Conference format and themes
The conference consisted of:
- keynote presentations
- plenary sessions
- academic and practitioner led presentations
- roundtable discussions.
Three overarching themes guided each session.
Securing Food, Water and the Environment in Peri-urban regions
Discussing the changing nature of land use and challenges to food and water security.
Agricultural production, wine production, greenbelts, land use planning, peri-urban landscapes (multi-functional, amenity, agricultural), urban forests, water supply and demand, peak oil, climate change, biodiversity, bushfires.
Providing for Community Change in Peri-urban regions
Discussing population change and community formation
Population movement, sustainable urban development, healthy communities, transport, commuting and dispersed work patterns, lifestylers and retirees sustainable infrastructure and development economics
Peri-Urban Policy and Governance in Peri-urban regions
Discussing policy responses and governance arrangements
Cross sectoral decision-making, growth management, service provision (education, health, welfare)