The Bureau of Infrastrucutre, Transport and Regional Economics (Dept of Infrastructure and Regional Development) has recently published a report of regional significance, 'The Evolution of Australian Towns'.
This is a historical, economic analysis of change in Australian settlement patterns over a century.
Towns have been subject to significant economic, social and technological changes since 1911. This report examines how Australias town settlement patterns reacted to that change and examines the underlying factors and processes involved.
It examines the interacting effects of geography, history, goods and services markets, industry, amenity and investment.
The analysis reveals the important roles of competition, existing infrastructure, improved technology, longer life expectancy and increased wealth.
It concludes that a stronger focus on amenity and services are likely potential success factors for modern towns.