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Tempering growth: planning for the challenges of climate change and growth management in SEQ


Dedekorkut, A and Mustelin, J and Howes, M and Byrne, J, Tempering growth: planning for the challenges of climate change and growth management in SEQ, Australian Planner, 47, (3) pp. 203-215. ISSN 0729-3682 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Planning Institute Australia

DOI: doi:10.1080/07293682.2010.508206


South East Queensland (SEQ) has experienced voracious growth over the past five decades. Spanning some 200 km, this sprawling subtropical coastal conurbation is beginning to reach its ecological and socio-political limits. Over the last decade there have been concerted efforts to manage this growth with a new regime of plans and policies, but climate change has significantly complicated the challenge. This paper offers a preliminary analysis of the situation. The major climate adaptation challenges for the region are identified, including: rising sea levels, storm surges, higher temperatures, and increased freshwater scarcity. These will impact most on the elderly, sick and disadvantaged who have lower levels of resilience. The key plans and policies that address these issues are then reviewed, including: ClimateQ; the SEQ Regional Plan; and, the Draft SEQ Climate Change Management Plan. The overall planning regime is appraised in light of five core themes of strong ecological modernisation (technological innovation; engaging with economic imperatives; political and institutional change; transforming the role of social movements and discursive change) and the principles of environmental justice. It is argued that together these schools of thought could provide criteria for a more effective and equitable climate adaptation response for the region.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change adaptation, ecological modernisation, environmental justice, South East Queensland, growth management
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:125276
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-04-11
Last Modified:2018-07-17

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