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Title: Local - If Possible: How the Spatial Networking of Economic Relations amongst Farm Enterprises Aids Small Town Survival in Rural Australia
Contributor(s): Pritchard, William (author); Argent, Neil  (author)orcid ; Baum, Scott (author); Bourke, Lisa (author); Martin, John (author); McManus, Phil (author); Sorensen, Anthony  (author)orcid ; Walmsley, Dennis J  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2010.504704
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Abstract: Over recent decades, the tendency in developed countries has been the consolidation of farms into fewer and larger units, and a shifting of economic functions from smaller to larger population settlements. This paper uses data from face-to-face interviews with 115 Australian farmers in agriculture-dependent regions to investigate how the spatial pattern of farm expenditure affects these processes. It is concluded that in these spatial contexts, stability, attachment, and reliance on 'the local' remain vital components in farm-town economic links, notwithstanding substantial adaptation by farmers to restructured economic and community circumstances. Such expenditures help sustain small towns, thus tempering judgements on rural decline.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Regional Studies, 46(4), p. 539-557
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0034-3404
Field of Research (FOR): 160401 Economic Geography
160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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