It's Raining Men in Darwin

Gendered Effects from the Construction of Major Oil and Gas Projects

Andrew Taylor, Dean Carson

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Abstract

    Construction of large onshore oil and gas processing plants brings the promise of significant local economic attributions; however, the injection of a high churning male construction workforce can change and dominate the host community’s demographics. This can generate a range of issues which are well documented in the literature on resource ‘Boomtowns’. But because most studies are retrospective and focus on small towns, findings may hold limited transitivity to relatively large and economically diverse towns or cities. Consequently research based knowledge for the facilitation of dialogue between governments, the community and industry on the scale and timing of construction impacts is absent. Darwin, a city of around 130,000 residents in the north of Australia, has secured a large liquid natural gas processing plant which is currently under construction. The plant is touted to bring substantial economic benefits with a peak construction workforce of more than 3,500 anticipated. But little meaningful discussion on possible effects on population makeup and social fabric of the city has been forthcoming. This study profiles the INPEX plant construction workforce under several scenarios based on combinations of local worker engagement and total workforce size. Profiles are overlayed onto population projection data to appraise the scale of demographic and social impacts. Findings show that, despite Darwin’s size and pre-existing population, labour force and family profiles, the project will contribute significant demographic and social upheaval during construction. Governments, the community and industry are advised to engage in an early and open dialogue focused on mitigating negative and garnering positive long-term outcomes with this research as the basis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)24-40
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Rural and Community Development
    Volume9
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Fingerprint

    dialogue
    industry
    small town
    natural gas
    labor force
    social effects
    attribution
    community
    projection
    economics
    town
    resident
    scenario
    worker
    resources
    literature

    Cite this

    @article{e9e5ab625a3d4362a8f780fb96e598f5,
    title = "It's Raining Men in Darwin: Gendered Effects from the Construction of Major Oil and Gas Projects",
    abstract = "Construction of large onshore oil and gas processing plants brings the promise of significant local economic attributions; however, the injection of a high churning male construction workforce can change and dominate the host community’s demographics. This can generate a range of issues which are well documented in the literature on resource ‘Boomtowns’. But because most studies are retrospective and focus on small towns, findings may hold limited transitivity to relatively large and economically diverse towns or cities. Consequently research based knowledge for the facilitation of dialogue between governments, the community and industry on the scale and timing of construction impacts is absent. Darwin, a city of around 130,000 residents in the north of Australia, has secured a large liquid natural gas processing plant which is currently under construction. The plant is touted to bring substantial economic benefits with a peak construction workforce of more than 3,500 anticipated. But little meaningful discussion on possible effects on population makeup and social fabric of the city has been forthcoming. This study profiles the INPEX plant construction workforce under several scenarios based on combinations of local worker engagement and total workforce size. Profiles are overlayed onto population projection data to appraise the scale of demographic and social impacts. Findings show that, despite Darwin’s size and pre-existing population, labour force and family profiles, the project will contribute significant demographic and social upheaval during construction. Governments, the community and industry are advised to engage in an early and open dialogue focused on mitigating negative and garnering positive long-term outcomes with this research as the basis.",
    author = "Andrew Taylor and Dean Carson",
    year = "2014",
    language = "English",
    volume = "9",
    pages = "24--40",
    journal = "Journal of Rural and Community Development",
    issn = "1712-8277",
    publisher = "Rural Development Institute Brandon University",
    number = "1",

    }

    It's Raining Men in Darwin : Gendered Effects from the Construction of Major Oil and Gas Projects. / Taylor, Andrew; Carson, Dean.

    In: Journal of Rural and Community Development, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2014, p. 24-40.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - It's Raining Men in Darwin

    T2 - Gendered Effects from the Construction of Major Oil and Gas Projects

    AU - Taylor, Andrew

    AU - Carson, Dean

    PY - 2014

    Y1 - 2014

    N2 - Construction of large onshore oil and gas processing plants brings the promise of significant local economic attributions; however, the injection of a high churning male construction workforce can change and dominate the host community’s demographics. This can generate a range of issues which are well documented in the literature on resource ‘Boomtowns’. But because most studies are retrospective and focus on small towns, findings may hold limited transitivity to relatively large and economically diverse towns or cities. Consequently research based knowledge for the facilitation of dialogue between governments, the community and industry on the scale and timing of construction impacts is absent. Darwin, a city of around 130,000 residents in the north of Australia, has secured a large liquid natural gas processing plant which is currently under construction. The plant is touted to bring substantial economic benefits with a peak construction workforce of more than 3,500 anticipated. But little meaningful discussion on possible effects on population makeup and social fabric of the city has been forthcoming. This study profiles the INPEX plant construction workforce under several scenarios based on combinations of local worker engagement and total workforce size. Profiles are overlayed onto population projection data to appraise the scale of demographic and social impacts. Findings show that, despite Darwin’s size and pre-existing population, labour force and family profiles, the project will contribute significant demographic and social upheaval during construction. Governments, the community and industry are advised to engage in an early and open dialogue focused on mitigating negative and garnering positive long-term outcomes with this research as the basis.

    AB - Construction of large onshore oil and gas processing plants brings the promise of significant local economic attributions; however, the injection of a high churning male construction workforce can change and dominate the host community’s demographics. This can generate a range of issues which are well documented in the literature on resource ‘Boomtowns’. But because most studies are retrospective and focus on small towns, findings may hold limited transitivity to relatively large and economically diverse towns or cities. Consequently research based knowledge for the facilitation of dialogue between governments, the community and industry on the scale and timing of construction impacts is absent. Darwin, a city of around 130,000 residents in the north of Australia, has secured a large liquid natural gas processing plant which is currently under construction. The plant is touted to bring substantial economic benefits with a peak construction workforce of more than 3,500 anticipated. But little meaningful discussion on possible effects on population makeup and social fabric of the city has been forthcoming. This study profiles the INPEX plant construction workforce under several scenarios based on combinations of local worker engagement and total workforce size. Profiles are overlayed onto population projection data to appraise the scale of demographic and social impacts. Findings show that, despite Darwin’s size and pre-existing population, labour force and family profiles, the project will contribute significant demographic and social upheaval during construction. Governments, the community and industry are advised to engage in an early and open dialogue focused on mitigating negative and garnering positive long-term outcomes with this research as the basis.

    M3 - Article

    VL - 9

    SP - 24

    EP - 40

    JO - Journal of Rural and Community Development

    JF - Journal of Rural and Community Development

    SN - 1712-8277

    IS - 1

    ER -