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Identity

  1. 1. RCS Renewal Join the Discussion…it’s time to have your say… Topic 1. Exploring the Landscapes, livelihoods & lifestyles in the North East region. A number of key landscapes have been identified within the North East region. By identifying values, aspirations, & characteristics of our region, we have identified what people want to be resilient. To date, five key landscapes have emerged through this approach. Do the land use These landscapes have particular characteristics, identities, functions, landscape dynamics and community aspirations that will assist in targeting natural resource management (NRM) actions and directions. descriptions resonate with your understanding of the North East communities? www.yoursaynecma.com.auThe Resilience of the North East Region “ Diverse, healthy landscapes; vibrant communities ”
  2. 2. MAKING SENSE OF THE NORTH EAST CATCHMENT An important component to applying resilience thinking is to describe the relationship between people and their environment. To help describe this relationship we have segmented the region into landscapes & devised some simple descriptions of these landscapes, or ‘social-ecological systems’ Social = Environmental = Economic = Communities, Biophysical Land, Transport, Cultures, Political Water resources & Infrastructure & & Governance Biodiversity Technology boundaries The descriptions have identified the values, aspirations and characteristics of our regions landscapes - Effectively we have identified what people want to be resilient.The Identity of the North East Region “ Diverse, healthy landscapes; vibrant communities ”
  3. 3. 5 land use landscapes have emerged Urban Lifestyle Agriculture Forest Alpine The following characteristics have been used to describe the identity Social = Communities, Environmental = Economic = cultures, Land, water Transport, political & resources and infrastructure government biodiversity and technology boundariesThe Resilience of the North East Region “ Diverse, healthy landscapes; vibrant communities ”
  4. 4. Land use Identity - Landscape, Livelihood and Example locations within the North East RegionLandscapes Lifestyles RCS Renewal Urban A significant urban centre with large Wangaratta, Wodonga and immediate Centres employment, aggregation of surrounds services with a diverse economy manufacturing and services industries. Lifestyle A landscape often termed lifestyle Parts of Ovens, King and Kiewa Valleys (close or ‘tree change’ areas with high to major urban Centres),LANDSCAPES amenity/visual (views green clean), Yackandandah/Allens Flat, Beechworth, tourism and economic value. Rutherglen, Tallangatta, Chiltern, Milawa/Oxley, Eldorado, Bright, TallangattaAgricultural A landscape that has a strong Upper King Valley, Upper Kiewa Valley, UpperProductivity productivity focus and particular Murray Valley Mitta Valley downstream of topography with which the Dartmouth Dam. Also includes the towns community strongly identifies within these areas e.g. Corryong, Myrtleford, (Valley & Plains) Mt Beauty, Omeo Forests A landscape that has a high Major Reserves -Chiltern Mt Pilot National proportion of publicly managed land Park, Mt Buffalo, Ovens River National Park, for reserve and resource purposes. Alpine National Park, Burrowa Pine, Forestry - Pine Plantations in mid slopes (higher rainfall areas), Native Forestry Alpine A landscape that has a high Alpine High Country ie > 1500m? AHD, Falls biodiversity, tourism and water creek, Bogong, Hotham heights, Mt Buffalo yielding characteristics. plateau
  5. 5. Land use Identity Landscape, Livelihood and LifestylesLandscapes Urban A significant urban centre with • Surrounding small block, or peri urban Centres large employment, aggregation of areas are included in this landscape. services with a diverse economy • On, adjacent or near waterways. manufacturing and services industries. • Often high amenity & economic value. • Most people in the region live within these landscapes.The Resilience of the North East Region “ Diverse, healthy landscapes; vibrant communities ”
  6. 6. Land use Identity Landscape, Livelihood and Lifestyles Landscapes Lifestyle A landscape often termed lifestyle or • A landscape within a commutable ‘tree change’ areas with high distance (~45 min) for regular travel amenity/visual (views green clean), to urban centres tourism and economic value. • The landscape is in a dynamic state and is undergoing a change in it’s identity from traditional agricultural land use towards more lifestyle uses • Landscape valued for visual aesthetics, connection with scenery, views & solitude with increasing pressure on agricultural productivity & ecological values • Collectively this landscape has the second largest populationThe Resilience of the North East Region “ Diverse, healthy landscapes; vibrant communities ”
  7. 7. Land use Identity Landscape, Livelihood and LifestylesLandscapes Agricultural A landscape that has a strong •Landscape can also have some Productivity productivity focus and particular amenity pleasure topography with which the community •Relatively tableland ownership strongly identifies (Valley & Plains) •A small proportion of the regional population live in this landscape, however they collectively own & manage the largest holding of freehold land •Ageing nature of landholdersThe Resilience of the North East Region “ Diverse, healthy landscapes; vibrant communities ”
  8. 8. Land use Identity Landscape, Livelihood and LifestylesLandscapes Forests A landscape that has a high proportion of •A subset of this landscape is publicly managed land for reserve and used for non reserve uses – resource purposes. forestry, grazing •Important area for recreation for people living both within & outside the north east – walking, hunting, driving •Collectively this is the largest single land use in the region •Very few people live in this landscapeThe Resilience of the North East Region “ Diverse, healthy landscapes; vibrant communities ”
  9. 9. Land use Identity Landscape, Livelihood andLandscapes Lifestyles Alpine A landscape that has a high biodiversity, •Very few people live in this tourism and water yielding characteristics. landscape •Alpine wetlands, snowfields, Indigenous & European cultural heritage •Hydro electricity occurs in the Kiewa & Upper Murray catchmentsThe Resilience of the North East Region “ Diverse, healthy landscapes; vibrant communities ”
  10. 10. RCS Renewal Question 1: Do the 5 land use landscape descriptions resonate with your understanding of the North East communities?The Resilience of the North East Region “ Diverse, healthy landscapes; vibrant communities ”

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