The Redfern-Waterloo authority: Sydney’s continuing use of development corporations as a primary mode of urban governance

Searle, Glen (2006). The Redfern-Waterloo authority: Sydney’s continuing use of development corporations as a primary mode of urban governance. In: Patrick Troy, Refereed Proceedings of the 2nd Bi-Annual National Conference on The State of Australian Cities. 2nd Bi-Annual State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (17 -1-17-11). 30 November - 2 December 2005.

Author Searle, Glen
Title of paper The Redfern-Waterloo authority: Sydney’s continuing use of development corporations as a primary mode of urban governance
Conference name 2nd Bi-Annual State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Conference dates 30 November - 2 December 2005
Proceedings title Refereed Proceedings of the 2nd Bi-Annual National Conference on The State of Australian Cities
Place of Publication Nathan, Qld., Australia
Publisher Urban Research Program, Griffith University
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Patrick Troy
Start page 17 -1
End page 17-11
Total pages 11
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The paper analyses the forces that have led to the NSW government’s creation of another urban development corporation in Sydney, the Redfern-Waterloo Authority. It firstly examines the concept of New State Spaces as a primary mode of urban governance in the post-Fordist era, involving the application of neo-liberalism to major urban projects using public-private partnerships. The paper then reviews the use of urban development corporations by the NSW government since the 1960s as a potential exemplar of new state spaces, and suggests reasons for the frequent adoption of such corporations as a governance mechanism for urban development and redevelopment in Sydney. The local conditions in inner city Redfern-Waterloo that have prompted the creation of the Authority are then examined. After outlining the powers and roles of the Authority, the paper analyses the specific political and institutional contexts that drove the decision to create the Authority at the end of 2004. The extent to which the Authority illustrates the new state spaces thesis is analysed. Finally, possible reasons for the unabated use of urban development corporations by the NSW government in relation to their lessening use in other areas such as the UK are put forward.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Conference theme: The Sustainability and Vulnerability of Urban Australia. Published under Governance, article # 17.

 
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Created: Mon, 31 Oct 2011, 19:20:24 EST by Associate Professor Glen Searle on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management