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Beyond the Edge: Australia's First National Peri-Urban Conference …

Beyond the Edge: Australia's First National Peri-Urban Conference
La Trobe University
Oct 2013

Published in: Technology, Real Estate

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  • 1. REGIONAL NETWORK CITIES part of the peri urban conversation Steven Abbott, Strategic Planner
  • 2. INTRODUCTION • Future thinking in peri urban landscapes • Policy gap in peri urban planning • Regional Network Cities • Bendigo as an example • Considered as part of the conversation • Fundamentally tied to metropolitan systems • Just like any ‘peri urban’ region – influences by and connected to ‘urban’
  • 3. THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT • About how peri urban landscapes haven't had the required attention • And about how they’re understood by communities and individuals
  • 4. THE EMERGENCE OF MID-SIZED CITIES • It’s no longer just about the big five • Genuine alternatives and highly liveable • They’re growing fast! • Policy is beginning to acknowledge their importance • Some say because they have to
  • 5. WHAT DOES AN ‘EMERGENCE’ LOOK LIKE?
  • 6. • A university that has 5000 students and growing rapidly (~6% per year) • 400% increase in V/line patronage since 2005 • 7% annual increase in medium house price • These are products of people conceiving the place ‘differently’
  • 7. Lots of things you can’t see over 13kms of powerlines relocated underground
  • 8. Lots of things that no one really notices! Over 10kms of footpaths upgraded
  • 9. Hundreds of deciduous street trees planted to provide shade in summer and sunlight in winter Tree in place in 2000 Planted since 2000
  • 10. The number of outdoor dining permits has increased by 330% over the past 13 years 2000 - 21 permits 2013 - 69 permits
  • 11. THE POTENTIAL TO FILL A VOID • I think these mid sized cities are important for the future • Policy makers should consider their role in peri urban policy development • Bridge the divide between city and country
  • 12. REGIONAL NETWORK CITIES • A polycentric settlement model across a region • Network model is not new idea. • A network city evolves when two or more previously independent cities strive to cooperate • Prioritise knowledge-based activities like research, education and the creative arts • Each urban player stands to benefit from the synergies of interactive • Complementary function rather than proximity
  • 13. REGIONS THAT… • Work together to understand what each other need • Are coordinated to be competitive in scarce economic climates • Strong social and community capital • Already on a self propelling journey • And ask themselves, “how do these investment support the region?”
  • 14. THAT CAN BE CHARACTERISED BY • Innovation • Connectedness • Altruistic Leadership • Future focussed
  • 15. STRATEGIC THOUGHT • Seek to better understand the continuing and future role of mid sized regional cities around Australia as successful and supportive centres within peri urban regions. • Need to be considered as part of the conversation and policy agenda. • A vision for integration across each level of government. • Compact urban structures with peri urban landscapes that are improving biodiversity, land rehabilitation and conservation, and diverse productivity. • Places like Bendigo are regionally collaborative and globally competitive. • Regional networks understand key services and infrastructure needs to enable greater interaction for health services, education, arts and culture, economic development, and people!
  • 16. THANK YOU s.abbott@bendigo.vic.gov.au @abbott_steven www.bendigo.vic.gov.au www.pinterest.com/greaterbendigo/ www.youtube.com/cityofgreaterbendigo