmann, Katja, and Welters, Riccardo (2015) Regional economic development through creative industries: Townsville as a key centre for the Northern Australia vision. In: Proceedings of the Developing Northern Australia Conference 2015, pp. 4-27. From: Developing Northern Australia Conference 2015: economically, socially, sustainably, 20-22 July 2015, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Creative industries continue to be recognised as a key contributor to economic growth, given they can be developed without investment in major infrastructure projects that other industries require (e.g. agriculture, resources). In addition to recognizing the importance of creative industries, the current Australian government has recently renewed a focus on the vast northern tropical area of the country as key to future economic and population growth. Townsville, North Queensland, the most populated provincial city of northern Australia, will be key to the new vision.

A recent study of Townsville's creative industries however reveals that key sub-sectors of this area of economic activity are in fact in decline (e.g. visual arts, photography, design, fashion, architecture). Therefore, the key aim of this current phase of research, involving a partnership between Townsville City Council and James Cook University, is to provide a detailed analysis of the current supply of creative industries in the city of Townsville. Using recently obtained survey data, this paper provides direct insights into the various employment, job creation and business development issues that creative industries practitioners currently face and which both enable and hamper growth of the sector. The findings reveal a number of insights of relevance to civic leaders in North Queensland, as well as those more broadly responsible for the development of regional economies in the north of the country, in terms of the potential for creative industries to play a distinctive and significant contribution to future population and economic growth.

Item ID: 41337
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-922232-31-1
Keywords: creative industries, economic development, northern Australia, innovation, regional development
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Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 03:49
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics @ 50%
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