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Contesting ‘sustainability’ in infrastructure planning : The debate of the public interest in Brisbane’s Boggo Road Busway development

By Kuniko Shibata and Paul S. Sanders


Sustainable infrastructure demands that declared principles of sustainability are enacted in the processes of its implementation. However, a problem arises if the concept of sustainability is not thoroughly scrutinised in the planning process. The public interest could be undermined when the rhetoric of sustainability is used to substantiate a proposed plan. This chapter analyses the manifestation of sustainable development in the Boggo Road Busway Plan in Brisbane, Australia against the sustainability agenda set in the South East Queensland Regional and Transport Plans. Although the construction of the Busway was intended to improve public transport access in the region, its implementation drew significant environmental concerns. Local community groups contested the ‘sustainability’ concept deployed in Queensland’s infrastructure planning. Their challenges resulted in important concessions in the delivery of the Busway plan. This case demonstrates that principles of sustainable infrastructure should be measurable and that local communities be better informed in order to fulfil the public interest in regional planning

Topics: 120500 URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING, 120508 Urban Design, Sustainability, Public transport, Public interest, Tansit orientated developments, Busways, Air Quality, Transport planning
Publisher: Information Science Reference (IGI Global)
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.4018/978-1-61520-775-6.ch015
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:32974
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