Land and Resource Planning and Indigenous Interests: Reproducing or transforming the social relations of resource use

  • Max Barlow
  • Wolf Tietze
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 67)


This chapter concerns the planning and policy processes that surrounded the approval and development of a large zinc mine, Century, in northern Australia (see Map 1). On one level it is a story that belongs to a genre too readily and repeatedly told in volumes of this kind: a story of a state planning process which uncritically promoted the interests of capital against those of a politically marginal constituent. We hope, however, to use the story to explore another question. We are interested in the contribution of planners and planning to the reproduction of inequality in the ownership and use of land and resources in Australia. Some commentators on resource planning in Australia have argued that state planning is essentially post-facto justification or legitimization of corporate decision-making (see Howitt, 1989), thereby perpetuating inequality and indigenous marginality. We ask, is the planner an uncritical supplicant whose work inevitably perpetuates of existing social relations of resource use, or can the planner work to overcome these relations, as Forester (among others) hoped (1989)?


Century Case Indigenous People Aboriginal People Resource Planning Environmental Impact Assessment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Barlow
    • 1
  • Wolf Tietze
    • 2
  1. 1.Concordia UniversityCanada
  2. 2.HelmstedtGermany

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