REGIONAL NETWORK CITIES
part of the peri urban conversation
Steven Abbott, Strategic Planner
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’
THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT
About how peri urban landscapes haven't had the required attention
And about how they’re understood by communities and individuals
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
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’
Lots of things you can’t
over 13kms of powerlines
Lots of things that no one
Over 10kms of footpaths
Hundreds of deciduous
street trees planted to
provide shade in summer
and sunlight in winter
Tree in place in 2000
Planted since 2000
The number of outdoor
dining permits has
increased by 330% over
the past 13 years
2000 - 21 permits
2013 - 69 permits
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
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
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?”
THAT CAN BE CHARACTERISED BY
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
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