A regional planning system for Queensland

Vasdekis, Athanasis (1980). A regional planning system for Queensland Master's Thesis, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, The University of Queensland.

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Author Vasdekis, Athanasis
Thesis Title A regional planning system for Queensland
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning and Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1980
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Total pages 146
Language eng
Subjects 120505 Regional Analysis and Development
750804 Regional planning
430101 History - Australian
Formatted abstract Chapter 1.
The need for regional planning is outlined in terms of the problems that are beyond the scope of our present Queensland administrative and planning system to solve. Sparsely populated areas, declining country towns, rural urban migration, numerous small Local Authorities and lack of co-ordination between levels of government in planning establish the need for a new administrative system on a regional basis.

Chapter 2.
The theory of regional planning and regionalism is explained and an attempt is made to develop a concept of regional planning systems which consist of an organization and administrative framework for the performance of regional planning. Policy, structure, strategies and legislation are the criteria identified for the analysis of regional planning systems.

Chapter 3.
The development of regional planning as it has occurred in Queensland is discussed on the basis of criteria identified in Chapter 2. The chapter concludes by establishing that the present levels of government have not created a suitable planning framework in the State.

Chapter 4.
Reasons are given for the selection of France, U.S.A. and Canada as overseas countries suitable for analysis.

Chapter 5.
Planning in France is discussed and this nation is identified to have one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated regional planning systems. The regional planning system is well structured and forms part of the nations political organization for national development. The system is central, integrated, well co-ordinated and the strategies implemented under the French system should be seriously considered for Queensland.

Chapter 6.
The U.S.A. system operates within a federal system where the Federal Government has dominance over State and Local Governments. The planning system is ad-hoc because it represents a system which operates within a strongly individualistic and free enterprise economy. However the strategies implemented in U.S.A. are positive and can be adapted for use in Queensland.

Chapter 7 .
Canada represents one of the closest parallels to Australia in political structure, geography and socio-economic environment. The situation in Canada is similar to Queensland because the Provincial Governments (which are the Canadian equivalent to the Australian State Governments) have strong powers under the constitution which established the Federal Government. The most progressive Provincial Governments in Canada have taken the lead in creating regional planning systems suitable to their individual needs.

Chapter 8.
This Chapter presents a structure for a regional planning system suitable to Queensland.
Keyword Regional planning -- Queensland
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