This document is currently being revised and should be available in early 2019.
The Living and Working in Rural Areas handbook is based on the experiences of the NSW North Coast rural community in 2007.
These experiences continue to provide ideas and practices that:
The handbook contains practical suggestions, resources and checklists to support community harmony in our rural areas, build positive neighbourly values, and create
and maintain vibrant, healthy and productive rural communities. (Please note that information relating to buffers in Chapter 6 is a guideline only and should be used in conjunction with the Land Use Conflict Risk Assessment Guide (LUCRA). The buffer distances are currently under review.)
When you move to rural areas, especially for the first time, you need to do your homework!
There are lots of issues to consider before making a rural property purchase or moving to a rural area.
Chapter 2 of the Living and Working in Rural Areas handbook contains two important checklists to help you do your homework and make informed decisions:
What types of questions might I ask myself?
As a landholder, it is important for you to be able to carry out your rural activities in line with best practice standards and relevant laws and regulations.
This is your ‘duty of care’. How do you find out what all this means?
Chapter 3 of the Living and Working in Rural Areas handbook helps you to understand what your duty of care obligations are by:
Many issues arise in rural areas, and sometimes they result in disputes between neighbours.
There are also many regulations that address these issues - and everyone has a different attitude to life.
It is normal to be overwhelmed by the complexity of regulations and expectations!
Chapter 4 of the Living and Working in Rural Areas handbook helps you take control of these issues by tackling them one by one, and pointing you towards the relevant law or organisation for more information.
For every issue, the handbook advises you to:
Land use laws, policies and plans affect all our everyday activities in rural areas.
They are designed to enhance rural living and sustainable land use.
All landholders and land managers need to know which laws affect their activities, and how to work within the law.
Chapters 5 and 6 of the Living and Working in Rural Areas handbook summarise the legal and planning system to help you understand what laws, policies and plans affect you.
The two important systems of regulation you need to be aware of are:
To resolve issues and solve problems, we need to talk and listen.
Good communication fosters cooperation and collaboration, and encourages good relationships between people by creating workable solutions to issues.
Chapter 7 of the Living and Working in Rural Areas handbook highlights how effective communication between people is crucial in resolving disputes.
The handbook provides advice on how to be an effective communicator and best solve problems.
Living and Working in Rural Areas - a handbook for managing land us conflict issues on the NSW North Coast.
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