Motivations, expectations and experiences of Australian rural and regional planners

Miller, Evonne, Sahama, Tony R., Grace, Peter, Wilson, Clevo, & Hefferan, Mike (2011) Motivations, expectations and experiences of Australian rural and regional planners. Australian Planner, 48(4), pp. 305-312.

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Despite playing an extremely important role in shaping communities, the role and contribution of planners is not widely understood or acknowledged. At the same time, there is a shortage of planners in Australia, especially in non-urban areas. Thus, though an online survey of 185 rural and regional planners, this research explores their motivations, expectations and experiences. Most enjoyed and felt confident in their role, explaining that they valued the relaxed family orientated rural lifestyle and the varied nature of the planning work. Although they sometimes felt isolated, the non-urban location provided quicker progression to senior roles, the ability to engage directly with the community and to see the consequences of their decisions. Only half felt their education had prepared them well for their role, citing gaps in terms of computerised modelling, team leadership and conflict resolution skills. Their feedback centred on providing a more practical course, focussing more on regional planning, and encouraging urban and rural experience placements. As the first study to quantifiably explore rural and regional Australian planners perceptions of their role and challenges, the findings illustrate current experiences, key planning challenges, perceived educational gaps and future priorities.

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ID Code: 46929
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Planners Work Experiences, Experience of Planning, Survey, Rural and Regional Australia
DOI: 10.1080/07293682.2011.608688
ISSN: 0729-3682
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Regional Analysis and Development (120505)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified (120599)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Routledge
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in Australian Planner © 2011 copyright Taylor & Francis; Australian Planner is available online at:
Deposited On: 10 Nov 2011 00:45
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 16:47

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