Future Options: Planning for Natural Resources and Land Use in the Rocky Point Sugar Region, SEQ

This project combined principles and practices from landscape ecology, resource management and urban and regional planning to assess land use planning issues under consideration within the Rocky Point Sugar Region (SEQ). This region is currently experiencing rapid population growth. There are opportunities to expand aquaculture production, together with the implementation of a wastewater reuse strategy. These activities could provide many benefits associated with population growth, economic development and ecological habitat remediation and rehabilitation. However, they also compete with the current land uses of the region. A primary adverse impact is the decline of the area of land available for agricultural production (e.g. sugar cane production) due to urban expansion.

Completed in 2003

Funded by: University of New England

Contact: The Institute for Rural Futures