WA regional communities urged to use national database to share ways to lure and keep residents
The Regional Australia Institute is gathering a national database of community projects used to try attract and retain people in country areas.
Institute CEO Jack Archer said it wants to find out what regional communities are doing to get people to move, and stay, in their area.
From the peculiar to ingenious, Mr Archer said there were a diverse range of tactics being used.
“We had a town in South Australia that organised their own version of ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’ to attract new people, particularly women, to town,” he said.
“We’ve had people renting farm houses for a dollar a week.
“There’s some great examples of people doing really innovative things to change their local community.”