Capital cities are not only more prone to COVID-19 outbreaks than regional areas due to incoming international cases and higher population densities but the industry structures of capital cities are also more skewed towards COVID-impacted economic activity.
“Across Australia, employment recovered to pre-pandemic levels more quickly in regional areas.”
The bulk of economic loss from the pause in business travel, international tourism and education, international immigration and large events has been incurred by capital city businesses.
So it should be no surprise then that regional areas like Mildura in northwest Victoria have recovered more quickly.
Google mobility data show the Mildura local government (LGA) is far ahead of the Victorian average for local movement, including to workplaces, retail and recreation venues, train and bus stations, and grocery stores.