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Green-changing: A research-based collaboration with a tree-changed rural community

Journal Article


Abstract


  • A research-based collaboration with a rural community engaged with the risks and opportunities involved in renewable energy production. Natimuk Township, within the Victorian wheat and sheep belt, is atypical in its renewal by tree-change migrants attracted by the nearby rock climbing destination of Mt Arapiles. The collaboration aimed at crafting broad agreement on what constituted a more sustainable future via a scenario analysis and feasibility study and furthered a community goal to become carbon dioxide emission free. Specialised technical knowledge was found to form a useful basis for deliberation by providing reasons to transcend community factionalism and forge linkages to higher decision-making scales. The Natimuk case study does demonstrate that amenity-oriented in-migrants to rural settlements are capable of disrupting old understandings of what constitutes a desirable future so as to refocus attention on more sustainable forms of rural development. More broadly, the case points to the possibility that climate change is sufficiently threatening to inspire multi-scaled deliberative interchanges between society, state and expertise regarding community desire for green infrastructure. Copyright �� eContent Management Pty Ltd.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Darbas, T., Williams, R., & Graham, S. (2011). Green-changing: A research-based collaboration with a tree-changed rural community. Rural Society, 20(3), 256-265. doi:10.5172/rsj.20.3.256

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864785698

Start Page


  • 256

End Page


  • 265

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • A research-based collaboration with a rural community engaged with the risks and opportunities involved in renewable energy production. Natimuk Township, within the Victorian wheat and sheep belt, is atypical in its renewal by tree-change migrants attracted by the nearby rock climbing destination of Mt Arapiles. The collaboration aimed at crafting broad agreement on what constituted a more sustainable future via a scenario analysis and feasibility study and furthered a community goal to become carbon dioxide emission free. Specialised technical knowledge was found to form a useful basis for deliberation by providing reasons to transcend community factionalism and forge linkages to higher decision-making scales. The Natimuk case study does demonstrate that amenity-oriented in-migrants to rural settlements are capable of disrupting old understandings of what constitutes a desirable future so as to refocus attention on more sustainable forms of rural development. More broadly, the case points to the possibility that climate change is sufficiently threatening to inspire multi-scaled deliberative interchanges between society, state and expertise regarding community desire for green infrastructure. Copyright �� eContent Management Pty Ltd.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Darbas, T., Williams, R., & Graham, S. (2011). Green-changing: A research-based collaboration with a tree-changed rural community. Rural Society, 20(3), 256-265. doi:10.5172/rsj.20.3.256

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864785698

Start Page


  • 256

End Page


  • 265

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication