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Australian National University (1997)

Relationships with land : managing cultural landscapes in NSW national parks

Mulvaney, Mary

Titre : Relationships with land : managing cultural landscapes in NSW national parks

Auteur : Mulvaney, Mary

Université de soutenance : Australian National University

Grade : Master of Science in the Department of Geography 1997

Description
This thesis explores the tensions between policy and practice in cultural landscape management in NSW national parks and nature reserves. Since the inception of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS) in 1967, it has been responsible for the conservation of natural environments and cultural places and has developed policies and planning strategies to fulfil these conservation objectives. However, in the unpredictable economic, bureaucratic and political climate of the 1990s, the NSW NPWS, like many other heritage management agencies, is struggling to resolve tensions emerging between policy development and management implementation for heritage places. Studying cultural landscape conservation, management and interpretation in NSW NPWS reserved lands offers an understanding of present conservation philosophies and concomitant management priorities. It also reveals the virtues of shifting these philosophies away from traditional division of natural environments and cultural heritage towards the integrated management of natural and cultural values. Such a shift is not without its problems, but this thesis makes a positive contribution to resolving these difficulties by suggesting planning and management strategies which facilitate consistent and effective conservation of natural and cultural environments. A significant objective of these strategies is the conservation and interpretation of the cultural landscapes that are important to understanding human relationships with land in NSW over its long and varied history.

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