Ships, planes and automobiles – the perils and pluses of place - making in an outer Melbourne suburb

Johnson, Louise, Andrews, Fiona and Warner, Elyse 2015, Ships, planes and automobiles – the perils and pluses of place - making in an outer Melbourne suburb, in SOAC 2015 : Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities Conference 2015, [The Conference], [Gold Coast, Queensland], pp. 1-10.

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Title Ships, planes and automobiles – the perils and pluses of place - making in an outer Melbourne suburb
Author(s) Johnson, LouiseORCID iD for Johnson, Louise orcid.org/0000-0002-0934-3339
Andrews, FionaORCID iD for Andrews, Fiona orcid.org/0000-0001-5082-1702
Warner, ElyseORCID iD for Warner, Elyse orcid.org/0000-0002-1759-2183
Conference name State of Australian Cities. Conference (2015 : Gold Coast, Queensland)
Conference location Gold Coast, Queensland
Conference dates 9-11 Dec. 2015
Title of proceedings SOAC 2015 : Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities Conference 2015
Editor(s) Barton, P.
Shearer, H.
Publication date 2015
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Gold Coast, Queensland]
Summary Building a new suburb is increasingly seen as creating a “place” as well as a set of houses and neighbourhoods. Developers view “place-making” as a way to differentiate one estate from another and to capture a market segment; planners see the practice as the basis of good master planning. Local governments too support the concept to give residents a sense of pride and identity. While usually seen as a contemporary exercise, imprinted on the blank slate of greenfield sites, the experience of at least one outer suburb suggests that place-making is as much historical as contemporary and may be both a welcome element of a community and a focus of disaffection. The example of Point Cook in Melbourne’s west offers a range of iconic “places” – historical and contemporary markers of identity and difference – which have formed both the basis of local pride but also tension. Thus the RAAF base, Point Cook Homestead and Werribee Mansion long pre-dated the expansion of the city but they have been embraced as centres of pride, historical achievement and as tourist attractions. In contrast, a massive pirate-ship playground built in the centre of a park by a developer as a marker of difference and centre of community attraction was widely appreciated before being burned to the ground! This paper will report on a sample of resident experiences of place-making in outer suburban Melbourne which highlights some of the local complexities of place-making.
ISBN 9781925455038
Language eng
Field of Research 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
160403 Social and Cultural Geography
160301 Family and Household Studies
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2015, The Conference
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082912

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