Extractive industries have significant social, economic, and environmental impacts on the communities in which they operate; and, if well governed, the sector can contribute to sustainable local development. With this paper we analyze public sector dimensions of efforts to manage the development pressures associated with mining in Australia by examining the legislative and policy framework of various levels of government. We outline recent legislative trends and variations across jurisdictions. We also identify gaps and inadequacies in the regulatory framework and the implications of these with respect to emerging governance challenges and practices in mining-intensive regions of Australia-particularly for local governments. We identify forms of networked governance in mining regions involving initiatives of and relationships between local governments, state governments, mining companies, and other stakeholders. These governance arrangements are characterized by (1) variety of institutions, (2) attention to mining-specific impacts, and (3) dispersal of resources, responsibilities, and authority.

Publisher: Pion

Region: Europe

Type: Article

CITATION

Everingham, Jo-Anne, Pattenden, Catherine,Klimenko, Veronica and Parmenter, Joni (2013)Regulation of resource-based development: governance challenges and responses in mining regions of Australia. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31 4: 585-602.

Regulation of resource-based development: governance challenges and responses in mining regions of Australia.
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Regulation of resource-based development: governance challenges and responses in mining regions of Australia.