Social and economic issues associated with the Bowen Basin coal industry: community engagement to reduce conflict over mine operations

Ivanova, Galina, Rolfe, John, and Lockie, Stewart (2005) Social and economic issues associated with the Bowen Basin coal industry: community engagement to reduce conflict over mine operations. In: Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics Conference. pp. 57-72. From: ANZSEE 2005: Australia and New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics Conference: ecological economics in action, 11-13 December 2005, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

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A major project is being undertaken in the Bowen Basin coal mining region of Queensland, Australia, to assess how economic and social impacts of mining should be assessed and negotiated with regional communities. Coal mining has a major impact on regional communities in generating regional incomes and employment. At the same time, the industry is reliant on communities for the supply of labour and business services. While the mining industry and communities have common interests, often it is difficult for them to work together. The focus of this paper is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of traditional social and economic impact assessment tools, to identify a range of other mechanisms that are appropriate for engagement purposes; and to outline the potential use of some of these approaches. These include predictive mechanisms such as input-output analysis, assessment mechanisms such as choice modelling and experimental workshops, and engagement mechanisms such as extended stakeholder analysis.

Item ID: 31209
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Funders: Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 01:18
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960508 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mining Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 50%
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