Mining towns: what happens after the boom

What happens to towns and communities when mines close down. Australia has lots of old abandoned “ghost towns” that were once thriving mining towns.  

The decline of mining towns has been addressed in a paper ” The shrinking mining city: urban dynamics and contested territory. ” Martinez-Fernandez C, Wu CT, Schatz LK, Taira N, Vargas-Hernández JG. Source University of Western Sydney, Australia.

gwalia-gold-mining-ghost-town-western-australiaShrinking mining towns once prosperous settlements servicing a mining site or a system of mining sites are characterized by long-term population and/or economic decline.

This dependence on one main industry produces a parallel development in the fluctuations of both workforce and population. Thus, the strategies of the main company in these towns can, to a great extent, determine future developments and have a great impact on urban management plans.

Climate conditions, knowledge, education and health services, as well as transportation links, are important factors that have impacted on lifestyles in mining cities, but it is the parallel development with the private sector operators (often a single corporation) that constitutes the distinctive feature of these cities and that ultimately defines their shrinkage. Read More

Mining towns after the boom, the impact on planning and social infrastructure  – please tell us your story.

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Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: URL:


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