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Abstract: This paper is a conversation about the opportunity provided to us to makeover our suburban environments and incrementally improve their resilience to climate change. It is a paper about a single place, Leopold, on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, and the lessons learnt from projects that have allowed us to rethink our response to community infrastructure, social sustainability, and the centrality of walking to community life. It argues that attention be afforded to the suburbs and the latent potential these places offer for renewal and regeneration. It argues against abandoning these places in the rush to extend urban boundaries without first making a studious attempt to provide environments which are thoughtful and have the potential to deliver increasingly sustainable communities against the backdrop of a rapidly changing environment.

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