Urban Futures Competition winners from 2013.
First prize, 2013
Ashley highlights the impact of urban growth on the fringes of regional towns on prime agricultural land. He argues for changes to the way agricultural land is evaluated to ensure good quality land remains available in rural areas, and not just concentrated in the few highly fertile regions of the state.
In combination, Ashley argues that population growth pressure should be accommodated in the many smaller rural towns suffering population decline, thus reducing the pressure on agricultural land surrounding regional centres.
Second prize, 2013
Abbi focuses on the challenge accommodating population growth in cities. Using Point Cook as a case study she highlights both the cost of providing services and infrastructure to growth areas; as well as the ecological impact of Greenfield development.
Abbi argues that we should focus on alternatives to large detached housing on the city fringe, with greater focus on apartments in areas closer to services, and greater use of shared public spaces.
Third prize, 2013
John Monash Science School
Rachel examines the controversial proposal for a McDonalds store in Tecoma – a proposal vigorously opposed by local residents and the local council, but approved by VCAT.
Rachel points to the extensive resident opposition, traffic implications, and unique character of the Yarra Ranges. She argues that planning should respond to the views of local residents and in this case that the McDonalds store should not be allowed.