The Peri-urban Region Research Group undertakes long term research into peri-urban areas in Australia together with a number of project partners.
This research aims to redress the relative lack of data and policy for Australia’s peri-urban regions. Although the research conducted by the group is concerned with Melbourne, the findings and approach are relevant to other peri-urban areas nationally and internationally.
These major research projects showcase RMIT's peri-urban research focus.
Scenario planning for Melbourne’s peri-urban region
Completed in 2011, this report was funded by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with eight peri-urban councils. The report used scenario methodology to project the consequences of current trends on settlement patterns and land use in the region to 2040. It also backcast from a desired future to identify what changes may be needed to reach a preferred future.
Key partners: Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, Mitchell Shire, Moorabool Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Surf Coast Shire, Department of Planning and Community Development, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Sustainability Victoria, La Trobe University, Municipal Association of Victoria, Spatial Vision, Pty. Ltd, Danny O’Neill and Andrew Butt.
Peri-urban planning and bushfire risk management (2009)
This RMIT report to the Bushfires Royal Commission Building undertook analysis in the wake of the February 2009 bushfires. It has formed the basis of further research and a submission to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
This work combines spatial land use and development trends as well as climate data and planning policy regime analysis in Murrindindi for both fire-affected and other areas.
Climate change and peri-urban planning (2009)
This report was supervised by the Peri-urban Region Research group and carried out by AECOM Pty Ltd. The report examined risks and impacts from climate change in Melbourne’s peri-urban region.
Planning sustainable futures for Melbourne’s peri-urban region (2008)
This project involved the collection of demographic, environmental, agricultural and natural resource data in seven municipalities of Surf Coast, Moorabool, Macedon Ranges, Mitchell, Golden Plains, Murrundindi and Bass Coast. It also described and analysed the local, regional and state government structures affecting this peri-urban region.
Change and continuity in peri-urban Australia (2006 - 2008)
This joint project between RMIT and Griffith University’s School of the Environment was funded by Land and Water Australia. This project produced four monographs on peri-urban areas across Australia including a major review of the international literature.
Maintaining Melbourne’s green wedges (2001)
This 2002 report examined the history of Melbourne’s green wedge policy and all development applications in the green wedges between 1996-2002. It demonstrated that policy in place for over 30 years was being overturned through a series of uncoordinated incremental decisions.
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