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Social indicators of rural community sustainability: an example from the Woady Yaloak catchment

  • Year: 2001
  • Author: Pepperdine, S
  • Editors: Rogers, M. F. and Coffins, Y. M. J.
  • Journal Name: The future of Australia's country towns
  • Publisher: Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, La Trobe University
  • Published Location: Bendigo, Vic
  • ISBN: 1864465352
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

The author states that successful planning for sustainable rural development must balance and integrate ecological, economic and social elements within a community but there are difficulties in identifying locally meaningful social indicators. In this paper she draws on the findings of a project based in the Woady Yaloak catchment area, Victoria, concerned with developing a system for social reporting. She describes the process used to construct a suite of social indicators of rural community sustainability, and the key indicators of social wellbeing which were elicited from local stakeholders. This system of indicators offers a framework for incorporating social values to assist the delivery of information for decision-making.

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