Integrating Administrative and Biophysical Boundaries

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The Burdekin Dry Tropics region encompasses the Burdekin River catchment and several smaller adjacent catchments of the Bowen and Townsville area. Agencies at the state and commonwealth level use these catchment boundaries in combination with bioregional boundaries for a range of NRM and environmental management planning, assessment and operational purposes. In contrast population, economic, health and other statistical planning occurs at the statistical/administrative boundaries with different agencies collecting statistics using different boundaries (e.g. employment regions, tourism regions). Rarely do these boundaries align for example. This mismatch of biophysical and administrative boundaries poses difficulties for NRM, which aspires to combine biophysical, social and economic information for decision making and policy development.

The challenge this presents is that the data presented is subject to limitations, particularly in administrative/statistical boundary zones at or near the edge of the boundaries of the region. Added to this, socio-economic data is averaged over the whole region, which is an issue in analysis that it does not provide population centre statistics separately.

Burdekin Dry Tropics Region 30MAR09 BDT 10009 01.jpg

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