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Developing The Lismore Csg Poll – A University/Local Government Collaboration, Hanabeth Luke, Kristin A. Den Exter, William E. Boyd, David J. Lloyd, Ben Roche Jan 2013

Developing The Lismore Csg Poll – A University/Local Government Collaboration, Hanabeth Luke, Kristin A. Den Exter, William E. Boyd, David J. Lloyd, Ben Roche

Journal of Economic and Social Policy

Regional universities can contribute to the capacity of regional governance by providing an important source of specialist knowledge that can be used to aid problem-solving and engage communities more actively in decision-making. This paper reports a case of a partnership between a regional university and a local government authority (LGA), in a situation where the local government authority chose to run a referendum-style poll on a regionally important environmental and industrial issue; the development of the coal seam gas industry in a rural area. The partnership was adopted to produce an independently developed question for the poll. The poll question ...