Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will:

  1. examine a range of key issues, concepts and theories underpinning rural resource planning
  2. explain the interrelationship between environmental, social and economic issues and the impact on change in rural communities
  3. examine the complexities associated with the practical application of rural and regional planning principles
  4. think critically to arrive at creative solutions to rural planning issues
  5. communicate effectively in formulating policies associated with resource planning.
  • Topics

    • Introduction: The Rural ‘Crisis’
    • The geography of settlement in rural Australia and the ‘planning challenge’
    • The changing structure and geography of Agriculture
    • WA’s Planning Framework
    • The changing social profile of rural Australia: Counter-urbanisation and the population turn around
    • New industries and innovations for rural growth
    • Economic adaptation in the countryside: ‘Revitalisation strategies and The clean green…’. Using and managing environmental resources
    • The contested countryside: land use conflicts and planning
    • Planning in rural Australia: Who has responsibility for what?; Infrastructure and planning for rural growth (and decline)
    • Core challenges: the mining boom; delivering health and education services, climate change and natural hazards
    • Lessons in rural resource planning from other jurisdictions (Australia and International)
    • Revision of key themes Practice areas/employment opportunities in rural resource planning
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Economic, social and environmental issues affecting rural areas and the development of resources and the examination of planning responses to these issues.

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  • Essay (50%)
  • Report (50%)

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