- Urban development and rural development strategies have been polarised and pursued in almost total isolation: rural development is about agriculture and urban development is about the management of big cities.
- It is important to ensure that autonomous rural district councils, or some equivalent, are empowered to make local decisions about their own approaches to small town and rural reconstruction.
- Small towns need to think entrepreneurially, share resources, and build networks and lobbies to promote small town interests. The towns should establish a national Small Town Network to share information, ideas, and lobby for their needs.
Op-ed: Cinderella with potential: Small towns could play big role