The Sustainability of a Small Town: Will Fishing and Tourism be Enough?

By Toni-Anne Carroll.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Through working with the school / community interface and students in Secondary classes the research looks at issues of what constitutes their local community, the shared school and community values that underline identity and belonging, and the uniqueness of the Tasman Peninsula. A very rich heritage has shaped the small community of 2,000 people, and the fishing industry faces challenge and change in an era of globalisation, The question is asked; Can the Tasman Peninsula community be sustainable for the next 200 years and beyond?

Keywords: School and Community, Shared School and Community Values, Identity and Belonging, History Shapes the Community, Sustainable Fishing Practices and Changes, Sustainability of a Small Community

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.43-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.148MB).

Toni-Anne Carroll

PhD Candidate, Tasmanian Campus, Curtin University of Technology, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Originally a Microbiologist with a large international chocolate firm, I made a career switch into teaching 20 years ago. During these years, I have taught in a number of sectors, and I have taken many opportunities for Professional Development. I gained a Master of Education degree from University of Tasmania (UTAS) in 2000, based on an Evaluation of Vocational Numeracy Modules. My current study is based on the study of Sustainability of a small community, where the main industries are fishing and tourism. I am engaging Grade 9 students from a small District school to conduct social history of the community, and thereby identify the key factors of community existence. I will focus on issues of identity, belonging and the voice as being the instruments of sustainability for this community in the face of globalization and global economy.


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