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Parklands, culture and communities: strategic research for building social, cultural and environmental capital in urban parklands

Funding: 2005: $50,000
2006: $45,977
2007: $45,077

Project Member(s): Goodall, H., Wearing, S.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (Department of Environment and Conservation)

Start year: 2005

Summary: Parklands, Culture and Communities is an innovative collaboration between park managers and academic researchers. It will result in deeper knowledge about how cultural and ethnic diversity affects the way communities use urban parks and how they interact with each other in those parks. The project focuses initially on four groups on the Georges River in suburban Sydney: the Indigenous, Anglo, Vietnamese and Arabic-speaking communities. A study of their use of parklands will then be the basis for developing best-practice research, planning and interpretation resources to assist park managers in other locations to collaborate more effectively with their changing local users, thus enhancing positive cross-cultural relations in urban parks.


Deville, A, Wearing, S & McDonald, M 2016, 'Tourism and Willing Workers on Organic Farms: a collision of two spaces in sustainable agriculture', JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, vol. 111, no. B, pp. 421-429.
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Keywords: cultural diversity, park management, urban parklands, indigenous, crosscultural relations, Australian history,

FOR Codes: Land and Parks Management, Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies, History: Australian, Ethnicity and multiculturalism, Recreation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare, Environmental Management, Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History), Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage, Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies, Australian history , Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies, Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise), Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture, Migrant and refugee settlement services