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The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. This third conference was jointly hosted in Perth by the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University.

Conference papers published from SOAC 4 were produced through a process of integrated peer review.

Papers from all past and subsequent SOAC conferences can be found at the State of Australian Cities Conferences Collection on APO.

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Sustainable energy solutions – the social aspects of planning with the community

To plan the future energy security of Western Australia, the energy utility Western Power embraced the principle of community engagement to inform corporate strategies towards green energy visions. This paper explores the quality of citizen involvement.
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Local economic bodies and the location decisions of firms

This paper explores a hypothesis for the location of firms in a particular industrial cluster and posits that the influence of local economic development strategies have their limitations.
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Public transport and land use integration in Melbourne and Hamburg: can comparative network performance provide a sense of future direction?

This paper presents the application of a detailed GIS-based spacial analysis tool to determine how the public transport networks in Melbourne and Hamburg are configured, how responsive they are to the geographical distribution and concentration of residents and jobs across the urban structure, and how...
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Connecting with the everyday lives of people in places: reflecting on contemporary social and community planning

The importance of place and place-making has long been advocated by urban planners, geographers and philosophers. In reflecting on contemporary social and community planning, this paper will look to luminaries for inspiration for how we as researchers, practitioners, educators and students might work alongside communities...
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Linking residential densities, dwelling typologies and possible provisions for localised energy infrastructure in retrofitting urban forms

This paper presents how existing low, medium and high density residential developments with respective dwelling typologies could be retrofitted effectively with renewable energy infrastructure provisions.