The Amenity Principle, Internal Migration, and Rural Development in Australia

Argent, Neil, Tonts, Matthew, Jones, Roy and Holmes, John (2014) The Amenity Principle, Internal Migration, and Rural Development in Australia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 104 2: 305-318. doi:10.1080/00045608.2013.873320

Author Argent, Neil
Tonts, Matthew
Jones, Roy
Holmes, John
Title The Amenity Principle, Internal Migration, and Rural Development in Australia
Journal name Annals of the Association of American Geographers   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-5608
Publication date 2014-03-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00045608.2013.873320
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 104
Issue 2
Start page 305
End page 318
Total pages 14
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Arguably, rural land markets in Australia are currently in a high state of flux, with a panoply of competing interests seeking to capitalize on both the traditional and a range of newly emergent values anchored in land. Amenity-led migration is, we argue, an important strand of this renewed interest in rural lands, albeit one that is highly spatially selective. Employing a predictive and synoptic model of migration attractiveness across southeastern and southwestern Australia, we test its associations with migration currents into and out of rural communities for the 1990s and 2000s. This article finds that communities with high relative accessibility—to metropolitan and urban centers and the coast—and an established or emerging tourism industry have been most likely to experience net migration gains. Yet amenity migration also intersects with more traditional rural land uses and, in particular, irrigated agriculture. Farming, and the biophysical environment and cultural landscape it both draws on and produces, is an important attractor of amenity migration.
Keyword Australia
Rural amenity
Rural migration
Contra urbanizacion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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