The Bellwether Zone? Planning Infrastructure in South-East Queensland

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Title The Bellwether Zone? Planning Infrastructure in South-East Queensland
Author Gleeson, Brendan James; Steele, Wendy Elizabeth
Publication Title State of Australian Cities National Conference
Editor Paul Maginn and Roy Jones
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Bateman, WA
Publisher Promaco Conventions Pty Ltd
Abstract The paper addresses the growing public, scholarly and policy concern over the impact and implications of urban growth in the ‘population powerhouse’ of South East Queensland (SEQ), the fastest growing urban region in Australia. Drawing on the work of Graham and Marvin (2001) around ‘splintering urbanism’, the new tendency of infrastructure development, with its contemporary economic and policy authority, to shape the conditions for planning are explored. We essay a striking example of splintered infrastructure development in the SEQ region and assess the implications for planning and for growth management generally. We choose the term ‘infrastructure development’ rather than ‘infrastructure planning’ because the genesis, financing and construction of contemporary infrastructure reflects both 1) the splintered qualities outlined by Graham and Marvin (2001), and 2) deep, occasionally catastrophic, anomalies sourced in contemporary financing models. This cannot be described as ‘planning’. In this sense, contemporary infrastructure development is simply a new form of urban development that is eclipsing planning. We do not think this phenomenon is confined to SEQ, and we consider parallels in other Australian jurisdictions.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference’s website or contact the authors.
ISBN 1-86308-156-9
Conference name State of Australian Cities National Conference
Location Perth
Date From 2009-11-24
Date To 2009-11-27
Date Accessioned 2010-02-23
Language en_US
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Urban and Regional Planning
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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