Internal Migration in Victoria, Australia

Alexander, S and Mercer, D 2007, 'Internal Migration in Victoria, Australia', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 229-255.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Internal Migration in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Alexander, S
Mercer, D
Year 2007
Journal name Urban Policy and Research
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 229
End page 255
Total pages 27
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Salt (The Big Shift, South Yarra: Hardie Grant Books, 2001a, 2003) has used the concept of a 'sponge city' to characterise a small number of large towns in rural Australia that in contrast to most of their counterparts beyond the borders of the state capitals are growing by apparently 'soaking up' migrants from the surrounding rural areas and smaller regional towns. This article subjects the sponge city concept to critical scrutiny. The focus of the study is the State of Victoria. The key characteristics of sponge cities are spelled out in some detail and a number of possible 'candidate cities' in that state identified. Following analysis, one city, Horsham, is singled out for detailed attention. The conclusion of the analysis is that the concept is of only limited utility.
Subject Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
Basic Pharmacology
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Internal migration
rural depopulation
sponge city
DOI - identifier 10.1080/08111140701344841
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ISSN 0811-1146
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