What are peri-urban areas?

What are peri-urban areas?

Peri-urban areas are largely defined as the areas that surround our metropolitan areas and cities - neither urban nor rural in the conventional sense. They are the fastest growing regions in many countries. In Australia, they frequently extend 100 kilometres beyond the suburban edge and it is estimated that over a quarter of million Victorians live in peri-urban areas.

In transition 

Peri-urban areas are often contested spaces, largely regarded as being in transition. They are areas with a wide range of uses, such as water catchments, forestry, mineral and stone extraction, tourism and recreation, and productive farming, as well as offering a unique ambiance and lifestyle.

However, they are often areas most vulnerable to bushfire and loss of biodiversity and vegetation. Their rapid growth leads to burgeoning demands on health, transport and education services.