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

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Houston_P_Workshop_Australian Peri-Urban Observatory

  1. 1. Putting “peri-urban” on the map: ideas for an Australian Peri-urban Observatory Peter Houston “Beyond the Edge” La Trobe University October 2013
  2. 2. Context and background … • Collective recent experiences – Victoria’s “logical inclusions” saga; the demise of agriculture in the Sydney Basin; the dismantling of the Virginia horticulture district – perspectives from other sectors: biodiversity, water resources, fire • … and a journey of investigation to Europe
  3. 3. PURPLE - http://www.purple-eu.org/ AGROTERRITORI - http://www.agroterritori.org/ • lobbying platform for city-regions • coordinated research program on land use relationships/dynamics • information exchange for agriculture planning and management in peri-urban settings PLUREL - http://www.plurel.net/
  4. 4. Observatori del Paisatge http://www.catpaisatge.net/ Landscape Observatory of Catalonia • support to municipalities re the European Landscape Convention • profile for an obscure topic • collaboration of organisations and professionals • information exchange • influencing role • an Observatory ???
  5. 5. TREND - http://www.trendsa.org.au/ • quasi-“Observatory” functions already exist in Australia... TERN - http://www.tern.org.au/
  6. 6. An Australian Peri-urban Observatory? • • • • raise profile a permanent presence inter-disciplinary and integrative a vehicle for research and action
  7. 7. An Australian Peri-urban Observatory... Why this form of initiative? • the importance of a permanent institutional presence • profile and network strength • the need to coordinate/sponsor/conduct research Why an Observatory? • more than an association • structure and purpose: monitoring and reporting critical for traction Why a website? • subject matter, at a variety of scales, that is best explained through spatial analysis with GIS tools and techniques
  8. 8. An “archipelago” of opportunity... Presentation to CSIRO Urban Ecosystem Science Workshop 2-6 May, 2004. Sydney.
  9. 9. Agricultural productivity, Greater Adelaide region ($/ha, 2001)
  10. 10. Analysis of re-zoning and development projects in and around the Virginia horticultural district, 2004-2013.
  11. 11. An Australian Peri-urban Observatory... What does it do? • • • • independent information, analysis and commentary an Australian focus for study of the peri-urban phenomenon a repository for/portal to peri-urban research a vehicle for developing and funding research projects
  12. 12. An Australian Peri-urban Observatory... Who might be involved? • a network of collaborating researchers and practitioners – Universities – ABS, ABARES, CSIRO – not a bottom-up/grass-roots initiative • inter/multi/cross-disciplinary • independent - probably not linked to State Government agencies
  13. 13. An Australian Peri-urban Observatory… How does it operate? • a consortium of Universities and research organisations • cohorts of graduate research students • start small and achievable – assemble existing research and establish a website presence • “capacity building” projects – define and identify Australia’s peri-urban regions – establish simple monitoring projects (UGBs, population shifts, land use change, etc) • more ambitious research built on demonstrated credibility

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