Urban fringe agriculture and its potential contribution to sustainable cities: a case study of Western Sydney

Lonard, Craig Stephen (2012) Urban fringe agriculture and its potential contribution to sustainable cities: a case study of Western Sydney. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

To reach the ultimate goal of sustainable cities in Australia, we need to explore all aspects of how urban landscapes function, what is required to sustain these landscapes into the future, what resources are needed to sustain cities and what wastes are created. The role of urban agriculture can be seen as pivotal to reaching these sustainable goals. This research paper examines how urban fringe agriculture can contribute to a sustainable city, environmentally, economically and socially. The research investigated how other countries are utilising urban planning to include agriculture into their cities. It explored the opportunities and constraints of urban agriculture that exist in urban and regional planning of our capital cities.

The missing link in the literature on urban agriculture is the application in urban and regional planning of tools that assist urban agriculture. The research findings show that for urban agriculture to reach its full sustainable potential it needs to be recognized in urban planning. The research project implemented a regional planning model that involved the creation of small city farms positioned to take advantage of the proximity to employment, consumers and recycled water. The model acknowledges the important role local food can play in building communities, removing discrimination and providing food security for the poor and disadvantaged of Australian cities while providing more food options for urban residents.

As part of the research, the proposed model was applied to Western Sydney’s growth centre precinct of Austral to highlight how the proposed model would not adversely affect the critical supply of housing. The success of the model is measured by the calculation of area of agricultural land which is retained for urban agriculture into the future.

This practical implementation of the proposed planning model can be an example of how agriculture can be integrated into any new urban growth area across Australia. The practical creation of urban agriculture on the fringes of our cities can be seen as a large step forward to reaching the sustainable goals set by the city planning guidelines.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Supervisors: Basson, Marita
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 23:34
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2013 23:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban fringe agriculture; sustainable city; urban agriculture
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120508 Urban Design
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120501 Community Planning
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23097

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