Conflict and controversy : the changing development pattern of the Noosa Shire 1910-1980

Edwards, Denise Terence. (1999). Conflict and controversy : the changing development pattern of the Noosa Shire 1910-1980 M.A. Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Edwards, Denise Terence.
Thesis Title Conflict and controversy : the changing development pattern of the Noosa Shire 1910-1980
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Total pages 309
Language eng
Subjects 430101 History - Australian
750804 Regional planning
Formatted abstract
This thesis is a regional study of the Noosa Shire which focuses on the changing development pattern of the shire as it grew from a small rural shire into a well-known urban shire. The seventy-year time span covers two separate and distinct phases of development. The first phase, from 1910 to 1960, charts the progress of the shire as it grew from an impecunious fledgling shire to one whose prosperity was solidly based on its rural industries. The second phase, from 1960 to 1980, charts the development of the coastal area and the turbulent transition from a rural to an urban shire.

The geographical aspect of the shire, with its eastern boundary bordered by the waters of Laguna Bay and its interior traversed by the Noosa River system, meant that the council was unable to make decisions impacting on the extensive waterways without consultation with many different government bodies. Legislative constraints, combined with increasing population and tourist pressure and a growing environmental awareness within the shire, resulted in two decades of conflict and controversy as the shire struggled to establish its identity as an urban shire.

In order to understand the present, however, it is necessary to research the past. An overview of early settlement patterns and the role played by government legislation in assisting this development forms the basis of Chapter One. Chapter Two looks at the economic development of the area and how and why it occurred as it did. It examines the problems encountered by the settlers and how people used their labour, ingenuity and government legislation to earn a living. The role of the first major land developer, T.M. Burke Pty. Ltd. is described m Chapter Three, both in its political and environmental context; and in Chapter Four, the formation of the Noosa Shire and its early history as part of the Widgee Shire and the Wide Bay District is examined. The role of government legislation and its impact on the workings of a Queensland shire is also discussed in this chapter. Chapter Five looks at the changing development pattern of the shire and the conflict and controversy which evolved along with the shire as thousands of new settlers moved to the coastal area, while the conclusion summarises the important points raised in the thesis.
Keyword Regional planning -- Queensland -- Noosa (Shire) -- History
Noosa (Qld. : Shire) -- History
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