STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES
The present stage of development in the evolution of the rural economy of a region offers several possible lines of investigation to the economic geographer, who seeks to study the spatial patterns of economic activities considered in relation to other spatial distributions.
One important basic characteristic in the field of geography, is the realization that the earth9s space content is not static but continually changing. Therefore, any fundamental understanding of the present spatial patterns of distribution must probe the character and operation of the processes which produce these changes. Physical, biotic and cultural processes Interact over time to affect the spatial content on the earth's surface, which, at any stage of development, is differentiated by a particular combination of these factors. Thus the analysis of the evolution of the space content of a region is today recognized as a major objective in geographical research.
Therefore, it is the aim of this dissertation, to trace and evaluate the significant trends that have characterized the development of the Hervey Bay region over the past one hundred years. The central chapter of the paper will include a more detailed analysis of modifications in the land-use patterns over the past fifteen years, in order to highlight the main causes and consequences of post-war trends in the rural activities of this region. This will lead to the concluding chapter in which an assessment is made of these recent growth patterns in comparison with pre-war production trends in this district.
A cursory examination of available statistics for this area, shows that trends in rural production since the second World War have been characterized by declines in some sectors of the economy, with only modest growth rates in other parts, as compared to the more rapid development of most other agricultural regions of south-east Queensland during this time. .......