Project Information

Project title
Improving the Contribution of Protected Areas to Quality of Life in Rural and Regional Communities
Matthew Wolnicki, principal supervisor Robyn Bushell
Postal address
PO Box 142 Cunnamulla Qld 4490
Project dates
Commenced August 2004
Anticipated completion August 2007
Nature of the project
This is an Australian Postgraduate Award Doctoral thesis funded through the Australian Research Council and conducted by the University of Western Sydney in collaboration with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW Department of Environment and Conservation).
Study area
Far West (outback) NSW, Australia
Brief description

The project is undertaking a study into how National Parks and other protected areas in the Western Division of NSW are valued by local communities and how these values may be better reflected within park management.

The research is interested in how local communities relate to National Parks, and the views of local people. What relationships do local people have with the country and the way it is changing?

The purpose of this research is to find how western NSW communities perceive national parks and reserves and how these places can play a greater role in contributing to the quality of life of such communities.

The University of Western Sydney is asking members of community groups, associations and committees to take part in the project by providing information about their relationship with national parks and reserves, and how these places play either a positive or negative role within your sense of quality of life.

If you can help in any way, would like more information or would like to provide feedback, please contact UWS Research student Matt Wolnicki

Phone: 0427 492 855
Mail: PO Box 142 Cunnamulla Qld 4490
More information on Matthew's project (doc 50 KB)
Voluntary Questionnaire (doc 24 KB)