Living and working in rural areas

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The Living and Working in Rural Areas handbook is a practical reference containing tools, resources and checklists aimed at reducing and avoiding rural land use conflict and pressures on key natural resource assets on the NSW North Coast.

The handbook which is a joint initiative of NSW Department of Primary Industries and Southern Cross University in partnership with the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and funding support from the Natural Heritage Trust reinforces the richness of our rural areas and the diversity of people and land uses that share these areas.

There are seven sections to the handbook reflecting the range of strategies to manage land use conflict issues and the wide cross section of people with an interest in these issues including rural residents, farmers, rural industries, local and state agencies, consultants, real estate agents, environmental groups and organisations involved in natural resource management.

For more information relating to this publication please contact the NSW DPI Wollongbar Agricultural Institute.

The Living and Working in Rural Areas handbook is available for download below in full or in sections.

Also available: Living and Working in Rural Areas brochure

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PDF Introduction to the handbook
Foreward, Table of Contents and Preface.
 545.5 KB
PDF Chapter 1 - Rural land use conflict issues
This chapter aimed at all people with an interest in or involved in rural land use issues defines the origins and causes of rural land use conflict, provides example of issues that create rural conflict and contains a summary of the benefits of managing land use conflict.
 678.5 KB
PDF Chapter 2 - Living in a rural area
This chapter aimed at people moving to a rural area and persons involved in real estate outlines the key factors to consider before purchasing a rural property or moving to a rural area and contains a property inspection checklist that can be used to assess and compare the suitability of different properties.
 1.6 MB
PDF Chapter 3 - Rural land use and duty of care
This chapter aimed at new and current rural landholders highlights the importance of carrying out rural land use in accordance with current best practice and offers a set of principles and a checklist for addressing conflict at the individual property level.
 1.8 MB
PDF Chapter 4 - Common land use conflict issues explained
This chapter aimed at all people with an interest in or involved in rural land use issues provides some initial and brief answers to the most common issues that arise in rural areas and that are typically at the centre of land use conflict and neighbour disputes. The Further information section at the end of the chapter is a handy guide that can be used to follow up issues and to obtain specific advice.
 2.3 MB
PDF Chapter 5 - Policies and plans
This chapter aimed at local and state government and planning consultants contains a summary of the statutory land use planning framework and how it can be applied to manage land use conflict and protect key natural resource assets. The role of legislation, policies as well as regional and local planning in avoiding and reducing land use disputes is highlighted.
 1.6 MB
PDF Chapter 6 - Development Control
This chapter aimed at local and state government and development consultants describes key mechanisms such as buffers for avoiding rural land use conflict at the individual development level. Principles to guide decision making in relation to new development as well as resources to assist the preparation of development control plans to reduce rural conflict are presented.
 1.9 MB
PDF Chapter 7 - Communication and dispute resolution
This chapter aimed at all people with in an interest in rural issues and dispute resolution highlights the importance of communication in resolving disputes. Strategies that can assist in resolving disputes in a cooperative and positive manner are suggested. A checklist for addressing a conflict situation is presented along with some tips for lodging a formal complaint.
 1.1 MB
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