In September 2012 I completed a Community Profile Analysis to assist the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority (CMA) develop an upgraded Catchment Action Plan and to provide reference information for other Sydney Metropolitan CMA activities.
The Sydney Metropolitan CMA was required to apply ‘systems thinking’ in upgrading its Catchment Action Plan (CAP). Systems thinking has emerged as a new approach to natural resource management, and frames landscapes as complex dynamic systems with interacting social and ecological parts. To inform systems thinking, the CMA has needed a better understanding of the current socio-economic status of its community and their attitudes towards the environment. The Community Profile Analysis was prepared using Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census data and other socio-economic statistics and references.
Subsequent to the preparation of the Community Profile Analysis – Sydney Metropolitan Region, a similar Community Profile Analysis – Parramatta River Catchment was prepared.
The Community Profile Analysis – Sydney Metropolitan Region comprises a series of ten reports covering both the overall Sydney Metropolitan CMA region (Report 1) and each of eight Places the CMA has identified within the region based on social, economic and ecological criteria (Reports 2 to 9). There is also an Appendix of Tables (Report 10).