Barbara Norman, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Canberra, has called for integrated planning in Canberra and the surrounding region to:
- Invest in rapid transit to improve connections between urban and regional centres, and shift freight and passengers from road to rail;
- Support urban development that builds on the current settlement pattern and maintains the green spaces in between for agriculture, biodiversity and to make it easier to adapt to climate change;
- Implement a regional capital works program that underpins a “green” resilient future; and
- Develop a transformative education and research program to support a sustainable regional future.
Speaking at the ANU on 1 August 2011, Professor Norman also spoke about what the Federal Government is doing on urban policy, and about some exciting regional initiatives such as the Geelong region plan.
She mentioned that in Canberra itself, there’ll be opportunities to test models for sustainable urban development through projects such as the proposed Inner North Canberra Transformative Project.
Her talk was one in a series presented by CURF, the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) a joint initiative of the University of Canberra Urban and Regional Planning Discipline, and the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute. You can find a copy of her presentation and previous CURF seminar presentations here.
Just last week (25th August), CURF also ran a Half-day forum on climate change adaptation and sustainable regional development. We look forward to writing more about some of the outcomes from this great initiative!