Sustaining rural livelihoods: a case study of Jandowae, Queensland

Farries, Emma (2004). Sustaining rural livelihoods: a case study of Jandowae, Queensland Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Farries, Emma
Thesis Title Sustaining rural livelihoods: a case study of Jandowae, Queensland
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr. Janet Grice
Total pages 89
Language eng
Subjects L
370300 Anthropology
Formatted abstract

Some rural towns in Australia are coping with social and economic restructuring and producing sustainable population growth and economic development, whilst other rural towns are experiencing rapid population decline, the loss of social capital, and poor social and economic conditions. Social capital theory plays an important role in explaining the ability of rural communities to adapt to the changing social and economic environment. The present study examines the rural town of Jandowae in Queensland as a case study on the process of town revitalisation and the role of social capital in this revitalisation. The town of Jandowae has experienced intense media coverage of the Dollar Block Promotion implemented by the local Wambo Shire Council. The Promotion involved selling blocks of residential and industrial land for one dollar to encourage population and economic growth.

Based on semi-structured interviews and desktop analysis, it was concluded that the Dollar Block Promotion was only one component of the town revitalisation process as there were two prior development initiatives that also contributed to the renewal process. Additionally, the findings showed that the Council implemented a top-down approach towards rural development in Jandowae. The top-down approach did not produce the traditionally associated negative outcomes. Instead, the outcomes were similar to the features of a bottom-up approach and the concept of sustainable community development, which resulted in the revitalisation of Jandowae.  

Keyword Land use -- Queensland -- Jandowae Region
Sustainable development -- Queensland
Rural development -- Queensland -- Jandowae

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