Changes in rural property ownership: Challenges and opportunities for natural resource management

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Abstract

The drivers of change were complex and interrelated, and property turnover played an important role, both a result and driver of the transition, resulting in significant changes to rural areas. The broad factors driving change in rural areas, such as amenity migration and the overcapacity of agriculture, resulted in property turnover. In turn, property turnover resulted in further change in rural areas given its link to a new cohort of highly heterogeneous owners. Associated with this, we were seeing changes to land use and management linked to property turnover. Properties moved from productive to a range of non-productive uses. Examples of non-productive uses included recreation (predominantly horses), revegetation or wetland protection. Other newcomers with primary incomes off-property were also involved in agriculture. Some new land owners were not actively involved in the management of their properties, and were constrained by a number of factors that limited their effectiveness such as the time it takes to learn about management and develop a vision, finding the necessary resources and advice, or being challenged by the poor condition of the land owing to past management. In farming areas, property turnover was resulting in a new generation of farmers, as well as in the replacement of less efficient managers with more efficient operators. Here, there was a shift away from wool towards broad acre cropping, prime lambs and forestry.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Curtis, Allan, Co-Supervisor
  • Millar, Joanne, Co-Supervisor
Award date01 May 2010
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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