Changing water values on urban waterway naturalization: findings from a Sydney case study

Jacqueline Soars, Fiona Miller

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSOAC 2013
    Subtitle of host publicationState of Australian Cities National Conference : Conference Proceedings and Powerpoint Presentations
    Place of PublicationSydney
    PublisherAustralian Cities Research Network
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)1 74044 033 1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventState of Australian Cities Conference (6th : 2013) - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 26 Nov 201329 Nov 2013


    ConferenceState of Australian Cities Conference (6th : 2013)


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