Planning for regions in Australia

Edited book (chapter)

Collits, Paul. 2007. "Planning for regions in Australia." Thompson, Susan (ed.) Planning Australia: an overview of urban and regional planning. Melbourne, Australia. Cambridge University Press. pp. 179-197
Chapter Title

Planning for regions in Australia

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1418
Book TitlePlanning Australia: an overview of urban and regional planning
AuthorCollits, Paul
EditorsThompson, Susan
Page Range179-197
Number of Pages19
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia

Regional planning, regional policy and regional governance are contentious topics. There is debate about what properly constitutes a 'region', as there is about the form, role and scope of planning in and for regions. At the same time, the responsibility for regions and regional planning is currently spread across many levels of government as well as non-elected bodies. It is not surprising, then, that many in the planning community regard the current state of regional planning in Australia as unsatisfactory. Planners who propose a commitment to genuine spatial planning on the regional scale - that is, planning that attempts to integrate social, economic and environmental objectives for regions that are larger than local government areas and smaller than states - face a very significant challenge. To meet it, they must go beyond traditional land-use planning and regulation.

Keywordsregion; regionalism; regional planning; regional government; regional development; spatial planning; new regionalism; government involvement
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380118. Urban and regional economics
440699. Human geography not elsewhere classified
330406. Regional analysis and development
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Byline AffiliationsRoyal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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