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Social infrastructure planning and sustainable communities : Example from South East Queensland, Australia

Teriman, Suharto & Yigitcanlar, Tan (2011) Social infrastructure planning and sustainable communities : Example from South East Queensland, Australia. World Journal of Social Sciences, 1(4), pp. 23-32.

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Abstract

From its early birth through to the twenty-first century, the planning for social infrastructure has been viewed as a crucial element in promoting the development of healthy communities. The existence of good social infrastructure in every level of human settlement (i.e. neighbourhoods, districts, regions etc.) is vital because it is considered to be an element that impacts positively and meaningfully on the quality of life for members of the targeted community. The increasing importance of the sustainable development agenda in human settlements has prompted concerns over the cost of the government’s failure to provide for adequate social infrastructure for their communities. Part of this failure is attributed to the inconsistent outcome from the use of traditional planning standards that are based on population-to-facility ratios. This paper explores the literature discussion on social infrastructure for sustainable communities. It examines how a participation-oriented, need-sensitive approach in the planning and provision of social infrastructure is used as an alternative to the traditional standards that are based on population-to-facility ratios. It does this by giving an overview of its application in the planning and provision of social infrastructure for Australia’s fastest growing region of South-East Queensland.

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ID Code: 49112
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Social Infrastructure, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Development
ISSN: 1839-1184 (online) 0148-611X (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 World Business Institute
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2012 08:48
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2012 08:48

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