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Enhancing regional cooperation between local councils: A proposed two-tier model for Australian local government

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Ramsland, Don; Dollery, Brian
  • Journal Name: Journal of Economic & Social Policy
  • Journal Number: Vol. 14, No. 2
  • Country: Australia

Various state-based and national reports into Australian local government have conclusively demonstrated that the problem of financial sustainability is widespread amongst local councils, especially in non-metropolitan areas. The main impact of this financial distress has fallen on local infrastructure and the magnitude of the prob ....

Environmental monitoring to inform sustainable management of groundwater extraction for urban water supply on Bribie Island

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Smolders, A; Watkinson, A; Evans, P; Arunakumaren, J; Macnish, S; Kadel, S
  • Journal Name: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, The
  • Journal Number: 117
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Queensland

Groundwater resources on Bribie Island were mandated for additional development in 2006 as part of the Queensland Government's Regional Drought Management Strategy. Subsequently, a production borefield and water treatment plant were constructed at Banksia Beach during 2007/2008 to supply potable water to Bribie Island, and to augme ....

Envisioning a regional role: Comprehensive universities and conceptions of their regional contributions

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Soo, David
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania
  • Published Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
  • ISBN: 9781267133144
  • Country: United States

This study examines the ways in which comprehensive universities seek to contribute to and engage with their cities and regions. By studying three regional comprehensive universities, it uncovers the ways in which leaders and others on campus envision the role of the university in contributing to the community and the strategies put in ....

Evaluating the Impact of the CVSC Project’s Energy Efficiency Interventions: A Framework and Initial Findings

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Martin, P; Lynch, D
  • Publisher: University of Ballarat
  • Published Location: Ballarat, Victoria
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

The Australian Government has invested $100 million in Solar Cities programs designed to test new and sustainable models for electricity supply and use. it is being implemented in seven separate regions across Australia, including Central Victoria. Central Victoria Solar City program encourages residents to test the effectiveness of different ene ....

Evolutionary Perspectives on Rural Australia

  • Year: 2011
  • Journal Name: Geographical Research
  • Journal Number: 50.3
  • Publisher: Wiley Online Library
  • ISBN: 1745-5871
  • Country: Australia

An enduring concern within Australian rural geography has been to understand the nature and implications of change. Much of the intellectual effort has been focused on interpreting how rural economies, populations, social institutions, cultures, and land uses have been transformed through processes operating across a range of spatial and temporal ....

Exploring ecological modernisation and urban-rural eco-developments in China: the case of Anji County

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Marsden, Terry; Yu, Li; Flynn, Andrew
  • Journal Name: The Town Planning Review
  • Journal Number: Vol.82, No.2
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Published Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Country: China
  • State/Region: Zhejiang

The article explores the concept of the eco-economy in relation to planning and innovations taking place in the Anji district of China, Zhejiang Province. Through exploring a grounded process of ecological modernisation involving plan-led development processes, we argue that a new model of the localised eco-economy is developing based u ....

Families in regional, rural and remote Australia

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: The Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Editors: Jennifer Baxter, Matthew Gray and Alan Hayes
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: All Regions

This Facts Sheet describes how the characteristics of families differ between the "city" and the "country" or "bush". While& words such as these are used in everyday parlance, it is very difficult to identify exactly where the city ends and the country begins. One way of categorising regions is in terms of the& road distance from servic ....

Far West NSW and Broken Hill: Digital Economy Strategy

  • Year: 2011
  • Publisher: Symphony3, RDA Far West NSW, Broken Hill City Council
  • Published Location: Broken Hill, NSW
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: New South Wales

The purpose of this digital economy strategy is to provide a guiding document for the Far West NSW region to maximise use of high speed broadband and to enable the community to embrace the future digital economy with confidence. The document outlines our overall approach, followed by sections outlining how high speed broadband will benefit the ....

Farm Fair Voices, Space, History, the Middle Ground and 'The Future' of Rural Communities

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Halsey, John
  • Journal Name: Education in Rural Australia
  • Journal Number: Vol. 21, No. 1
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: South Australia

A discussion on the role of space, spatiality and history in the sustainability of rural communities is examined with reference to the space and spatial theories of E.W. Soja and some of R. Williams' and G. Davison's perspectives of history. The article also describes the Mapping of Rural Communities project in South Australia and ....

Farmdiversification into tourism – Implications for social identity?

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Brandth, Berit; Haugen, Marit S.
  • Journal Name: Journal of Rural Studies
  • Journal Number: Vol.27, No.1
  • Country: Norway

This article deals with how diversification and transformation of farming into tourism may influence the social identity of farmers. Based on a study of 19 farms run by couples engaged with agritourism, it shows how the development of tourism on the farms can be understood in a perspective of repeasantization; and how the couples draw on their fa ....

Fields of dreams: Agriculture, economy and nature in Midwest United States biofuel production

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Gillon, Sean Thomas
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Published Location: United States -- California
  • ISBN: 9781124967783
  • Country: United States
  • State/Region: Iowa

This work explores the social and ecological dimensions of recent biofuel production increases in the United States (US), focusing on the case of Iowa. Biofuels are proposed to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, improve US energy security, and support rural economies. Little research has examined how increased US Mid ....

From R&D to Productivity Growth: Investigating the role of innovation adoption in Australian agriculture

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Katarina Nossal
  • Publisher: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
  • Published Location: Barton, ACT
  • ISBN: 9781742541273
  • Country: Australia

Innovation is a key driver of productivity and economic growth and of the competitiveness of agriculture and other industries. However, because the innovation process is complex and innovation data is limited, its links with R&D investment and its effects on productivity are difficult to quantify. This RIRDC report evaluates the role of innov ....

From Urban Center to Rural Periphery: National Policy, Local Communities and Individuals' Migration Decisions

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Arnon, Sara; Shamai, Shmuel
  • Journal Name: Journal of US-China Public Administration
  • Journal Number: 8.10
  • ISBN: 1548-6591
  • Country: Israel

Rural economic development as a lergest part of agricultural development could be developed as an autonomous unit of government in rural area. Rural development could be done by self-supporting through the strenghthening of local organization function with a set of norms and supported by available resources. Data used in this paper was the result ....

From Vulnerability to Sustainability: Rural Development in the Poyang Lake Region of China amid Institutional Changes and Flood Hazards

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Tian, Qing
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: University of Michigan
  • Published Location: United States -- Michigan
  • ISBN: 9781267135964
  • Country: China
  • State/Region: Poyang Lake Region

With still-low development levels and relatively high risks from climatic impacts, the less developed world faces a greater challenge for future development than developed economies. Applying the science of complexity to study human-environment systems (CHES) and integrating ideas from climate change research into a larger framework of ....

Geodiversity of the lightning ridge area and implications for Geotourism

  • Year: 2011
  • Author: Meakin, Simone
  • Journal Name: Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
  • Journal Number: Vol. 132
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: New South Wales

The Lightning Ridge region displays rich geodiversity. Though best known for its valuable black opal, it is also world-renowned for yielding a diversity of opalised fossils, including invertebrates, reptiles, dinosaurs and some of the earliest known monotreme mammals. Cenozoic silcrete preserves impressions of fossil plants in grea ....

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