Policy and practice

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Connors, Libby. 2002. "Policy and practice." Potter, Catherine, Moles, Sarah, Connors, Libby and Postle, Pam (ed.) Conversations on the Condamine: an oral history from the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin. Sydney, Australia. Envirobook. pp. 101-118
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Policy and practice

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1835
Book TitleConversations on the Condamine: an oral history from the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin
Authors
AuthorConnors, Libby
EditorsPotter, Catherine, Moles, Sarah, Connors, Libby and Postle, Pam
Page Range101-118
Number of Pages18
Year2002
PublisherEnvirobook
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISBN0858811898
Web Address (URL)http://www.condaminecatchment.com.au/events_conversations.htm
Abstract

The role of this last chapter is to put the oral history into a policy context so that the combination of factors that formed this environment can be understood. It looks firstly at the social reasons behind the determination to introduce farming on the Darling Downs. This vision was sustained for more than 100 years but had to overcome a series of commercial and environmental problems. Government leaders gave financial and political backing, and agricultural scientists helped to make family farms viable by developing modern farming systems.

This final chapter briefly reviews the technical advice and support that government departments disseminated to the farming conununity. Just as it seemed the vision was being realised, changing international trade relationships and new and difficult environmental problems began to
undermine the foundations that had been laid so carefully. The chapter ends with the 1970s as the problems that that decade ushered in are still very much part of contemporary debate. However ir does draw some conclusions about how this history can help inform a new vision for the catchment.

KeywordsCondamine river; history; oral history; government policy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410402. Environmental assessment and monitoring
440699. Human geography not elsewhere classified
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Copyright Catherine Potter, Sarah Moles, Libby Connors, Pam Postle, 2002.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
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