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Nick Gallent and Daniela Ciaffi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315162

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.001.0001

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Community action in Australian farming and fishing communities

Community action in Australian farming and fishing communities

(p.79) 5 Community action in Australian farming and fishing communities
Community action and planning

Sue Kilpatrick

Karen Willis

Sophie Lewis

Policy Press

This chapter explores how communities come together in the face of externally imposed challenges and the social processes and resources that shape community action in response to these challenges. Collectively described as ‘difficult times’, prolonged drought, floods, increasing financial and occupational stress, labour intensification, government regulations, and a widening division between rural and urban communities in Australia, have had a serious and detrimental impact on the physical and mental health of farmers and fishers in recent times. The responses of five farming and fishing communities in Australia to the challenge of maintaining physical and mental wellbeing while facing various environmental, economic and regulatory pressures on their industries reveal the key role of industry organisations and social processes, including people we term ‘boundary crossers', in the incubation of community action.

Keywords:   boundary crossers, communities of common purpose, health, fishing, industry organisations, mental health

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