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Abstract: Lochiel Park is located, approximately 8 kilometres north east of the Adelaide CBD. The site comprises 15 hectares of land and is located adjacent to the picturesque River Torrens linear park. Owned by the government the site became surplus to requirements. In 2002 the Premier Mike Rann stated: “I want South Australia to become a world leader in a new green approach to the way we all live. The Lochiel Park Development will become the nation’s model ‘Green Village’ incorporating Ecological Sustainable Development (ESD) technologies:” The Land Management Corporation (LMC), was tasked with the responsibility of delivering the project. LMC has prepared a Master Plan and a Sustainability Framework report to guide the development of the site which sets various targets to be achieved across the areas of water, energy, waste, built form, transport and community. Some of the initiatives being implemented to achieve these targets include a triple source of water for each dwelling (potable, recycle urban stormwater and rainwater tanks), a comprehensive Urban Design Guideline document requiring, amongst other things, a minimum 7.5 star design using AccuRate, photovoltaic panel generating 1Kw per 100m2 of floor area and electricity demand limiting devices. Ongoing monitoring, demonstration and transferability are just three of the key outcomes of the project. The presentation will outline to delegates the features of the master plan and sustainability initiatives being adopted for the 109 dwellings to be created.

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 3 held in Adelaide from 28 to 30 November 2007.

SOAC 3 was jointly hosted by the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

Themes and Key Persons

SOAC 3 focused on the contemporary form and structure of Australian cities.
The conference proceedings were grouped into six key sub-themes, each the focus of one of more conference sessions:

City Economy - economic change and labour market outcomes of globalisation, land use pressures, changing employment locations.

Social City – including population, migration, immigration, polarisation, equity and disadvantage, housing issues, recreation.

City Environment - sustainable development, management and performance, natural resource management, limits to growth, impacts of air, water, climate, energy consumption, natural resource uses, conservation, green space.

City Structures – the emerging morphology of the city – inner suburbs, middle suburbs, the CBD, outer suburbs and the urban-rural fringe, the city region.

City Governance – including taxation, provision of urban services, public policy formation, planning, urban government, citizenship and the democratic process.

City Infrastructure – transport, mobility, accessibility, communications and IT, and other urban infrastructure provision.

Paper Review Process

Conference papers published from SOAC 3 were produced through a process of integrated peer review.

There were originally 147 abstracts proposed, 143 were invited to submit papers and 107 papers were finally published.

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