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The lure of the local: community activism and place in Australia

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posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Ursula De JongUrsula De Jong, Robert Fuller, Fiona Gray, David Jones
The intertwined relationship between the built and natural environments characterises and defines coastal towns, especially those with significant heritage values. Our research is located in the context of the “sea change” phenomenon, which is fundamentally changing the coastal towns of Australia. Barbara Norman, a past national president of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), summarised the current struggle occurring in many of Australia’s coastal regions when she wrote: “the Australian coastline is littered with exhausted communities battling to save the character and environment of their townships” (Norman, 2008). The Australian National Sea Change Taskforce was established in 2004, as a response to these wider community and professional concerns, and seeks “to ensure that coastal development is managed with a focus on the sustainability of coastal communities and the coastal environment” (Gurran et al., 2006) concluded that more detailed research is needed to develop new responses to coastal development, particularly in terms of promoting community wellbeing, strengthening social cohesion, avoiding socio-economic and socio-spatial polarisation and preserving sense of place.

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Title of book

Identity, culture and the politics of community development

Chapter number

6

Pagination

81 - 98

Publisher

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Place of publication

Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng.

ISBN-13

9781443871204

ISBN-10

1443871206

Language

eng

Publication classification

B Book chapter; B1 Book chapter

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2015, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Extent

11

Editor/Contributor(s)

S Wilson

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