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Creation of an Australian knowledge town: a case study of Sippy Downs

Creation of an Australian knowledge town: a case study of Sippy Downs
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Author(s): Phillip Daffara (Futuresense, Australia)
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 19
Source title: Knowledge-Based Urban Development: Planning and Applications in the Information Era
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Tan Yigitcanlar (Queensland University of Technology, Australia), Koray Velibeyoglu (Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey) and Scott Baum (Griffith University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-720-1.ch015


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This chapter presents an Australian case study of the planning and implementation of a new university town (Circa, 1994). It aims to evaluate the effectiveness of normative urban/regional planning practice applied locally to create a regional knowledge hub. The evaluation process surveys key stakeholders’ perceptions about the town’s development using traditional methods (e.g.: SWOT) and alternative methods from the Futures Studies field (Causal Layered Analysis). The case study shows that a regional governance framework with collaborative partnerships focused on place management and infrastructure delivery is needed to realise Sippy Downs’ vision as a knowledge hub. It also demonstrates that a holistic policy framework for the town’s development is also needed to leverage the drivers of successful knowledge-based urban development.

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