Rural Society

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7 Jul 2016

This article explores perceptions of social capital and sustainability of farming and its contribution to regional development.

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1 Jan 2013

Although the multiple economic, environmental and social challenges threatening the viability of rural and regional communities in Australia are well-known, little research has explored how community leaders conceptualise the impact and opportunities associated with economic diversification from agriculture into alternative industries, such as tourism and...

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1 Jan 2013

This article provides a case study analysis of the social, economic and ecological impacts of open-cut coal mining in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales (NSW) from the beginning of the resources boom in the early 1990s to the present.

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1 Jan 2013

Questions over the role of mining in the Australian economy and society have gained increasing public scrutiny in recent years. In this paper we consider whether the role of mining in Australian society has changed with the recent mining boom. The paper draws attention to...

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1 Jan 2013

Since the introduction of electronic gaming machines into public hotels (pubs) and clubs across most of Australia from the mid-1990s onwards, research attention has largely focused on the impact of gambling venues in densely-populated urban areas along the eastern seaboard. In contrast, despite remote areas...

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1 Jan 2013

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is often touted as the solution to social and environmental ills associated with Australia's mining boom. This paper extends prior research concerning mining's social impacts and related CSR programmes by investigating the emergence of new institutional arrangements in pre-existing rural...

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1 Jan 2013

Understanding the social impacts at a community level triggered by mining operations is a challenging exercise. This paper reflects on a community's perceptions and interpretation of these impacts as well as on the qualitative changes in the local social landscape and their implications for a...

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1 Jan 2013

The main objective of this case study is to facilitate the understanding of the factors which motivate farmers to adopt different agrifood production systems. More specifically, the study focuses on researching farmers' motivations, attitudes and problems, concerning the adoption of conventional and organic farming in...

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1 Jan 2013

The recent growth of the coal seam gas industry has increased pressure on regional communities. Debate surrounding the industry is intense and a social licence to operate has yet to be granted to the industry in its entirety. This article presents an analysis of social...

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1 Jan 2013

Rural life in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW is threatened by the mining and burning of coal and coal seam gas extraction. Extensive open-cut mining is a serious threat to productive rural enterprises between Singleton and Muswellbrook, while mining and gas extraction is expanding...

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1 Jan 2013

In Australia where the economic benefits of minerals resources development accrue at the national and regional levels, it is farming communities that are at the forefront of the challenges resulting from competing land use. This paper maps the mental health impacts on a farming community...

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1 Jan 2013

While links between rurality and health are clearly established, there continues to be interest in the resources that can make a difference to rural, often underserved, small communities. This research investigated how collective features of communities of place and industry communities of common purpose, influence...

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1 Jan 2013

Resource-based activity provides a strong stimulus to local economies, largely through the high incomes paid to employees in the resources sector, plus the large levels of expenditure through supporting business chains. However, the role that resource development plays in driving regional population dynamics remains poorly...

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1 Jan 2013

The practices and public reputation of mining have been changing over time. In the past, mining operations frequently stood accused of being socially and environmentally disruptive, whereas mining today invests heavily in 'socially responsible' and 'sustainable' business practices. Changes such as these can be witnessed...

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1 Jan 2013

In this paper, I compare reflections from my action research engagements with two Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) natural resource management (NRM) organisations, Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) and Murray Catchment Management Authority (CMA) in NSW, Australia. My engagement with MI (2005-2007) coincided with the most extreme years of...

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1 Jan 2013

Tensions between the agriculture and mining sectors in Australia have increased in recent years, with the coal and CSG industries coming to loggerheads with agricultural communities in many areas across the country. Various attempts have been made to address the conflict, often initiated through government...

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1 Jan 2013

This article explores the characteristics of commuting between small towns and regional centres located beyond the sphere of metropolitan influence in an Australian context. In regional Australia there are a number of economic, social and demographic trends affecting small towns and regional areas. In respect...

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1 Jan 2013

The social and economic changes associated with large scale mineral resource extraction are key issues for rural society in Australia and internationally. Resource extraction has played an important role in Australia since European settlement and continues to do so. However, there are some indications that...

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1 Jan 2013

Policy directives in agriculture have long been concerned with encouraging low producing farmers to retire - with limited success. From a healthy ageing perspective, the choice to remain on the farm into advancing years could appear a desirable policy outcome. Yet as farmers age, many...

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1 Jan 2013

By using a Foucauldian discourse analysis, this article examines how ageing farmers are constructed in the second in a series of three Draft Murray Darling Basin, (MDB) Plans which was released in November, 2011, and in media reports from the week beginning 28 November, 2011....