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Industrial output expanded by almost 7 per cent annually over the period, 30 • DEVELOPING AUSTRALIA’S REGIONS: THEORY AND PRACTICE with similar rates of increase in the manufacturing and building sectors. Between 1989 and 1993, some 307 km of national primary roads were improved or upgraded, along with 170 km of roads supporting industrial and tourism development. Facilities at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports were upgraded, and the Dublin–Belfast rail link was improved. In addition, investment has been concentrated on ports.
The absence of a better-organised approach to the wellbeing of regions and communities has contributed to some significant failings and omissions within economic development in Australia and ultimately, the economic performance of the nation. KEY LESSONS IN LOC AL AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT W H AT D O E S L O C A L A N D R E G I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T AT T E M P T TO D O ? Local and regional economic development programs attempt to make their regions and towns better and more productive places to do business.
It has a number of successful economic development bodies that rely upon voluntary labour. Some communities have managed to ‘pull themselves up by the bootstraps’ by organising locally. The town of Coolah, for example, in the Central West of NSW faced harsh times when its sawmill closed due to government imposed restrictions on logging. 54 Cummins on the Eyre Peninsula offers a further illustration: it fought off its expected demise by organising a very successful tourism event based around Kalamazoo racing.