Farmhouse rental

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Farmhouse rental programs are a common method used by many rural Australian towns to attract new residents to live in their communities. The programs generally involve offering abandoned and often semi-derelict farmhouses for rent at a nominal price, often $1 per week.[1] The towns that offer such programs have generally undergone a significant decline in population. As a result, essential services for the area such as education and health are removed or reduced, creating a further, spiralling, population decline. By attracting new residents, the communities hope to reverse their demographic spiral.[2]

The modern farmhouse rental program began in the Central West town of Cumnock. The organisers there claim the program was successful; claiming the population of the town grew by 30 per cent and the local school hired a new teacher as a result of the 14 new enrolments.[3] As a result, the program has been adapted widely across rural New South Wales and beyond.[4] Similarly, the rural locality of Errowanbang saw its school's population rise above the two teacher threshold for the first time in its history.[5]

In 2011, the ABC produced a documentary following the farmhouse rental scheme of Trundle, "Country Town Rescue".[6]

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  3. ^ "$1 rent adds to the lure of country life". Daily Telegraph. News Limited. 26 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
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  10. ^ "Rent a farmouse - Ilford NSW". Ilford Public School P&C. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  11. ^ "Welcome to Tallimba". Tallimba Advancement Group. Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
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  14. ^ "Tullamore "Rent a Farm House"". Tullamore Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  15. ^ "Wycheproof Farm Rental". Wycheproof 2010. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 

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