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Museum outreach programs to promote community engagement in local environmental issues


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Lane, R and Vanclay, F and Wills, J and Lucas, D (2007) Museum outreach programs to promote community engagement in local environmental issues. The Australian Journal of Public Administration, 66 (2). pp. 159-174. ISSN 0313-6647

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Ideas of `community' and `community voice' have been mobilised in collaborative programs developed between the National Museum of Australia and the Murray-Darling Basin Commission since 1992. This collaboration is set within a broader context of changing ideas and practice around governance, community and environmental issues. The recent Murray-Darling Outreach Project (MDOP), a series of museum outreach projects with regional communities aiming to increase community engagement in local environmental issues in the Murray-Darling Basin, is specifically examined. Evaluation research on the MDOP found that the approach to program development significantly shaped the types of voices, range of issues presented and the nature of the communicative forums established. The potential impacts on online audiences are discussed along with broader implications for government agencies involved in community partnerships.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: museum outreach projects; natural resource management; community engagement; Murray-Darling Basin
Journal or Publication Title: The Australian Journal of Public Administration
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Page Range: pp. 159-174
ISSN: 0313-6647
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2007.00525.x
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:34
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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