‘The sweeter country': social dimensions to riparian management in the Burdekin Rangelands, Queensland
Lankester, Allyson, Valentine, Peter, and Cottrell, Alison (2009) ‘The sweeter country': social dimensions to riparian management in the Burdekin Rangelands, Queensland. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 16 (2). pp. 94-102.
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In this article, we examine the social issues underpinning cattle producers' riparian management decisions in the savanna rangelands of north-eastern Queensland. Improved riparian management in these beef grazing regions has become increasingly important given the decline in water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Consequently, there is pressure from management agencies on cattle producers to adopt recommended riparian management practices. However, little is known about what is driving cattle producers' riparian management choices and the factors influencing these choices. Interviews with producers from 18 properties in the Burdekin rangelands sought to fill this knowledge gap. Results showed that the decision by producers to adopt such riparian management practices as fencing and spelling of riparian pastures was largely based on the perceived production benefits and losses. However, an array of social, environmental and financial factors also influenced producers' riparian management decisions. Key influencing factors include social learning, position in the catchment, and financial capacity. Implications for future policy and extension programs are discussed.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
Reproduced with kind permission of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
|Keywords:||adoption, rural landholders, water quality, beef grazing, natural resource management, decision making|
|FoR Codes:||05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960910 Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Land and Water Management @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||09 Oct 2009 09:36|
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