Back to the Future? Planning for environmental outcomes and the new Caring for our Country program

Morrison, T.H., Mcalpine, C., Rhodes, J.R., Peterson, A, and Schmidt, P. (2010) Back to the Future? Planning for environmental outcomes and the new Caring for our Country program. Australian Geographer, 41 (4). pp. 521-538.

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Abstract

The Australian government Caring for our Country (CfoC) program, first announced in 2008, has sought to build on and enhance previous experience with Australian natural resource management policy. This paper critically examines the initial design, planned delivery, and first round of competitive funding outcomes of the new program. This analysis shows that the initial design and delivery of the CfoC model was ad hoc, politicised, and lacking in transparency. The paper concludes that a more systematic and transparent approach for achieving sustainable environmental outcomes is required in order for this new program to achieve its intended objectives. These implications are of interest to Australian and international geographers, natural resource planners, scientists and policy makers concerned with the design, delivery and outcomes of large natural resource and environmental management programs.

Item ID: 39867
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-3311
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 00:22
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy @ 35%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis @ 50%
87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870103 Regional Planning @ 50%
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