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Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Fri May 13 01:36:21 UTC 2016

On 5/6/2016 9:51 AM, Simon Slater wrote:
> On Thu, 5 May 2016 10:10:35 AM Ian Sergeant wrote:
>> 1. Any attempt to make something render on sparse parts of the map, is
>> a rendering issue.  Any renderer is free to pre-process the data based
>> on a population and remoteness algorithm if they wish.
>> 2. Personally, I make anything a town if it has services.  If it has a
>> pub, a take-away, a supermarket, a post-office, and a fuel station,
>> then it's a town.  I save hamlet for a population grouping without any
>> services, and a locality for a place where there is essentially no
>> population clustering.  This is a natural skew towards remoter
>> destinations becoming towns, because they are service towns for
>> surrounding areas, rather than necessarily having large populations
>> themselves.
> Post offices may be a good guide.  25 years ago there were at least 4 post offices
> between here (Swan Hill) and Kerang.  Now there is only one at Lake Boga, but
> all the other post codes are still in place, mail routing through either
> Kerang or Swan Hill.

Australia post has;


    Post Office (PO) and


    Local Post Office (LPO)

The LPO is usually smaller and within another business ..usually a local convenience store.

The ABS has this


"*Identifying towns*

In this review *small towns*have been defined as population centres with between 1,000 
and 19,999 people. Towns might ideally be distinguished from cities and 
from smaller rural communities according to functional criteria, such as 
the presence or absence of various educational, medical, recreational 
and retail services, together perhaps with administrative criteria such 
as whether or not a city or town council operated from within the town. 
While such conceptual distinctions might be made, it is difficult to put 
such definitions into practice. The above population size was therefore 
considered the most suitable alternative which would generally encompass 
these criteria."

I tend to concur with this - simplest to implement and verify. I do note 
the 'medical' services that ABS have for identifying towns etc, that may 
be a usefull criteria in addition to number of pubs, petrol stations etc.

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