Sustainable agri-industries neighbouring the north-eastern boundary of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA)

Project Manager: John Merson

Funded by: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC)

Timeframe: July 2004 – April 2008

Investigators: Dr John Merson (University of NSW), Assoc. Prof. Rob Mulley (University of Western Sydney), Assoc. Prof. Sandy Booth, Dr Roger Attwater, Dr Marnie Campbell, Dr Monica Nugent.


This research project addressed the ‘edge relationships’ between the World Heritage Area and the urban, rural and industrial interface. This included exploring more sustainable alternatives for economic production and development around the edges of the WHA, which are more compatible with World Heritage values,  and focusing on better integration between ‘on-park’ and ‘off-park’ management.

This project sought to find approaches that resolved conflicting perspectives and met the common interest, and find opportunities for complementary activities that maximised benefits to landholders on the edge, while enhancing the extension of buffer areas around the WHA.

This project was completed in April 2008 and the final report was published by RIRDC in March 2009.

[ Download the final report ]

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