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Different pathways to the future « Previous | |Next »
September 4, 2003

I've been in Whyalla and Port Augusta in the Upper Spence Gulf of South Australia for a couple of days. This is a region of South Australia that is in crisis. It needs to reinvent itself. It is sliding into third-world economy of moribund industries, decaying infrastructure, dwindling populaton and a welfare drip feed. That slide has been happening for a couple of decades. There is no global capital here and little indication of the information ecomnomy.

Unlike places such as Ireland, Bilbao or Finland the rust-belt industrial Upper Spence Gulf region-----and South Australia in general----has not reinvented tself. Unlike Ireland, Bilbao or Finland South Australia is not back in fold of the first world economy with a vibrant role in the global economy. Bilbao was an art led recovery through a Guggenheim Musem; Ireland transformed itself from a low-wage, semi-skilled workforce to a high-skilled value added, high-tech one; Finland got back on its feet through a partnership with Nokia's technological innovation and public funding.

What pathway to the future for South Australia? How does it find its pathway to a better way of living? Regions such as the Upper Spence Gulf of South Australia are on their own. They have been forgotten by the feds in a Canberra dominated by neo-liberal policy makers, and the State Rann Government has no money and little interest. The region has been left to die. They have been told to do so quietly.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:20 PM | | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (1)

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