The Centre for Regional Development at the University of Western Australia is research intensive, focussing on understanding the major economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges facing rural, regional and remote Australia. It was established in 1999 and has since undertaken research for, and disseminated scholarly and applied academic information to, a range of national and government agencies, private sector and community organisations and natural resource management groups.
Researchers from the Centre for Regional Development have been contracted by the Pilbara Development Commission and the Western Australian Department of Regional Development to undertake an assessment and feasibility of potential innovative models for delivering higher education and lifelong learning to the Pilbara. Data and interview material is being collected from Pilbara-based educators, students, potential students and community members regarding the possibilities and opportunities for delivering higher education and lifelong learning to the Pilbara. It is expectedthe report will be delivered in early 2017.
An edited collection on the topical issues regarding fly-in/fly-out and long distance commuting was published in late 2016. This book draws together a range of research examining the socio-economic impacts of rapid economic development and labour mobility in the Australian resources industries. It examines the tensions of new workforce arrangements on people and communities while also exploring new rural, regional and remote development opportunities, harnessing technologies and economic innovations.
The book is published by Springer (see http://www.springer.com/book/9789811020162)
The eBook is available: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-981-10-2018-6
Ground-breaking work conducted for the Department of Regional Development through a collaboration between researchers at the Centre for Regional Development (UWA) and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (Curtin University) has now been completed. This report addresses the question of how effective agreements arising from native title determinations are at meeting the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples who have achieved, or are pursuing (through registered native title claims), legal recognition as native title holders. The report research is based on a review of relevant academic and ‘grey’ literature as well as case studies of the experiences of three Western Australian Aboriginal native title groups in their efforts to leverage agreements with government and industry to enhance their wellbeing and pursue their aspirations. The case studies focused on two existing Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs); the relatively young Yindjibarndi/Rio Tinto Iron Ore agreement (Pilbara region) and the much older Ord River Final Agreement (Kimberley region); plus the early experiences of the Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation (Kimberley region) in navigating the native title framework and agreement making processes.