The naturalisation of altered creeks, and the reconfiguration of their surrounds, is an emerging issue in Sydney’s water management. This is evidenced by the rising number of plans for naturalisation initiatives. With particular reference to Johnstons Creek Stormwater Channel in inner-western Sydney, this paper examines community and managing bodies’ changing perception and values of urban waterways. In addition, it explores the way in which these perceptions and values intertwine with the politics of urban water management and influence the outcomes of the naturalisation process. This research, undertaken using community surveys, observations and key informant interviews, indicates that there is an emerging preference for the naturalisation of altered waterways by the surrounding community. However conflict between human centred and decentred values is also evident. Ecological objectives remain secondary to the dominant political boundaries put in place. Therefore attempting to reinstate natural elements to the urban landscape is still strongly defined by human centred values and objectives, reflecting a continuation of conflict in society-nature relations. These findings add to the increasing body of literature on water sensitive urban design (WSUD) as well as providing insight into the liveability of cities.
|Title of host publication||SOAC 2013|
|Subtitle of host publication||State of Australian Cities National Conference : Conference Proceedings and Powerpoint Presentations|
|Place of Publication||Sydney|
|Publisher||Australian Cities Research Network|
|Number of pages||12|
|ISBN (Electronic)||1 74044 033 1|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||State of Australian Cities Conference (6th : 2013) - Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 26 Nov 2013 → 29 Nov 2013
|Conference||State of Australian Cities Conference (6th : 2013)|
|Period||26/11/13 → 29/11/13|
Soars, J., & Miller, F. (2013). Changing water values on urban waterway naturalization: findings from a Sydney case study. In SOAC 2013: State of Australian Cities National Conference : Conference Proceedings and Powerpoint Presentations (pp. 1-12). Sydney: Australian Cities Research Network.