By Andrew Beer
Delves at the back of the too-often detrimental media headlines and stereotypes approximately neighborhood Australia, and considers the genuine country of Australia's areas, together with metropolitan areas, and what could be performed to enhance their monetary, social and environmental healthiness.
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Business Enterprise Centres in particular specialise in providing expert advice to business start-ups and small businesses. The provision of information on tax and accountancy matters, industrial relations issues, intellectual property and the forms of assistance available from other government agencies are part of the ‘soft’ infrastructure supporting business within a region. Businesses often express concern about their dealings with governments and government agencies. Many economic development agencies therefore play a facilitative role, helping prospective and existing businesses gain information or undertake specific tasks.
The European Union funds development programs that are significant at the regional level. It provides substantial grants to member countries, sufficient to fund major infrastructure works and large-scale employment and industry adjustment assistance. Member states within the European Union make substantial investments in regional development also. European approaches to addressing the problems of disadvantaged cities and regions include social, as well as economic, tools. The US model of economic development is much more similar to Australia’s experience, but local communities are better placed because they use local sales tax and other taxes to fund economic development activities.
61 Through the 1980s and 1990s Urban Development Corporations — of which the London Docklands Authority was best known — operated at a number of sites throughout the country62 rehabilitating degraded industrial landscapes and directly investing in the wellbeing of regions. 64 Across England £911 million was spent by RDAs in 2000–01 and the budget is expected to rise above £2 billion by 2002-03. The experience of economic development policies and programs in the US provides keen insights on how another nation has dealt with the challenge of encouraging growth.