NT Parks 10 year activation plan
The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory’s Activation Plan is a key strategic document that provides a 10 year plan for development and improvement of infrastructure on parks and reserves.
NT Parks masterplan 2023-53
This publication sets out the plan for the next 30 years to ensure the diversity and integrity of the Northern Territory’s natural and cultural heritage remains intact.
Thinking musically about garden design for a more immersive experience
This paper introduces the idea of ‘composing’ the soundscape of a space through a musical process. With a focus on aural experience in gardens, the project is establishing what types, combinations and intensities of sounds offer interest and distraction and capture unconscious and conscious attention.
Mapping Melbourne’s parklets: understanding the capacities of street spaces
A parklet is a small, barrier-protected space which temporarily transforms kerbside parking space for public use. This paper maps and analyses 594 parklets across metropolitan Melbourne, identified from aerial surveys and field observation, and examines a range of urban design factors across various scales that...
Report of the Inquiry into environmental infrastructure for growing populations
Historically, Melbourne and Victoria’s regional centres have provided residents with access to parks and open space that has been the envy of the world. This report examines many factors relevant to the current and future provision of environmental infrastructure in Melbourne and in Victoria's growing...
Through a local governance lens: divergent and convergent perspectives of effective urban greenspace provision
While municipal government is most often at the heart of local urban greenspace provision, delivery depends upon internal as well as external factors which can act as disruptors. Drawing upon two case studies, this paper examines which factors most affect urban greenspace in two fast...
Common goals, different approaches
As American communities face increasing levels of social and economic division, this report showcases how five U.S. cities are reimagining public spaces—parks, trails, plazas, libraries—to bring residents together and revive neglected neighborhoods.
Nature based solutions for urban liveability: critical policy brief
This briefing draws upon the expertise of RMIT’s urban greening, biodiversity and liveability research community to inform policy makers and the wider community on the critical opportunities nature-based solutions offer in enhancing liveability.
Greening the pipeline - Williams Landing
A design that showcases the potential of disused infrastructure in providing community open space with an integrated stormwater design. Greening the Pipeline is the transformation of a heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer reserve into a 27km linear park in Melbourne’s west. The project is delivered...
Urban parks and open space: underpinning a city's future resilience
As pressures of urban development and renewal impact the fabric of contemporary cities, parks and open space are increasingly under threat, which is compounded by the general lack of strategic open space planning at the state level. Simultaneously, as cities compete to attract global companies...
The South Bank rain bank case study: Urban stormwater irrigating Brisbane’s iconic parkland
Illustrated case study reporting on South Bank Rain Bank. The case study gives the status of the development, the drivers, the new technology used, the costs, the outcomes and the lessons learned.
Healing the harbour foreshore
Barangaroo Reserve, part of the redevelopment of the former container wharves at East Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW, is a major project in an iconic location. Originally proposed to be a hard-edged landscape which retained evidence of the site’s industrial past, dramatic changes in the NSW...
Shifting discourses in landscape
Urban parks are valued by residents and tourists alike as they are a pleasant juxtaposition from the intensity of the surrounding city. But parks haven’t necessarily been considered in the same economic or political terms as other parts of the city. In recent years, the...
Urban parks, urban icons?
This paper explores the question of how urban parks function as urban icons. It examines Bicentennial Park in Homebush Bay, 12 km west of the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) as a case study. Bicentennial Park was planned and designed between 1983 and 1988, a...
Cherished sites of remembrance: soldiers’ memorial gardens
During and after World War 1 communities around Australia constructed memorials of various types to remember their deceased, missing and returned soldiers. The memorials ranged from physical monuments like statues and buildings to arboreal sites including trees planted in avenues of honour. In South Australia...
Where should we put the memory?
For nearly 200 years Australia’s urban public parks and gardens have been used for the public display of memory. This is manifested most frequently in three iconographic customs: special landscaping, naming, and the placement of commemorative and historical artefacts. From the statue of New South...
Urbanising nature: a political ecology case study of Sydney Park
Drawing on evidence in planning documents and design reports, this paper documents the various ways in which formations and recreations of ‘nature’ were articulated, modified and inscribed into and onto Sydney Park between 1979 and 2010 to direct specific social, ecological and economic outcomes
Cooling cities with green space: a policy analysis framework
This paper provides an overview of the urban heat island effect, and urban greenery’s role in its mitigation.
Public greenspaces and crime: an analysis of crime timing and public greenspace amenities
Public greenspace is a common feature in urban environments that can provide and promote social and physical well-being, yet they can also encourage deviant or criminal behaviour. This study empirically constructs a typology of greenspace types from spatially integrated local council assets registers, crime incident...
Representation of multiculturalism in urban green spaces
Rapid population influx due to migration in Australia has produced diverse cultural landscapes, which become visible in cities as physical forms, settings and symbols produced by different ethnic communities. Scholars have argued that people moving away from the country of their birth, whether this be...
Rethinking accessibility in planning of urban open space. Using an integrative theoretical framework
While accessibility has now evolved into a multidimensional construct, current open space planning models still use physical proximity to an open space area as proxy variable to evaluate ‘accessibility’. This paper, therefore, proposes an integrative theoretical framework to better illustrate the relationships between open space...
Perth’s regional parks – providing for biodiversity conservation and public recreation through a multi-agency approach
This paper examines the evolution of the eleven regional parks in metropolitan Perth from concept to reality and explores some of the difficulties and benefits of managing parks in an environment where multiple tenure (including private landowners), community engagement and multiple agency involvement across different...
Cultural funding by government, Australia, 2004-05
More than $5 billion was spent by the public sector in Australia on cultural activities in 2004-05, according to this ABS report. Governments in Australia gave the largest proportion of their total cultural funding to broadcasting and film ($1.2 billion) in 2004-05, followed by nature...
Park-city edge effect: Mapping the social and environmental ecotones of three Sydney parklands
This paper will use a metaphor based on the ecological definition of the “ecotone” to examine the transition zones that occur around the edges of three of Sydney’s major parklands – Centennial Parklands (CP), the Sydney Olympic Parklands (SOP) and the Western Sydney Parklands (WSP).
Environmental city rapporteur report
The Environmental City stream of the 2005 State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conference explored and discussed a range of topics – many of which of course overlapped and also related to the other streams at this conference. The main headings were: climate change; critiques...