Regional plans and remote settlements: the implications of statutory planning upon resource dependent economies

Harwood, Sharon (2011) Regional plans and remote settlements: the implications of statutory planning upon resource dependent economies. Queensland Planner, 51 (3). pp. 12-17.

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The purpose of this paper is to outline the implications of statutory regional planning that applies urban growth boundaries (footprints) to all settlements within a region's spatial territory including remote and resource dependent settlements. Remote in this sense is located beyond the peripheral rural areas. This paper uses the example of Chillagoe, a remote settlement within the FNQ Regional Plan jurisdiction to illustrate the social and economic implications of a rigid urban footprint in relation to capturing the benefits of a mining camp that is adjacent to the township. The literature abounds with examples of the negative economic consequences of Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) mining camps upon the economies of remote settlements (Storey 2001, 2010)and the negative social implications for FIFO workers and communities (Carrington et al 2010). However, despite these research findings neither the local or FNQ Regional Plan adequately considers the expansion and contraction of the urban footprint to accommodate labour associated with resource developments and land to support mining and workforce services. As a consequence of these rigid footprints, remote settlements will be less able to respond to development and may see their opportunities to reverse backward economic trends simply pass them by. The paper concludes that there is an immediate need to create policy to address intra economic inequities via Regional Plans to enable the opportunities associated with resource developments to be accessed by remote communities so that they may reverse their economic decline.

Item ID: 18911
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1326-3374
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 02:21
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120505 Regional Analysis and Development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870103 Regional Planning @ 100%
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