Rest of the course. Only 3 lectures left - last lecture is on May 30th we expect you to come to this as key learning portfolio exercise of reflecting on best policy briefs Next week last tutorial Week after - May 20-22 you are giving your policy briefs
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Your learning portfolio MUST contain at least the following items:
Poor communication can have dreadful outcomes
Environmental, Policy and Planning
“Catchment/regions are the most effective scale at which to engage the community in addressing dryland salinity and water quality. The catchment/region units will underpin broader levels of management such as the Murray Darling Basin Salinity Strategy or State/Territory salinity plans”
P2 A National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, October 2000, Commonwealth Government of Australia
Group 1 - anyone who has worked for government – if you were in charge in a govt dept for assisting a regional planning exercise what are they keys to getting the process to be responsive to local needs?
Group 2 – anyone who has lived in rural Australia – what are the keys for involving rural Australians in any regional environmental planning?
Group 3- Indigenous facilitators – what are the keys to involving Indigenous people in any regional environmental planning?
Group 4 - regional planning facilitators –what are the keys to defining regions that work?
Group 5 - Landcare facilitators – how can landcare be scaled up?
Group 6 - Anyone left - what are the key things this course has taught you so far on making regional environmental planning in Australia work?
“Regionalism is about autonomy and identity at a regional level, and about ‘scaling up’ to better engage with particular environmental and social issues, driven from below. Regionalisation is about central governments achieving efficiencies and effectiveness by concentrating program delivery at the regional scale, usually while retaining financial control and hence program control”.
“sizeable division of Territory separated from others by a mixture of tangible characteristics which simultaneously sets it is apart from neighbouring areas, and declares a degree of commonality, or shared identity, among the physical features and/or the inhabitants of that division.”
Joe Powell The emergence of Bioregionalsim in the Murray-Darling Basin 1993
Editorial “An integrating Idea” The New Catalyst 1 No 2 1986:2
We shall never achieve harmony with the land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve, but to strive. It is only in mechanical enterprises that we can expect that early or complete fruition of effort which we call ‘success’.
When we say ‘striving’, we admit at the outset that the thing we need must grow from within. No striving for an idea was ever injected wholly from without.
The problem, then, is how to bring about a striving for harmony with land among the people many of whom have forgotten there is any such thing as land, among whom education and culture being have become almost synonymous with landlessness. This is the problem of ‘conservation education’.
A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold. 1970:210 Ballantine Books 1949 original