Policy and practice

Connors, Libby (2002) Policy and practice. In: Conversations on the Condamine: an oral history from the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin. Envirobook, Sydney, Australia, pp. 101-118. ISBN 0 85881 189 8

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The role of this last chapter is to put the oral history into a policy context so that the combination of factors that formed this environment can be understood. It looks firstly at the social reasons behind the determination to introduce farming on the Darling Downs. This vision was sustained for more than 100 years but had to overcome a series of commercial and environmental problems. Government leaders gave financial and political backing, and agricultural scientists helped to make family farms viable by developing modern farming systems.

This final chapter briefly reviews the technical advice and support that government departments disseminated to the farming conununity. Just as it seemed the vision was being realised, changing international trade relationships and new and difficult environmental problems began to
undermine the foundations that had been laid so carefully. The chapter ends with the 1970s as the problems that that decade ushered in are still very much part of contemporary debate. However ir does draw some conclusions about how this history can help inform a new vision for the catchment.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Catherine Potter, Sarah Moles, Libby Connors, Pam Postle, 2002.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009 02:54
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 03:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: Condamine river; history; oral history; government policy
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440699 Human geography not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5072

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