Building community in a master planned community: The experience of older residents

Walters P. (2005). Building community in a master planned community: The experience of older residents. In: Dave Gardiner and Katie Scott, Proceedings of the International Conference on Engaging Communities. International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-18). 14 - 17 August 2005.

Author Walters P.
Title of paper Building community in a master planned community: The experience of older residents
Conference name International Conference on Engaging Communities
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 14 - 17 August 2005
Proceedings title Proceedings of the International Conference on Engaging Communities
Place of Publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Queensland Department of Main Roads
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1920719032
Editor Dave Gardiner
Katie Scott
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper presents preliminary results of research into how older people might contribute to, and benefit from the establishment of community in a new ‘master-planned community’ (MPC), a ‘post-traditional’ successor to the traditional Australian suburb. The phenomenon of older people moving to MPCs and participating in the establishment of a new community flies in the face of orthodox portrayals of retirement, which often describe a choice between prolonged ageing in place or migration to an aspirational destination with other like-minded retirees. The MPC is heavily marketed for its potential as a community of place, invoking the imagery of a ‘return to neighbourhood’, an ideal favoured by various policy makers and social commentators.

Qualitative research into the establishment of community is underway at Springfield Lakes, a new MPC on the edge of Brisbane. Preliminary findings will be discussed, focussing on the roles and successes of the Springfield Leisure Group of older residents in building community and social capital, and the implications for the wider community of place.

The research forms part of a wider University of Queensland Australian Research Council Linkage project Building Sustainable Social Capital in New Communities, in conjunction with the property developer Delfin Lend Lease.
Subjects 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Keyword Master Planned Communities
Older people
Social capital
Suburbs
Post-traditional society
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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