Corporate sector involvement in the governance of mining-intensive regions

Cheshire, Lynda, Everingham, Jo-Anne and Pattenden, Catherine (2011) Corporate sector involvement in the governance of mining-intensive regions. Australian Geographer, 42 2: 123-138. doi:10.1080/00049182.2011.569986

Author Cheshire, Lynda
Everingham, Jo-Anne
Pattenden, Catherine
Title Corporate sector involvement in the governance of mining-intensive regions
Journal name Australian Geographer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9182
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00049182.2011.569986
Volume 42
Issue 2
Start page 123
End page 138
Total pages 16
Place of publication Chester Hill, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Mining companies are increasingly urged to contribute to the long-term economic and social well-being of host communities in regional Australia and are attempting to respond to such calls as part of a commitment to corporate social responsibility. Yet the nature and extent of their involvement in local affairs is not fixed or given, but is influenced by a host of factors including the kind of mine in operation, the remoteness of the local area, the presence or absence of other governmental stakeholders and the legacy of prior modes of mining industry intervention. This paper explores these issues in three different contexts: A company town considering normalisation; a mixed-economy region in which mining companies are required to play a greater role in local affairs than previously; and a fly-in, fly-out mine in a remote and sparsely populated region in which such opportunities to contribute to local life are limited. These studies illustrate the shifting responsibilities between public and private sectors, the changing expectations of each actor, and the ambiguity surrounding the responsibility of mining companies to participate in local governance.
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