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A good place to raise a family? Comparing parents, service-providers', and media perspectives of the inner and outer suburban areas of Melbourne

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posted on 01.01.2013, 00:00 authored by Fiona AndrewsFiona Andrews, Sarah Barter-Godfrey, Stephanie Rich, Ruth Mackenzie-Stewart, Julia Shelley
In Australia, the suburbs have historically been the favoured place to raise children. However this is being challenged both by social change and government policy encouraging innerurban renewal. We examined how inner-urban areas compare with more traditional suburban locations as places to raise a family. Recognising that there are many influences on perceptions of place, we included the opinions of parents, service-providers and the media in the two locations.

Research focused on two municipalities in Melbourne, one located >25km and the other <10km from the CBD. Themes were obtained and compared from in-depth interviews with parents, serviceproviders and analysis of municipality-specific and state-wide newspaper articles.

Service provision was the only theme common at all levels of analysis. For all other themes, differences occurred between perspectives of service-providers, media and parents, as well as between the two residential locations. These in-depth snapshots on the challenges and rewards of raising children in different urban locations can help inform government in planning healthy neighbourhoods that better serve the needs of contemporary Australian families.

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Event

State of Australian Cities Conference (2013 : Sydney, NSW)

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1 - 10

Publisher

State of Australian Cities Research Network

Location

Sydney, NSW

Place of publication

Sydney, NSW

Start date

26/11/2013

End date

29/11/2013

ISBN-10

1740440331

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2013, State of Australian Cities Research Network

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K Ruming, B Randolph, N Gurran

Title of proceedings

SOAC Conference Proceedings and Powerpoint Presentations

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