Thesis / Dissertation

The Many Lives of the Goulburn River: Sustainable Management as Ontological Work

S Lavau, R Robins (ed.), H Verran (ed.)

Published : 2009

Abstract

In this thesis I consider what it might be to do sustainable management of the Goulburn River, which meanders through the dry plains of northern Victoria, in Australia. This river touches many lives. It is celebrated as the “lifeblood” of local rural communities and the water supply for the “food bowl” of Australia. Economic development, social well-being, natural environment, and cultural heritage: a diverse array of community values and expectations are embodied in the contemporary management of the Goulburn River. The core theme of sustainable management with which I engage in this thesis is the integration of environment and development. Rather than evaluating sustainable manageme..

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