Managing Urban Water in Australia: the planned and the unplanned

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Title Managing Urban Water in Australia: the planned and the unplanned
Author England, Philippa Carmel
Journal Name Management of Environmental Quality
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald
Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify factors contributing to the success of demand management measures in a period of severe water shortage in urban areas of Queensland, Australia; to reflect on the role of demand management measures as a policy tool integral to Australia's National Water Initiative. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes the form of a case study and literature review. Findings – Australia's National Water Initiative, with its emphasis on market-based reform, failed to provide adequate mechanisms for dealing with severe drought in Australia's urban areas. In contrast, a mix of regulatory, fiscal and educational initiatives encouraged Brisbane residents to reduce their water consumption by 57 per cent. These initiatives were successful because they formed part of a comprehensive, pervasive and persistent campaign delivered by two tiers of government working in conjunction and exhibiting strong local leadership. Originality/value – The paper identifies the need to include demand management measures – including regulatory, fiscal and educational measures – as well as market-based reforms in national water policy.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 20
Issue Number 5
Page from 592
Page to 608
ISSN 1477-7835
Date Accessioned 2010-02-16
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Law School
Subject Law and Legal Studies
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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