Liveability and an urban creek: perspectives and dreams of residents who are not yet

Phillip Birtles, Alan Hoban, Carl Tippler, Ben Shoo, Peter Davies, Ian Wright

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    Over the next 20 years the population of Western Sydney is expected to increase by 900,000. Added to this residential expansion will be a focus on economic activity and employment within the Western Sydney employment lands. This area includes key centres such as the future second airport at Badgerys Creek. Much of the forecast growth will occur within the South Creek catchment, the longest freshwater creek in Sydney. The transformation of the 630km2 catchment from predominantly peri-urban, pasture and market gardens to an urbanscape will radically change the form and ecology of South Creek. Existing creek management objectives and development policies focus on nutrient pollution discharge to the downstream Hawkesbury estuary and do not reflect contemporary knowledge of ecological waterway outcomes. In this paper we conceptualise and document waterway outcomes for South Creek and its tributaries to inform future water servicing and urban form. We document the current ecological and social status of this waterway and present outcomes to maximise liveability for a community yet to arrive. This is achieved by identifying linkages between waterway health concepts, human wellbeing and the potential aspirations and dreams of a future urban community.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication9th international water sensitive urban design (WSUD 2015)
    Place of PublicationBarton, ACT
    PublisherEngineers Australia
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)9781922107671
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventInternational conference on water sensitive urban design (9th : 2015) - Sydney, NSW
    Duration: 19 Oct 201523 Oct 2015


    ConferenceInternational conference on water sensitive urban design (9th : 2015)
    CitySydney, NSW


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