Macquarie University have recently completed a three year research project focused on the governance of the GreenWay, a shared asset. The team from Macquarie, led by Jenny George from the Graduate School of the Environment, have worked with GreenWay Sustainability Project, Council and community representatives to develop a range of governance options that are consistent with the GreenWay's sustainability objectives.
Councils are currently finalising the implementation and funding for the new governance model. The current proposal is to fund a Place Manager for an initial 12 month period during 2012-2013.
The action research process included collaborative workshops, capacity building, mentoring and reflective practices as well as traditional research methods.
Key recommendations for governance models include a GreenWay Place Manager or an independent GreenWay Association. These models enable ongoing partnerships and innovation to help realise the community's GreenWay vision for an environmental, community and transport corridor.
The models have been discussed extensively with Councils and the community through a series of workshops and meetings. The research also included comprehensive consultation with GreenWay stakeholders through interviews and meetings.
The Macquarie University Final Report & Key Findings outlines the research approach, key findings and recommendations for the future governance of the GreenWay.
The project was a key activity of the GreenWay Sustainability Project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.