South-East Queensland is Australia’s fastest growing urban area, with the population expected to double in the next 20 years. Growth has caused water and housing shortages and traffic congestion, leading to one of the world’s most challenging urban management situations.
In A Climate for Growth, Brendan Gleeson and Wendy Steele bring together expert contributors to address key topics in the growth debate. Peter Spearritt describes the ‘200-kilometre city’ in South-East Queensland, while Ian Lowe gives a timely reminder of serious resource shortages and environmental issues in the region. Other contributors consider urban design in a subtropical climate, the haphazard evolution of the region’s transport system, and the impact of local voices on planning in their own communities.
The growth dilemmas now facing Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts, and surrounding areas will ultimately affect all of metropolitan Australia. Should we build more infrastructure that eases water and transport deficits but hastens climate change? How do we address rising community unease about population growth? How can we draw up plans for a constantly changing landscape? A Climate for Growth offers critical insights for the future of city living.