FESTER Forum for Encouraging Sound Training in Economic
Competency led agenda Environmental planning (EP) in the 90’s has some dangerously
infected wounds. As uncontrolled growth areas, many of those wounds will
continue to undermine the health of players and their capital resources- if
steps are not taken to reduce infection and further unnecessary injury.
Background For years, many
experienced players of the EP game have observed that environmental planning
discourses are too greatly influenced by people who have little competency in
managing the broad questions. This failure and waste rightly upsets players
who have proper ownership of the land or its resources. While this lack of
competence is often self evident “truth” to one side about the other, the
recognition that both sides, and the judiciary, continue to have limited
training, experience and credibility is still news to most. Forget the critics, we all could do with some more training! The
problem? There are more spectators and newcomers trying to organise the game than is responsible. The players need
to be given back control of the game, before the game itself becomes more of
a joke than a serious issue.
FESTER is a newsletter
forum for players (however inexperienced) who want to encourage responsible involvement and training in environmental planning
issues. Aims: (some key ones in the environmental planning area) · To
identify where improvements can be made in the process of efficient decision making . · To encourage discussion about the nature of responsible dialogue, and when its not occurring. · To stimulate discussion about
“tradesman-like use of the tools”. cf hobby use ·
To identify training needs and opportunities for specialist skills and
objective study. Risks Trying to hold the tension is
not easy, especially when the majority of citizens may be fairly passionately
barracking for one side or another. In addition, you are asking the majority
to butt out of changing the rules ( at least a bit)
because their experience and skill is inadequate to understand many key
competencies. Proper training of the players will, hopefully, overcome much
of the frustration in the stadium at the present time. ( see “Players Rule
OK”) The question? Do we want a mediocre mess or a world class effort?
Invitation We would value your support, experience and your voice.. EP is a crucial game for our children’s future, so I
hope you’ll make a contribution. Please register your email address ..