Urban renewal and public participation in Sydney

unpacking social media strategies and use for contesting consensus

Wayne Williamson*, Kristian Ruming

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper explores how the politics of contestation and resistance attempted to influence a government initiated urban renewal project. The declaration of the site as state significant and the subsequent formal consultation activities are positioned as post-political efforts by planning and development agencies to limit antagonistic politics and secure consensus. However, conflict appeared through a community group who opposed the planning process and its intended outcomes. Central to this resistance was the use of a symposium, main-stream and social media, Twitter in particular. This paper provides a post-political analysis to provide insights into resistance strategies mobilised bycommunity groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-366
Number of pages17
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Issue number3
Early online date14 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • post-political
  • public participation
  • social media
  • urban renewal

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