Exploiting Resource Strengths and Business Synergies to Improve Competitive Advantage

This project concentrated on the town of Inverell and the challenges the town faced in confronting rural adjustment, declining services, increased environmental regulation and globalisation pressures. The project objectives and outcomes were to study the scope for finding broader markets for local industries with a view to:

  • enhancing sustainable local development;
  • improving career training, career development and employment prospects in general;
  • evaluating and documenting effective economic development practice with a town of Inverell's general characteristics; and
  • making the results of this research publicly available, including provision of workshops and economic development mentoring in other similar Australian locations.

The project was conducted by Associate Professor W. Roger Epps from Geography and Planning in the School of Human and Environmental Studies and Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises Research, University of New England, with the assistance of the Institute for Rural Futures.

Completed in 2003

Funded by: NSW Department of Transport and Regional Services

Contact: The Institute for Rural Futures