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Meeting policy challenges of rural and peri-urban land use in Australia: government, governance and public policy

30 Jan 2012
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This paper discusses the pressures and drivers of land use change, community values ascribed to land use and the policy tools that can be used to maximise the total value to the community.

Land use pressures are particularly acute in Victoria - a small and densely populated state. Demand for land with specific attributes is increasing to support agricultural, horticultural and forestry production, environmental services and a range of social amenities including residential housing, recreation and key infrastructure needs. These alternative land uses are often in conflict - over space and time - which means public policy decisions made today will have implications for future generations.

This paper discusses the pressures and drivers of land use change, community values ascribed to land use and the policy tools that can be used to facilitate the distribution of land uses to maximise the total value to the community. The paper draws on examples to highlight two broad trends in land use policy and governance arrangements: the use of market based instruments to meet policy objectives, and an increasingly devolved approach to public policy to manage land use.

Authored by Ismo Rama, Sallyann Harvey, Anna Heaney and Deborah Peterson.

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2012
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