The Use of Ecological Design to Achieve Sustainable Development in Queensland, Australia

Lavery, Hugh (2012) The Use of Ecological Design to Achieve Sustainable Development in Queensland, Australia. Australian Environment International Pty Ltd, Kenmore, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

This series of technical papers arose out of the action by a private entrepreneur to initiate a process beyond mere regulatory compliance in order to achieve best environmental practice at proposed large new visitor gateways to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Because of the complexity of issues involved at such urbanized downstream sites, the range of topics covered is wide – though still only those considered at this juncture to be of management priority.

Included on this platform is one introductory paper reviewing the history of environmental management in the field in Queensland, and three papers which seek to appreciate the main techniques by which government contributes to the solutions viz. through the national park, threatened species list, and environmental impact assessment. The history paper was designed to allow the present series to be considered in broad context as well as performance to date.

The work emphasizes that much of the fertile land that must be sustained nowadays lies in the province of the private sector, and that the initiative to create any new cost-effective paradigm in ecologically-sustainable practices lies mostly in their hands.

In all instances, this strategic approach to large-scale property planning is through ecological design – using field case studies around the immediate biophysical catchment of the development, with attendant focus on the associated legal catchment (the actual development site) and the social catchment (the effective land managers). The first of these has given rise to a document termed a Regional Landscape Strategy, its implementation planned in concert with an Environmental Impact Assessment of the site and with a Strategic Regional Initiative (still being tested in the field) for community engagement. The first document takes into account the aspirations of government as expressed in its broad-scale regional plans.

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ID Code: 67953
Item Type: Book
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Keywords: environmental management, benchmarking, offsetting, community reference group (CRG)
ISBN: 9780646591254
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS (050100) > Landscape Ecology (050104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Natural Resource Management (050209)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Environment International Pty Ltd
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be used or reproduced in any form or by any means – photographic, electronic of mechanical, including photocopying, taping or information storage or retrieval systems – without acknowledging the publisher.
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2014 02:08
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 09:29

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