In this paper we critically examine the role of rural schools as community hubs through the example of sustainability and natural resource scarcity. Drawing upon the first phase of a two-year project exploring education and sustainability in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) of Australia, the paper examines different understandings of community and their impact on community cohesion. A key finding has been that while both community members, and schools, regard sustainability as very important and report high levels of commitment to its pursuit, there are very different understandings of its meaning and implication for communities. The different understandings that emerged potentially creates conflict and makes the pursuit of sustainable community futures difficult. The differences observed reflect debates about community in rural areas, as well as sustainability in the research literature.
|Article number||online first|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Australian and International Journal of Rural Education|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2017|
McPherson, A., ROBERTS, P., & DOWNES, N. (2017). Rural-regional sustainability in the Murray Darling Basin: School / community difference and the politics of water in rural Australia. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27(2), 1. [online first].