In Australia, rural land use planning as the concern of spatial planning strategy and local regulation has largely emerged during an era of contrasting decline in state-directed agricultural policies and futures. Despite a long history of attempts at land use regulation as a nation-building process, success has been muted with a contest between the vision and purpose of agricultural land management extending back into early nineteenth century land use and land release policy. More recently, an era of neoliberalism has resulted in extreme forms of agricultural productivism co-existing with emerging post-agricultural rural landscapes. Consequently, land use planning regulations that have long sought to protect farmland and to maintain viable, commercial farming systems struggle in a context of divided visions for farming futures and for the broader role of the state in directing these. The success of the orthodox rural planning approaches to retaining farmland and ideated farming systems remains muted, even as new versions of rurality are realised.
The author 2018
Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference 2018