Researchers have found that open space provision (e.g. parkland) is vitally important for meeting the social, economic and environmental needs of urban populations globally. The international literature on park provision identifies many factors that influence a local government’s ability to provide adequate parkland including political agendas, governance tools and resources.
The highly populated coastal cities and towns in Australia are also most vulnerable places to climate change induced by increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emission through anthropogenic activities. It is estimated that urban areas account for 60-80% of the global energy use and emit more than 70% of global greenhouse gases.
The papers presented at the 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 7) were organised into seven broad themes but all shared, to varying degrees, a common focus on the ways in which high quality academic research can be used in the development and implementation of policy.
This short, exploratory paper reviews the concept of urban density from a historical and sociological perspective. It argues the emphasis dedicated to urban density in Australian planning schemes risks diverting energies away from potentially more fruitful avenues for the achievement of sustainability.
Abstract: VicUrban, the Victorian state government urban land development agency, is showcasing its sustainability credentials in their new 8000 home Aurora Estate. Aurora will have environmental features which, amongst other initiatives, require the use of materials that are more environmentally sustainable. The EcoSelector was designed to guide the builders in their selection of materials.