Remote towns have stronger communities

By Staff Writer

A study of remote towns in New South Wales and Queensland has revealed that the more remote the town, the stronger the sense of community.

The findings were made through a study conducted by the Centre for Agricultural and Regional Economics (CARE).

It looked at four isolated communities in Queensland and New South Wales over three years.

CARE economist, Dr Roy Powell, said the data showed that the more isolated a town was, the stronger value it placed on community.

"There is a strong correlation between remoteness and community participation," he said.

"We have, out of the last census data, the number of people that are participating in community work, and that share goes up as the remoteness and smallness of a community increases."

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