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Should we restrict foreign ownership of farmland?

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Patrick J. Byrne
  • Journal Name: News Weekly
  • Journal Number: 2909

This article discusses the need for restrictions on foreign buy-up of farmland until a register of foreign ownership is established. However, the issue is complicated by the fact that many farmers would be happy to sell to anyone because of the parlous state of many rural industries. Discusses the relationship between farm debt and foreign owners ....

Simplified assessment of the regional economic impacts of interruption to transport corridors with application to the 2011 Queensland floods

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Rolfe, John; Kinnear, Susan and Gowen, Rebecca.
  • Journal Name: The Australasian Journal of Regional Studies
  • Journal Number: Vol. 19 No. 2
  • Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association
  • Published Location: Armidale, NSW
  • ISBN: 1324-0935
  • Country: Australia

The focus of this study was on the economic costs of closures to transport corridors from flood waters at Rockhampton in January 2011. Two approaches have been used to provide for a simplified assessment of the economic impacts of the road closures. The first was to model the proportional downturn in the regional economy, using data from surveys ....

So what's new?: Drought, low rainfall ... a variable climate

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Shanahan, T; Spry, J; Hancock, B
  • Journal Name: Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenges; Proceedings of the 2nd Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference
  • Publisher: Engineers Australia
  • Published Location: Barton, A.C.T.
  • ISBN: 9780858259119
  • Country: Australia

For over a century, farmers in the northern plains region of Victoria have adapted to the challenge of farming in a climate shaped by periodic drought and low rainfall. The "climatic" and "pricing" shocks which have occurred during the first decade of the new millennium have driven considerable change across the once stable production landscape. ....

Social Enterprise and Local Government

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Duniam, M. & Eversole, R.
  • Publisher: Australian Centre for Excellence for Local Government
  • Published Location: Sydney, NSW
  • Country: Australia

One of the most important objectives of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) is to support informed debate on key policy issues. We recognise that many councils and other local government organisations are not always able to undertake sufficient background research to underpin and develop sound, evidence-based po ....

Social Housing Study: Access to affordable, adaptable and secure housing in the Goldfields Esperance Region

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Planning Context
  • Publisher: RDA Goldfields Esperance
  • Published Location: Western Australia
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Western Australia

RDAGE has commissioned Planning Context to analyse a range of housing data and to provide an up-to-date commentary on both Indigenous and social housing specific to the Goldfields-Esperance region. The outputs envisaged for the project were the following: Produce a report which includes relevant data and provides commentary on both Indigenous ....

Social impacts of mining: Changes within the local social landscape

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Petrova, Svetla; Marinova, Dora
  • Journal Name: Rural Society
  • Journal Number: Vol. 22, No. 2
  • Publisher: eContent Management Pty Ltd
  • Published Location: Maleny, Qld.
  • ISBN: 1037-1656
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Western Australia

Understanding the social impacts at a community level triggered by mining operations is a challenging exercise. This paper reflects on a community's perceptions and interpretation of these impacts as well as on the qualitative changes in the local social landscape and their implications for a sustainable future. The findings are based on an explo ....

Social indicators for Australia's forest and wood products industries

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Jacki Schirmer, Bill Binks, Robert Kancans and Nyree Stenekes
  • Publisher: Department of Agriculture ABARES
  • Country: Australia

In recent years there has been increasing interest in monitoring social dimensions of primary industries in Australia, however there has been no regular reporting of social data in the forestry sector. This discussion paper proposes a methodology for including social indicators in ABARES Australian forest and wood products statistics (AFWPS) ....

Social licence to operate and the coal seam gas industry: What can be learnt from already established mining operations?

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Nigel Paragreen, Alan Woodley
  • Journal Name: Rural Society
  • Journal Number: Vol. 23 No.1
  • Publisher: eContent Management Pty Ltd
  • Published Location: Maleny, Qld.
  • ISBN: 1037-1656
  • Country: Australia

The recent growth of the coal seam gas industry has increased pressure on regional communities. Debate surrounding the industry is intense and a social licence to operate has yet to be granted to the industry in its entirety. This article presents an analysis of social issues surrounding the coal seam gas industry, making comparisons between two ....

Solutions for waste management in regional and remote Australia: A compilation of case studies

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Regional and Remote Australia Working Group
  • Publisher: National Environment Protection Council
  • Country: Australia

Regional and remote communities in Australia face a number of challenges in managing waste and recovering and re-using resources. Challenges include access to markets for recyclables; distances and road conditions between towns and waste facilities and the recruitment and retention of staff. Each community is unique and there is no single soluti ....

Solutions to Contested Land Uses and our Emerging Landscape

  • Year: 2012
  • Author: Penniceard, C., Vitartas, P. & Charters, K.
  • Editors: Kinnear, S., Charters, K. & Vitartas, P. (eds)
  • Journal Name: Regional Advantage and Innovation: Achieving National Outcomes
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag
  • Published Location: Heidelberg
  • ISBN: 978-3-7908-2798-9
  • Country: Australia

This chapter explores the role of innovation in responding to the challenges of Australian food security, both in the domestic and global contexts. The chapter explores the challenge to meet increased food demand through innovative production, as well as how best to manage distribution and supply chains. It acknowledges that regional communities ....

South West workforce development plan 2013–2016

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Department of Training and Workforce Development
  • Publisher: Department of Training and Workforce Development, Western Australia
  • Published Location: Osborne Park, Western Australia
  • ISBN: 978-1-74205-126-0
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: South West, Western Australia

The development of regional workforce development plans is a priority action identifi ed in Skilling WA – A workforce development plan for Western Australia (Skilling WA). Skilling WA provides the framework to build, attract and retain a skilled workforce and ensure that Western Australia has the capacity and capability for continued economic s ....

Southern Rural Water Annual Report 2012-13

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Southern Rural Water
  • Publisher: State of Victoria
  • Published Location: Maffra, Victoria
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

Annual report by Southern Rural Water. Overview of governance, customers, stakeholders and financial report.  Report LocationClick here to view the full report ....

Spatial and temporal variability of farm size in China in the context of rapid urbanization

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Tan M, Robinson GM, Li X, Xin L
  • Journal Name: Chinese Geographical Science
  • Journal Number: 23:5
  • Country: China

During the last 30 years, China has witnessed rapid economic growth and dramatic urbanization, with about 1.2 × 10^7 rural people migrating annually into urban areas. Meanwhile, especially since 1995, the rural population has been declining, which is closely linked to land circulation and the increase in farm size in many villages. Increasing sc ....

Spatial impact of projected changes in rainfall and temperature on wheat yields in Australia

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Potgieter, A; Meinke, H; Doherty, A; Sadras, V O; Hammer, G; Crimp, S; Rodriguez, D
  • Journal Name: Climatic Change
  • Journal Number: 117.1-2
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • Published Location: Netherlands
  • ISBN: 01650009
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales

Climate projections over the next two to four decades indicate that most of Australia's wheat-belt is likely to become warmer and drier. Here we used a shire scale, dynamic stress-index model that accounts for the impacts of rainfall and temperature on wheat yield, and a range of climate change projections from global circulation models to spatia ....

Spatially enabled bushfire recovery

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Potts, Katie Elizabeth; Bennett, Rohan Mark; Rajabifard, Abbas
  • Journal Name: GeoJournal
  • Journal Number: 78.1
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • Published Location: Wiesbaden, Netherlands
  • ISBN: 03432521
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

Over the last decade growth in spatial information use for disaster management has been considerable. Maps and spatial data are now recognized as critical elements in each of the four phases of disaster management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The use of spatial information to support the phases of mitigation, preparedness an ....

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