Building a place-responsive society through inclusive local projects and networks

Mulligan, M 2004, 'Building a place-responsive society through inclusive local projects and networks', Local Environment, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 147-161.

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Title Building a place-responsive society through inclusive local projects and networks
Author(s) Mulligan, M
Year 2004
Journal name Local Environment
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 147
End page 161
Total pages 15
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Abstract This paper presents the story of a project undertaken by researchers who are active participants in the national Australian debate over place and belonging. It arose from the desire to ground this debate, which brings issues of ecological sustainability, reconciliation and multiculturalism together, in more localised action aimed at building a 'place-responsive society'. The project was carried out as a case study in a region that combines part of the Sydney metropolitan area and the separate 'city' of the Blue Mountains, and involved a consultative committee and then a regional forum of conservationists, environmental educators and community workers. The researchers explored existing place-oriented initiatives in the region and developed practical projects for the future, most notably a proposal for 'totemic species' work within schools involving local Aboriginal people. The research demonstrated, more than anything else, that indigenous Australian approaches to 'place awareness' and nature conservation remain highly relevant in contemporary Australia. It also showed that bioregional awareness and the notion of place responsiveness can add value to more traditional approaches to nature conservation and environmental education. There are opportunities to galvanise local action that can integrate community and environmental work and revitalise professional practice in both areas, but the effort involves working constantly with difference and conflict.
Subject Land Use and Environmental Planning
DOI - identifier 10.1080/1354983042000199543
Copyright notice © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
ISSN 1354-9839
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