Policy brief: Land-based livelihoods

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Land-based livelihoods in the Outback include pastoralism, tourism and mining, including Indigenous enterprises, as well as supporting activities such as natural resource management services, and also smaller land-based activities such as local horticulture, aquaculture, bush food production, etc.  Together they contribute significantly to the national economy, and manage an enormous area of Australia on behalf […]

Policy brief: The Environment

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Maintaining the exceptional environment of the Outback is intertwined with maintaining socially and economically healthy Outback communities. Many of its nongovernment economic sectors – tourism, pastoralism, carbon farming and fisheries – depend on a healthy and attractive environment. In turn, maintenance of the Outback’s superlative landscapes requires active land management to control wildfires and eradicate […]

Policy brief: Economies of scope

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In well-populated areas, efficiencies are commonly gained through economies of scale.  In Sydney, for example, the same waste collection trucks may be able to collect from twice as many customers by driving a kilometer further into the next suburb, thus making collections per house cheaper. This creates economies of scale. But to double the number […]

Joining the dots: policy pathways fit for the outback

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The Outback is an extraordinary place. It encompasses more than 70 per cent of the Australian continent, however less than four percent of the population lives there. It generates a considerable portion of Australia’s wealth, while also being one of the few great natural places remaining on the globe. A thriving Outback is good for […]