The development of Australia’s unconventional gas, specifically coal seam gas (CSG), in the past five years has resulted in significant economic change in agricultural areas. Understanding the social and economic implications of CSG production for rural towns and regions is critical to maximising the benefits and minimising the costs associated with the challenges and opportunities arising from this extractive industry.

This project aimed to synthesise existing knowledge on the nature of rural socio-economic transitions occurring as a result of resource developments, and track the social impacts of regional economic change.

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