Local attitudes to changing land use - the Narrabri Shire

Dr Meg Sherval; Dr Michael Askew; Dr Hedda Haugen Askland; Dr Julia Coffey; Dr David Farrugia; Dr Joanne Hanley; Dr Steven Threadgold

This project analyses attitudes to and perceptions of changing land use in Narrabri Shire. Traditionally an agricultural region, which is currently undergoing change in the form of mining and coal seam gas expansion, the project explores how landscapes are being re-orientated. It also questions whether this shift is challenging community cohesion and the government’s own vision of ‘co-existence’. The project is jointly funded by the University of Newcastle and the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the research team represents a collaboration between the University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, and the Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures.



Sherval, M., Haugen Askland, M., Askew, M., Hanley, J., Farrugia, D., Threadgold S., and Coffey, J. (2017) ‘Farmers as modern-day stewards - valuing agricultural hierarchies over extractive projects’ Local Environment (accepted and in press).

Askland HH, Askew M, Hanley J, Sherval M, Farrugia D, Threadgold S, Coffey J. 2016. Local Attitudes to Changing Land Use – Narrabri Shire. Full Report. June 2016. Newcastle, NSW: The University of Newcastle, NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.