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Vernacular heritage and evolving environmental policy in Australia: Lessons from the Muray-Darling Outreach Project


Lane, R and Wills, J and Vanclay, FM and Lucas, D, Vernacular heritage and evolving environmental policy in Australia: Lessons from the Muray-Darling Outreach Project, Geoforum, 39, (3) pp. 1305-1317. ISSN 0016-7185 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2007.08.002


The interface between environmentalism and neoliberalism in industrialised nations is dynamic and evolving with each of these significant socio-political movements exerting influence on the other. In the context of Australian environmental policy, ideas of heritage, sense of place and belonging are increasingly invoked to support the current policy emphasis on the role of regional communities for realising goals for land and water conservation and environmental restoration. To explore the broader meaning and consequences of these developments, we focus on the manner in which ideas of heritage are employed and evoked within the Murray-Darling Outreach Project, a collaboration between the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, a key natural resource management agency, and the National Museum of Australia. The Murray-Darling Outreach Project has the aim of increasing community involvement in local environmental issues by promoting ideas of vernacular heritage.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Wills, J (Ms Joanna Wills)
UTAS Author:Vanclay, FM (Professor Francis Vanclay)
UTAS Author:Lucas, D (Mr Damian Lucas)
ID Code:40649
Year Published:2008
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP0211420)
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2008-06-12
Last Modified:2012-11-06
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