Sustainable governance for small desert settlements: learning from the multi-settlement regionalism of Anmatjere Community Government Council

Sustainable governance for small desert settlements: learning from the multi-settlement regionalism of Anmatjere Community Government Council Journal Article

The Rangeland Journal

  • Author(s): Sanders, W, Holcombe, S
  • Published: 2008
  • Volume: 30

Abstract: In light of some basic desert demography, this paper examines governance patterns for small desert settlements. It traces policy histories which led to the emergence of highly localised, single settlement governance arrangements during the 1970s and ’80s. It also identifies the many pushes since within the Northern Territory local government system for more regional, multi-settlement governance structures. The paper goes on to examine the history of one such regional, multi-settlement arrangement in central Australia, the Anmatjere Community Government Council established in 1993. The paper details our work with this Council over the last 4 years on ‘issues of importance or concern’ to them. The paper aims to learn from the ACGC experience in order to inform the more radical restructuring of Northern Territory local government currently underway towards larger multi-settlement regionalism. It concludes with four specific lessons, the most important of which is that regionalism must build on single settlement localism.

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Sanders, W, Holcombe, S, 2008, Sustainable governance for small desert settlements: learning from the multi-settlement regionalism of Anmatjere Community Government Council, Volume:30, Journal Article, viewed 25 July 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4832.

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