The impact of continued expansion of
Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary
on future food security.
Shelley Bennett (133623)
Thesis statement:
Urban sprawl, enabled
by the expansion of the
urban growth boundary
(UGB) is resulting in a
loss of agri...
Rural Impacts
–	 Reduces certainty for farmers
to re-invest in their land and
plan for the future (Buxton, 2006)
–	 Encour...
Urban Impacts
–	 Increased food prices (Larsen, 2008)
–	 Loss of local industry,
employment and access to
locally produced...
The other side:
State Government and
affordable housing (Dowling, 2010)
–	 Short-sighted approach
–	 Does not consider vul...
Conclusions
–	 Challenge: next doubling of
food production to come
from increased productivity
on the same land base
–	 Re...
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  1. 1. The impact of continued expansion of Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary on future food security. Shelley Bennett (133623)
  2. 2. Thesis statement: Urban sprawl, enabled by the expansion of the urban growth boundary (UGB) is resulting in a loss of agricultural land, impacting on future food security in Melbourne, Australia. Background Info: – Links between land use planning and food security – Food related economic activity in Victoria – Food security – Melbourne’s UGB
  3. 3. Rural Impacts – Reduces certainty for farmers to re-invest in their land and plan for the future (Buxton, 2006) – Encourages land speculation – Increased land rates and values (Egan, 2009) What can Planning do? – Enforce permanent UGB’s to ensure certainty and reinstate shorter supply chains Eg. Oregon, USA (Burke, 2008)
  4. 4. Urban Impacts – Increased food prices (Larsen, 2008) – Loss of local industry, employment and access to locally produced food (Burns, 2009) – Casey-Cardinia growth area What can Planning do? – Protect prime agricultural land from urban development to maintain a local supply (Burns, 2009)
  5. 5. The other side: State Government and affordable housing (Dowling, 2010) – Short-sighted approach – Does not consider vulnerability to changes in utility, fuel and food costs (Burns, 2009) – Increasing density along transport corridors would save society $300 million per 1,000 housing units (City of Melbourne, 2009)
  6. 6. Conclusions – Challenge: next doubling of food production to come from increased productivity on the same land base – Research and technology development is essential – Productive agricultrual land should be treated as a strategic resource, and not converted into housing. – Food is now a core agenda item, and Melbourne needs to stop increasing the UGB in order to achieve future food security.
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