A framework to understand the compatibility of the concept ‘sense of place’ underpinning statutory land-use planning to address Aboriginal connections to Country. (15152)
The concept of ‘sense of place’ as a narrative of value, or more commonly a ‘landscape narrative’, has been increasingly applied in landscape planning theory and land-use planning practice. A landscape narrative often elicits the interplay between peoples' story and place and evokes the ideas of how these are controlled, scripted and formed to communicate peoples' relationships to place or a ‘sense of place’. However the institutional, colonial and political aspects surrounding statutory land-use planning in many ways impacts the concept of ‘sense of place’, particularly one to address other ways of knowing. The concept's compatibility to manage and protect the multiplicity and heterogeneity of a cultural landscape is thus uncertain. This paper focuses on Australian Aboriginal connections to Country to understand the compatibility of the concept of ‘sense of place’ underpinning statutory land-use planning to address Aboriginal Peoples' relationships to place and space. It aims to do this by conceptualizing Aboriginal connections to country as an interrelated network of spatial processes. And then highlighting the story, contextual and discourse realms of Aboriginal connections to Country through the concept of ‘sense of place’ construed as a landscape narrative underpinning statutory land-use planning.