A few weeks ago, NIRRA sent out an email contact inviting NIRRA members to comment on the rumoured decrease in Federal Government support for Landcare Australia for the 2012 Budget (see responses below). Media reports had suggested (e.g. Canberra Times, 21/4/12, view source) that regional Landcare groups were ‘primed to expect cuts’, and that funding for Landcare Programs was expected to end next year.
Resource Extraction in Australia: A Changing Landscape or Business as Usual? was the topic of a one day workshop held in Brisbane on 12th April, 2012. The intent of the workshop was to bring together social scientists actively conducting research into the social and economic implications for rural communities of resource extraction to:
We'd like to invite NIRRA members to provide feedback on the document attached below.
These are principles that emerged through discussion following the presentation of the Visioning Papers (see http://nirra.anu.edu.au/news/scoping-vision-future-rural-regional-austra...) and was developed in consultation with social researchers, community leaders, and government representatives at the recent Sustaining Rural Communities Conference in Narrabri
The Australian Rural Mental Health Study (ARMHS) provides an opportunity to undertake longitudinal health research with an established cohort of engaged rural communities by building on the successful NHMRC funded investigation of individual, family and community factors associated with the mental health of residents in rural communities across NSW (ARMHS- Australian Rural Mental Health Study).
Annette Smith is Chair of Central Highlands Regional Resources Use Planning Cooperative Ltd, the local Natural Resource Management Group and a Senior Property Valuer with Taylor Byrne. Her Award ambition is to develop and deliver a series of workshops for agricultural landholders and representatives of mining companies, to better inform and to build capacity to negotiate better outcomes for all parties and the broader community.
Barbara Koennecke is a pioneer of the aquaculture industry in Northern Territory and Principal of Arafura Aquatic Fish Pty Ltd, one of the first professional aquarium businesses in the Northern Territory. Barbara’s Award ambition is to support the giant clam industry and engage the indigenous community in the development of the aquaculture industry in the territory.
I am convening a session with Jacqui Dibden, Clive Potter and Chris Cocklin on ‘Neoliberalising Rural Nature: Market Instruments and Sustainable Land Management’ as part of the International Rural Sociological Association (IRSA) World Congress to be held in Lisbon, July 29 to August 4 next year. If you are interested in submitting an abstract for this session, the final date for submission is January 15. Further details on the session as well as the abstract submission process are outlined below.
This book presents the first comprehensive survey of being a local, in particular in Australia. Claims of belonging as 'local' provide a crucial insight into power relations that extend beyond the local level to questions of national identity and the ethics of belonging in a postcolonial, multicultural nation. How have Anglo-Celtic Australians installed themselves as locals? Where do Indigenous Australians stand in this local politics of identity?
New Directions in Social Impact Assessment
Edited by Frank Vanclay (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and Ana Maria Esteves (Community Insights, The Netherlands)
Published by Edward Elgar (Cheltenham UK), December 2011
We are assisting Ninti One and in a major initiative of the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation, seeking to recruit a Principal Research Leader, to take a leading role in the strategic direction and operational delivery of the Climate Change Adaptation, Energy Futures and Carbon Economies in Remote Australia research program.
Danica Leys is an agribusiness lawyer based in Sydney and co-founder of social media platform AgChatOz. Her Award ambition is to take AgChatOz to the next generation to better advocate for Australian agriculture.
Corinne Annetts is a dairy goat farmer based at Uralla in the New England and Principal of Sunhill Skin Essentials, a range of goat milk based skin care products and moisturizers. Her Award ambition is to support rural women in business enterprise and support the expansion of the dairy goat industry in NSW.