Environmental Justice and Governance for Social Change
NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage, $90,000
Dr John Rafferty, Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, Dr Shelby Laird & Dr Jillian Dunphy
This project aimed to help communities protect their natural environment and to live more sustainably. It is one of a suite of regional initiatives by NSW OEH which seek to work with regional partners to engage with their communities around environmental issues that matter to them locally.
The three communities targeted in the Riverina were Deniliquin, Albury and Holbrook. ILWS researchers consulted with the communities via conversations and relationship building, forums, surveys and community workshops. Local environmental profiles have been compiled from the information gathered.
Key findings were:
Funding has been provided for six small community-based projects.
The project has delivered practical new resources to assist communities to protect their natural environment and live sustainably. It has provide new knowledge about how residents are approaching these issues at the local level and has identified barriers to community engagement on these issues and opportunities for new initiatives. The project received further funding from NSW OEH in 2015 to include Corowa.
Masterman-Smith, H., Rafferty, J., Dunphy, J., & Laird, S. G. (2016). The emerging field of rural environmental justice studies in Australia: Reflections from an environmental community engagement program. Journal of Rural Studies. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.04.005
Masterman-Smith, H., Rafferty, J., Sheahan, M. & Ward, W. (2015). Beyond the usual suspects: justice, community and NRM. Presented at Australian Social Science Academy workshop on justice, fairness and equity in natural resource management (12-13 October). Canberra: Australian National University.
Dr John Rafferty,
Charles Sturt University – Albury
Dr Helen Masterman-Smith,
Charles Sturt University - Albury