Section 4: Structural Change Case Studies

Case studies of new metropolitan strategies (e.g. Melbourne, Perth, Darwin) and key urban renewal projects (e.g. Fishermans Bend in Melbourne, Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Barangaroo in Sydney) demonstrate the change in paradigm, the issues confronted by land use/infrastructure planners, and the ongoing opportunities for developers in terms of investment in inner and middle ring areas.  The evidence suggests that major public sector investment and planning effort will focus on inner areas. Structural change also drives spatial change outside of capital cities in less obvious ways. The regional tourism case study is a less obvious ‘export’ which is changing the settlement pattern of Australia. The Pilbara and Surat Basin case studies are intended to demonstrate that while resource export based developments have significant direct impacts there are major differences in settlement outcomes for iron ore compared with coal seam gas.

Emerging city and region shapers are examined utilising a series of case studies intended to demonstrate issues, opportunities and research requirements. The extreme levels of lifestyle mobility likely to be encountered are examined through looking at both residential and job mobility. Planning in the future should be innovative, dynamic and price sensitive as future Australians respond to the twin forces of global competition and family cohesion. This suggests functional or project outcomes which deliver price and location outcomes consistent with community cohesion.

Planning strategies based on ‘peak oil’ will need to be replaced with planning strategies in an era of energy abundance. In parallel with mass transit, small engine capacity automobiles and bicycles licensed to persons as young as 15 could fundamentally change urban geography in Australia.

The price of housing should be contained for a long period to re-establish affordability levels. Housing demand is complex and to enable home ownership, a new market structure will ultimately be required. In the short term the National Land Partnership Program concept is examined as a thought-starter based on the premise that fundamental change in planning and subdivision practice is likely to be required. The final case study focuses on tourism and highlights the fact that spatial policies for key growth sectors in Australia are missing.


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About the author:

Brian HaratsisBrian Haratsis Executive Chairman E: P: 03 9600 0500
Brian Haratsis is MacroPlan's Founder and Executive Chairman. Brian is an economist and future strategist with over 30 years’ experience as an advisor to governments and major corporate clients throughout Australia.Brian commands an unparalleled, on-the-ground knowledge of residential markets across Australia, having worked extensively and regularly in all capital cities and key regional markets. 
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