Sus­tain­abil­ity study

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

My study of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment is an as­sess­ment fo­cused on find­ing out about, and gaug­ing the views of, Pil­bara res­i­dents on pro­jects de­signed to con­struct pros­per­ous, set­tled, eco­nom­i­cally di­verse places to be­come sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties.

At present, cen­tralised pol­icy fram­ing fa­cil­i­tates boom-bust cy­cles which have en­abled the big­gest re­sources boom in Aus­tralia’s his­tory but the “jury is out” on whether govern­ment and in­dus­try sus­tain­able devel­op­ment agen­das have con­trib­uted to­wards com­mu­nity sus­tain­abil­ity.

My main study con­cern is to iden­tify the in­tended and un­in­tended con­se­quences, to res­i­dents, of spo­radic volatile devel­op­ment linked to pos­si­bil­i­ties of bet­ter plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­jects, ser­vices and en­hanced gov­er­nance ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The fo­cus is on the dy­nam­ics of cen­tral-pe­riph­eral re­la­tions in which cen­tral gov­ern­ments and the ex­trac­tive in­dus­try de­cide on sus­tain­able devel­op­ment pro­jects ar­gu­ing that change will lead to im­prove­ment in liveli­hoods, life­styles and qual­ity of life, so I’m also in­ter­view­ing a select group of agenda set­ters.

My the­sis will re­port ev­i­dence about sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and ideas for me­di­at­ing and har­mon­is­ing con­tests to op­ti­mise strengths gained from devel­op­ment; to also min­imise the weak­nesses to sus­tain­ing fron­tier com­mu­ni­ties.

I look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing feed­back over the next seven to eight months on ques­tions such as: Why do you live in the Pil­bara? What is your view on devel­op­ment tak­ing place? Are you set­tled: long-term, here as a step­ping stone, un­de­cided about your fu­ture, in­vol­un­tar­ily stay­ing-put or other op­tions?

Con­fi­den­tial an­swers and views can be emailed to bren­tjm­ckenna.mur­doch.uni.wa Brent J. McKenna, Kar­ratha

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