SURF, TURF and CURF: A Sustainable Regional Future

"Professor Barbara Norman of the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) Program gives this talk at The Australian National University on 1 August 2011. A new national urban policy, climate change, regional development and sustainable population statements dominated the 2011 federal budget. All will have an impact on the future shape and design of our cities and regions. On the ground, managing urban growth in the context of sustainability and climate change is also requiring more innovative responses that transcend traditional boundaries. This talk explores how these national policies intersect and to what extent they facilitate regional and local action for more sustainable solutions. A particular focus is on innovative regional responses in managing urban growth including planning for climate change. The talk then discusses what the implications are for the Canberra region from Kosciusko to the coast and the key planning challenges in implementing a low carbon and resilient urban future. To conclude there is a discussion of CURF, a collaborative response by the University of Canberra and ANU for a more sustainable regional future."