The International Centre for Balanced Land Use addresses the challenges faced by NSW and globally with food and energy security, and economic, environment and social balance.
The Centre is a joint initiative between the NSW Government (NSW Trade and Investment's Department of Primary Industries and Division of Resources and Energy) and the University of Newcastle (Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources).
Research will be developed in consultation with industry and is aimed at deriving benefit in the areas of economic development and employment, community health and amenity, and the natural environment. Led by a Global Innovation Chair, the specific objectives of the program are to develop:
- Strategies to enhance social licence to operate for key regional industries
- Strategies to manage the cumulative impacts of multiple developments on air, land, soil and water resources
- Enhanced models for community participation in decisions about land use, coexistence and the sustainability of critical regional industries
- Technologies and systems required to rehabilitate land post mining to highly productive uses including agriculture
- Indicators of ecosystem structure and function to support post mining rehabilitation and enhance the integrity of natural habitat on the landscape
- A pilot integrated region wide dust and gas management system to provide sound evidence on the potential health impacts of mining within the community
- Alternative policy frameworks for biodiversity offsets to reduce pressure on the diminishing land available for offsets
- Science and technologies to improve water management and enable sustainable coexistence
The collaborative framework of the Centre provides a practical, independent and multidisciplinary platform to address these complex issues. The combined expertise will contribute to the development of policy and decision-making and will ensure the community understands the scientific basis for government policy.
The Centre is well positioned to provide innovation and research to drive balanced land use outcomes for issues facing NSW now and well into the future.