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A Study of Governance Arrangements for Land Use and Natural Resource Management Planning in Cape York Peninsula

Potts, Ruth, Vella, Karen, Dale, Allan P. and Sipe, Neil (2015). A Study of Governance Arrangements for Land Use and Natural Resource Management Planning in Cape York Peninsula. Australian Geographer,46(3):389-409.

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Title A Study of Governance Arrangements for Land Use and Natural Resource Management Planning in Cape York Peninsula
Author Potts, Ruth
Vella, Karen
Dale, Allan P.
Sipe, Neil
Journal Name Australian Geographer
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 46
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0004-9182   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84941069343
Start Page 389
End Page 409
Total Pages 21
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research 050209 - Natural Resource Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Complex intersecting social, economic and environmental dilemmas in Australia's Cape York Peninsula present a number of challenges for planners seeking to develop and implement land use and natural resource management (NRM) plans. There have been five different attempts at land use and NRM planning in Cape York Peninsula over the last 20 years. These processes have (to greater or lesser extents) failed to deliver community-owned and government-supported plans to guide development and/or the management of the region's natural resources. The region is remote, sparsely populated, and home to a significant Indigenous population. Much of the contestation within the region surrounds the access, use and ownership of the region's internationally valuable natural resources. This paper reviews, from the literature, the relevancy and applicability of criteria for best practice planning and governance. A range of identified best practice governance and planning principles are applied to assess the governance arrangements for planning in the Peninsula. The paper finds that decision-making arrangements for land use and NRM planning in the Peninsula are still in their infancy and are inadequate to support effective outcomes. The paper concludes that broader attention to best practice principles in governance for planning is needed to improve planning outcomes.
Keywords Land use planning
natural resource planning
Cape York Peninsula
governance
evaluative principles
best practice
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049182.2015.1048594   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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