Integrated analysis for sustainable regional development
In 2018–19 PEAN showed it is possible to use government data to explore regional economic development opportunities and issues. We focused on the Darwin rural area as a pilot. The study area included the Finniss, Adelaide, Mary and Wildman river catchments. After combining data on this area from diverse sources, we worked with the Office of Northern Australia and the North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance to generate meaningful information about development opportunities. The data enabled us to investigate different aspects of sustainable development in the Darwin region as case studies, which generated the insights listed below. The methods developed for the Darwin rural area could be applied to other parts of Australia. More details on methods is provided in the accompanying methods report (Stokes et al. 2019).
The project lead for PEAN was the CSIRO, with support from ABARES, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Bureau of Meteorology, Data61 and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.