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PROSPECTS FOR REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY: LAND USE CHANGE IN THE EASTERN DARLING DOWNS, 1975-2001
 

Summary: PROSPECTS FOR REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY: LAND USE
CHANGE IN THE EASTERN DARLING DOWNS, 1975-2001
Charlie Zammit*, Armando A. Apan, Geoff Cockfield, Andrew Le Brocque, and
Michelle R. Bouldin
Land Use Study Centre
University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba 4350 Queensland, Australia
*Phone: +61 4631 5577 Fax: +61 4631 5581
Email: zammit@usq.edu.au
Abstract
The Darling Downs region of southern Queensland is in the headwaters of the Murray
Darling Basin and is characterised by highly fertile soils and a long history of agricultural
development. In recent times the Downs, like many agricultural regions, has experienced
significant change in land use activities, caused partly by new policy initiatives and
technological developments, partly by changing commodity markets and partly by broader
demographic and cultural shifts.
This paper reports preliminary findings from a multidisciplinary research project being
conducted in the Downs that examines patterns of land use change and their causes in a
1000km2 area centred around the town of Pittsworth and including upland country to the east
and floodplains bordering the Condamine river to the west.

  

Source: Apan, Armando - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland

 

Collections: Geosciences; Engineering