It's probably a political winner, but it's not obvious the Victorian Opposition's new regional sprawl policy is preferable to suburban sprawl or redevelopment of established metro suburbs
There's a strong push to divert more metropolitan growth to regional cities, but the case hasn't been made that capital cities are "too big" or that it's the best strategy
Decentralisation is a perennial political favourite because intuitively it seems sensible; but current proposals look a lot more like regional sprawl than regional development
Regional development and decentralisation are rhetorical favourites of Australian politicians but they're really promoting regional sprawl over suburban sprawl
Siphoning metropolitan growth off to regional centres is proposed as an answer to urban sprawl. But is it a case of shifting the problem elsewhere at higher cost?
Bernard Salt had a fascinating but ultimately somewhat flawed article in The Australian last Saturday, Welcome to the Metropolis, which looks “at how Melbourne is narrowing the gap with Sydney in the contest to become the nation’s top city”. It’s gated, but well worth reading – I recommend doing what I did and taking out […]
The National Broadband Network will not drive decentralisation - it will not divert growth from Sydney and Melbourne to regional centres on a significant scale
The mining boom, retirees and the NBN are not likely to drive decentralisation of population from Sydney and Melbourne to regional areas. The Federal Minister for Sustainable Population is really promoting regional development, not decentralisation