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International Journal of Rural Law and Policy
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ISSN (Print) 1839-745X
Published by U of Technology Sydney Homepage  [7 journals]
  • Australian local government sustainability and transformation: Structural
           reform and the fit for the future (F4F) reform initiative in New South
           Wales - forced council mergers

    • Authors: Ian Tiley
      First page: 4935
      Abstract: IFor decades, sustainability and, especially, long-term financial sustainability and transformation, primarily through structural and other modes of reform, have constituted major concerns and problems for the ‘grass roots’ Australian government. Usually the catalyst for change in these areas has emanated from state and territory jurisdictions which have imposed reforms, often with little regard for local councils or the communities they serve. Since August 2011, in New South Wales, a structured process of dialogue and consultation has been ongoing in the local government sector with the objective of implementing beneficial reform. The paper briefly explains this transformation initiative and particularly the NSW Government Fit for the Future (F4F) process and the current 35 council merger proposals. The process is considered from the perspective of a long-term local government practitioner, elected representative, Mayor, and former member of the NSW Local Government Acts Taskforce (LGAT). 
      PubDate: 2017-06-27
      DOI: 10.5130/ijrlp.i2.2017.4935
  • Sustainable remote Australian transport for living on country and going
           out bush

    • Authors: Bruno Spandonide
      First page: 4941
      Abstract: Both the domestic and international academic literature’s analysis of links between transport and wellbeing focuses mainly on urban settings and vulnerable population groups including older people, people with health issues, socio-economically disadvantaged people, or people undergoing more frequent extreme climatic events. While the relationship between remote Australians wellbeing and travelling activities is evident, its complexity still remains an under-researched topic. This is paradoxical when considering that extreme distances, high supply chain costs, limited access to services and to economic participation are well recognised obstacles for sustaining vibrant remote Australian communities. The latest accessibility-driven technological innovations in both the digital and the sharing economies are highly topical in transport projects in urban agglomerations but still a distant reality for remote Australia. There is a need for researching an appropriateness framework of such technologies because of the strong relevance of the multiple outcomes in terms of wellbeing that some of these innovations provide. Furthermore what defines a good quality of life can sometimes be very similar and other times greatly differ between remote and urban contexts. In the light of some recent transport and mobility research this paper analyses the potential connections between more appropriate transport innovations and increasingly resilient remote communities.
      PubDate: 2017-06-27
      DOI: 10.5130/ijrlp.i2.2017.4941

    • Authors: Boyd Dirk Blackwell, Jim McFarlane, Andy Fischer
      First page: 4943
      Abstract: Tracking and mapping the employment impacts from mine closure forms an important element in planning for the economic transformation of remote communities and delivering enduring value from mining. This paper presents the results from two case studies of the employment impacts from mine closure: 1) the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory and 2) the Leigh Creek coal mine in South Australia. The impacts for both locations are significant and link to a number of supporting industries, particularly construction, but also more broadly across other sectors of the economy. The spatial impacts are principally felt locally, but are also distributed more broadly at regional, state and national scales because of modern-day work commuting practices. Loss of jobs and associated income to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also significant. Developing policy options to prepare for managing imminent mine closures in remote locations requires careful analysis of the structure of the local economy, within the context of a globalised world, in order to help identify sustainable transformation opportunities for these remote communities.
      PubDate: 2017-06-27
      DOI: 10.5130/ijrlp.i2.2017.4943
  • Ecological economics of North American integration: the reshaping of the
           economic landscape in the Santiago river basin

    • Authors: Salvador Peniche Camps
      First page: 5001
      Abstract: Ecological Economics studies social metabolism; that is, the material and energy flow into and out of the economy. Using the ecological economics perspective, we analyse the transformation of the economic landscape of the Santiago river basin, Mexico. We discuss why the appropriation of water resources is one of the most important drivers of North American economic integration. We argue that the theoretical model of neo-extractivism can explain the dynamics of social metabolism behind the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
      PubDate: 2017-06-27
      DOI: 10.5130/ijrlp.i2.2017.5001
           - AN OVERVIEW

    • Authors: Boyd Dirk Blackwell
      First page: 5525
      Abstract: The articles published in this special issue come from the blind peer review and refinement of papers presented to the biennial conference of the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE) held at the University of New England (UNE) in Armidale, New South Wales (NSW), Australia on 19-23 October 2015. All papers jointly contribute to helping transform the human existence toward one that is socially, culturally, environmentally, ecologically, economically and politically sustainable. Transforming our human existence to meet these multiple dimensions of ‘true’ sustainability is a difficult task, balancing potentially competing interests and, inevitably, involving trade-offs between these dimensions.
      PubDate: 2017-06-27
      DOI: 10.5130/ijrlp.i2.2017.5525
  • ANZSEE Biennieal Conference Abstracts: Thriving through transfromation:
           Local to global sustainability

    • Authors: Miriam Verbeek
      First page: 5581
      Abstract: 2015 ANZSEE Biennieal Conference 2015 The conference themes centred on ideas for transforming to a sustainable human existence at all geographical scales, particularly at the local, regional, and remote scales, but also at the national and global scales: A. Place-based perspectives on sustainability & transformation B. Institutions for resilience & transformation C. Economics of equity & distribution in transformation D. Making the marginal mainstream: expanding horizons Special sessions: Indigenous Wellbeing; Wilderness; & Local Government
      PubDate: 2017-06-27
      DOI: 10.5130/ijrlp.i2.2017.5581
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