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Factors inhibiting local government engagement in environmental sustainability: Case studies from rural Australia

Pini, Barbara; Wild River, Su; McKENZIE, FIONA M. HASLAM

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The literature on local government management of the environment in Australia has been limited in that it has typically focused on the urban sphere. In contrast, this paper places rurality at the centre of its inquiry. It uses data from 15 case studies of rural local governments in Australia to identify the main factors that inhibit natural resource management by rural councils. These barriers mobilise around four key themes: capacity, commitment, co-ordination and community. While many of the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorPini, Barbara
dc.contributor.authorWild River, Su
dc.contributor.authorMcKENZIE, FIONA M. HASLAM
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:12:13Z
dc.identifier.issn0004-9182
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/49540
dc.description.abstractThe literature on local government management of the environment in Australia has been limited in that it has typically focused on the urban sphere. In contrast, this paper places rurality at the centre of its inquiry. It uses data from 15 case studies of rural local governments in Australia to identify the main factors that inhibit natural resource management by rural councils. These barriers mobilise around four key themes: capacity, commitment, co-ordination and community. While many of the issues raised in this study of non-urban shires have been described in previous research, the paper argues that the geographic location of the areas under investigation aggravates barriers to engaging sustainability initiatives. It is contended that rural local governments need to be resourced accordingly to ensure that natural resource management at the local government level in Australia is not compromised.
dc.publisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceAustralian Geographer
dc.subjectKeywords: community composition; local government; natural resource; resource management; rural area; sustainability; sustainable development; Australasia; Australia Australia; Environment; Local government; Rural
dc.titleFactors inhibiting local government engagement in environmental sustainability: Case studies from rural Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume38
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor160601 - Australian Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3379551xPUB188
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationPini, Barbara, Curtin University of Technology
local.contributor.affiliationWild River, Su, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcKENZIE, FIONA M. HASLAM, Curtin University of Technology
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage161
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage175
local.identifier.doi10.1080/00049180701399985
local.identifier.absseo960703 - Environmental Education and Awareness
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T07:50:35Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-34250687151
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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