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Local sustainability and community: Issues of social capital, governance, and capacity

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Martin, C (2003) Local sustainability and community: Issues of social capital, governance, and capacity. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This research was based on the notion that initiatives involving communities
at the local level are essential to advancing the sustainability agenda. Three
communities of the Community Precinct Program, a community
representation framework implemented and maintained by the Glenorchy
City Council (GCC), provided case studies by which to explore how the
sustainability agenda may be locally operationalised. The development and
implementation of a local State of the Environment Report (SoER) process
was used as a strategy by which to examine the uptake of sustainability
principles by members of the community. Inhibitors and facilitators to the
adoption of sustainability emerging in the state and civil spheres during the
SoER process were examined by using a combination of questionnaires,
participant observations, and interviews with community members and GCC
representatives. Issues of social capital. governance and capacity emerged as
central. Specifically, the relationships among social capital, community
capacity, and sense of community emerged as significant in the ability of
precinct committees to initiate projects enhancing sustainability. Findings
also indicated that while the Precinct Program does enhance participation in
decision-making processes, thanks largely to the efforts of community
leaders and the improved link between the community and Council, tensions
among Council representatives, and the Program's lack of focus undermine
its substantial benefits. Increasing the understanding of sustainability issues
within the community and Council is also a challenge, with the sustainability
rhetoric evident in Council documents rarely being implemented in practice.

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Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 03:44
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:06
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