About CAMRA

CAMRA (Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia) was an Australian Research Council and industry funded project running from 2008 to 2013 as a partnership between 13 organisations, including four universities.

Concentrating on sets of communities that cover many different types of regions - so the information can be usefully transposed to a national scale - CAMRA aimed to provide an understanding of how a region's capacity for creativity and innovation can ensure its quality of life and its economic viability. 

The project regions were:

  • Central Darling Shire: a remote area, sparsely populated, with increasing Indigenous population and fragile communities.
  • Uralla and Armidale: enabling examination of the relationship of smaller towns to regional centres; a multicultural community and a major education and agriculture centre.
  • Wollongong: a major commercial and education centre in a high-growth coastal area, with increasing population, bordering a capital city, with a changing economic and employment base, and issues concerning retaining young people and a North-South economic "divide".