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From NIMBY to WIMBY... Possibilities for Housing Options and New Spatial Arrangements of Neighbourhoods to Assist Positive Ageing in Place

Cities and towns Urban planning Ageing Housing Demographics Australia
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Ageing population in Australia is exerting unprecedented changes in housing demand, location of housing and appropriate dwelling types. Availability of suitable, comfortable, affordable and accessible housing is important for older people, and will be a priority as the population in Australia ages. Current planning policy settings and reliance on market forces for housing provision is unlikely to deliver appropriate and affordable housing for all older Australians in the future, particularly for those with limited assets. The aim of the study is to understand demographic and housing pattern in South Australia and identify the housing options and supportive neighbourhood environments of aged population to assist positive ageing in place. The study established that in provision of housing for aged population there is need to consider neighbourhood environment, access to service and facilities, social inclusion and suitable and comfortable house.

The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research.
This paper was presented at SOAC 5held in Melbourne from 29 November – 2 December 2011.

SOAC 5 was hosted by the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Latrobe University as well as the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Grattan Institute, the Victorian State Government and the City of Melbourne.

Three plenary panels brought researchers from across the country to address ‘big issues’: place-based disadvantage, the design and form of Australian cities, and metropolitan governance. Over 175 papers, in 46 themed sessions, cover topics ranging from planning and governance for environmental sustainability, to housing affordability and adequacy in the context of an aging population. Healthy communities, better public transport, high quality open space, participatory planning, and issues affecting the peri-urban fringe are also strong sub-themes within this conference.

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