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Population, people and place: The Fitzroy Valley population project

Posted on: 1 September, 2010
Issue: Vol 8 No 3, July 2008 - September 2008
Related to Housing Policies Population Family Remote Western Australia

Morphy F (2010)
Population, people and place: The Fitzroy Valley population project
Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This project was undertaken to provide an accurate and complete population count with particular reference to the Fitzroy Valley, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Extracting accurate data that refers specifically to the Fitzroy Valley population has been problematic, and this project aimed to establish a baseline population for the Fitzroy Valley according to its own definition, as the boundaries do not coincide with local government or census geography. Additionally, the project aimed to identify and describe the dynamic of the settlement patterns in the Valley that are culturally specific to that population group. The results should be seen as a baseline planning tool, the basis for more detailed research projects and to make visible the social relationships driving settlement of peoples in the Fitzroy Valley.

The project identified a number of characteristics of households and communities, such as: people that live in the same dwelling will nearly always be related to each other; the size and make-up of the household is likely to change frequently over time; and these same characteristics can be true for much smaller communities, too.

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