In an era of rapid urbanization, peri-urban areas are emerging as the fastest-growing regions in many countries. Generally considered as the space extending one hundred kilometres from the city fringe, peri-urban areas are contested and subject to a wide range of uses such as residential development, productive farming, water catchments, forestry, mineral and stone extraction and tourism and recreation. Whilst the peri-urban space is valued for offering a unique ambiance and lifestyle, it is often highly vulnerable to bushfire and loss of biodiversity and vegetation along with threats to farming and food security in highly productive areas. Drawing together leading researchers and practitioners, this volume provides an interdisciplinary contribution to our knowledge and understanding of how peri-urban areas are being shaped in Australia through a focus on four overarching themes: Peri-urban Conceptualizations; Governance and Planning; Land Use and Food Production; and Solutions and Representations. Whilst the case studies focus on Australia, they advance a variety of tools useful in discerning processes and impacts of peri-urban change globally. Furthermore, the findings are instructive of the issues and tensions commonly encountered in rapidly urbanizing peri-urban areas throughout the world, from landscape valuation and biosecurity concerns to functional adaptation and social change.
Melissa Kennedy is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Community Planning and Development Program at La Trobe University, Australia. Her research interests focus on the creative economy in rural and peri-urban communities. Andrew Butt is a Senior Lecturer in the Community Planning and Development Program at La Trobe University, Australia. His research and teaching has a focus on planning practice and community change in peri-urban and multifunctional rural regions in Australia. Marco Amati is an Associate Professor at RMIT University's School of Global, Urban and Social Sciences, Australia. His interests include the urban forest and green spaces and the history of planning.
Contents: Foreword, Trevor Budge; Peri-urbanization: 'beyond the edge' or a window into the future?, Andrew Butt, Melissa Kennedy and Marco Amati. Part 1 Placing the Peri-Urban in Australia: Amenity, landscape and forms of peri-urbanization around Melbourne, Australia, Andrew Butt and Bill Fish; From multi-functional to value-fusion: environmental values in the peri-urban landscape, Angela Wardell-Johnson; Adaptability in provision of professional services in peri-urban spaces: the case of veterinary work, Edgar Burns; The 'online' peri-urban: understanding local government websites in Victoria and New South Wales, Marco Amati, Robert Freestone and Amy Lanfranchi. Part 2 Planning in the Neglected Space: Environmental objectives of local planning in peri-urban landscapes: neglected values, contested outcomes, Albert Llausas, Ruth Beilin, Michael Buxton and Melissa Neave; Integrating regional settlement with rural land protection: scenarios for peri-urban planning for Melbourne, Michael Buxton, Kath Phelan and Bill Fish; It's all about growth: peri-urban planning in 'The Bush', Paul McFarland; Governance, property rights and planning in peri-urban areas: Greater Sydney case study, Peter Williams. Part 3 Land, Food and Contested Natures: Frankenstein's chicken: understanding local opposition to broiler farms, Elizabeth Taylor; Highlighting the complexity of interactions between peri-urban environments and weed management using case studies from southern Victoria, David McLaren, Greg Lefoe, Fiona Ede, Tony Dugdale, Jackie Steel, Raelene Kwong, John Weiss, Franz Mahr, Daniel Clements and Trevor Hunt; Peri-urban environments: the x-factor for plant pests and diseases, David Williams, Jacqueline Edwards, Greg Lefoe, Brendan Rodoni and Alan Yen; Beyond governance of food systems: planning for resilience in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, Christine Slade and Angela Wardell-Johnson. Part 4 Solutions to Discord (Representations): Voices in the messy agriscape: new potential for the peri-urban, Angela Castles; The challenge of being heard: understanding Wadawurrung climate change vulnerability and adaptive capacity, David Jones, Darryl Low Choy, Philip Clarke, Silvia Serrao-Neumann, Robert Hales, and Olivia Koschade. Index.
'Peri-urban Australia lies at the forefront of some of Australia's most pressing social, economic and environmental issues. Questions of economic development, transport, housing supply, sustainability and well-being find expression in debates on Australia's peri-urban areas. This book brings together researchers who provide fresh insights and challenging perspectives that will inform academics and policymakers alike.' Andrew Beer, The University of South Australia Business School, Australia
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