Crown land management from a volunteer perspective: the Victorian example

Lockstone-Binney, Leonie, Whitelaw, Paul and Binney, Wayne 2016, Crown land management from a volunteer perspective: the Victorian example, Australasian journal of environmental management, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 130-140, doi: 10.1080/14486563.2015.1094751.

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Title Crown land management from a volunteer perspective: the Victorian example
Author(s) Lockstone-Binney, Leonie
Whitelaw, Paul
Binney, Wayne
Journal name Australasian journal of environmental management
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 130
End page 140
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-04-18
ISSN 1448-6563
Keyword(s) volunteering
Summary A legion of 8000 volunteer committee members work behind the scenes to manage Crown land reserves across Victoria, also undertaking on-ground works and a multitude of other tasks to safeguard the upkeep of natural and built public assets. These local Committees of Management operate in a largely delegated manner on behalf of the Victorian Government. A number of societal trends appear to be threatening their work. This exploratory study asked a small non-representative sample of committee members, in group interviews, to assess their motives for undertaking this unpaid service and their perceptions of the key challenges associated with volunteering in public land management. The interviews identified four motivations to explain committee participation: (1) community improvement; (2) family legacy; (3) user group representation; and (4) socialising. The implications of these findings for government and communities, in terms of attracting new recruits to Committees of Management and retaining the existing cohort of experienced members, are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14486563.2015.1094751
Field of Research 150599 Marketing not elsewhere classified
05 Environmental Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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