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. http://ourland3.tripod.com/fester.thm