Transformation of Australia's urban systems in the 21st century is possible. There are solutions for a sustainable future. But the window of opportunity for transitioning without significant social and economic dislocation is closing. There is an urgency to this whole process, writes Peter Newton.
This article is drawn from 'Transitions: pathways towards sustainable urban development in Australia', published by Springer and CSIRO in June 2008 (www.publish.csiro.au/nid/21/pid/5854.htm). See http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/38983 for more information. An edited version also appeared in 'The Age' Thursday 08 May 2008 (page 21) as an invited contribution to a special feature on Beyond 2030. Blueprint for Melbourne: Vision Versus Reality, 05-09 May 2008. See http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/58812 for more information.