Peri-urban growth, planning and bushfire in the Melbourne city-region

Butt, Andrew, Buxton, Michael, Haynes, Rachel and Lechner, Alex (2009). Peri-urban growth, planning and bushfire in the Melbourne city-region. In: P. J. Maginn, R. Jones and F. Haslam-Mackenzie, SOAC 2009 peer reviewed papers. 4th State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2009), Perth, WA, Australia, (). 24-27 November 2009.

Author Butt, Andrew
Buxton, Michael
Haynes, Rachel
Lechner, Alex
Title of paper Peri-urban growth, planning and bushfire in the Melbourne city-region
Conference name 4th State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2009)
Conference location Perth, WA, Australia
Conference dates 24-27 November 2009
Proceedings title SOAC 2009 peer reviewed papers
Place of Publication Perth, WA, Australia
Publisher SOAC
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1863081569
Editor P. J. Maginn
R. Jones
F. Haslam-Mackenzie
Total pages 14
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Population growth in the peri-urban areas to the north of Melbourne has been significant over the past two decades. This has occurred in existing urban centres and across the rural landscape. Recent bushfires (February 2009) in this region have resulted in the highest casualties recorded in Australian bushfires and have caused considerable community trauma, dislocation and anxiety. This paper uses research establishing the patterns and level of new housing development in these areas to explore processes of planning, housing development and increased community risk in these regions. The paper explores the role of planning in the expansion of these vulnerable peri-urban communities and analyses responses to bushfire management within the planning process, identifying implicit understandings of risk and responsibility and inadequacies in policy formulation and decision making.
Keyword Bushfire
Peri-urban housing
Urban growth
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Conference meta-theme - city growth, sustainability, vitality and vulnerability

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