Mining – godsend or manmade disaster in the eyes of rural communities?

Basson, Marita and Basson, Manus (2012) Mining – godsend or manmade disaster in the eyes of rural communities? In: Planning Institute of Australia National Congress 2012, 29 Apr - 2 May 2012, Adelaide, Australia.

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Abstract

A typical response upon hearing the word ‘disaster’ is to associate it with ‘natural disasters’ although the word also refers to disasters brought about by human negligence or poor judgement. During a mixed-methods case study of Moranbah, Queensland, the perceived impact of mining on the community’s daily lives, their future and the liveability of their town emerged as a very strong theme. This theme should be viewed against the twenty-first century planning paradigm where governance has replaced government, and participatory and communicative planning is held as best practice. The value of this research lies in the fact that Moranbah shares many of the characteristics of other Australian rural resource towns and valuable lessons can be learnt from this fifth fastest growing town in Australia. The conclusion of the authors is that poor judgement or ‘man-made disasters’ have the potential to impact on the living spaces of communities as severely as ‘natural disasters’. Further research is recommended to investigate the sociological and psychological underpinnings of community viewpoint, especially the adaptation of social indicators to individual contexts.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Conference information at http://www.planning.org.au/whatson/2012-2. No indication of copyright restrictions preventing deposit. Institute website has Presentation only available.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 22:53
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2017 05:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: resource boom, disaster, liveability, Moranbah, social indicators
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120505 Regional Analysis and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940107 Comparative Structure and Development of Community Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22292

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