Community Acceptance, Wellbeing, and Resilience


  • Free

    There is no cost to attend this event

Event date: 13Nov 2015

Friday 13 Nov 2015

University of Melbourne, School of Population and Global Health

  • 10:30am - 12:15pm

Lecture Theatre 2 (B120), Basement, 207 Bouverie St, Carlton VIC

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What do residents in selected parts of Melbourne think about urban growth and intensification in their suburbs?

How can we plan and implement policies around urban consolidation and intensification while enhancing community wellbeing?

The CSIRO has conducted a survey of about 1100 residents from six contrasting local government areas (LGAs) in Melbourne to understand how communities are responding to urban intensification and consolidation.

You are invited to attend a special seminar to learn about our results, and participate in a discussion of these results and their potential interpretations and implications. Those attending will receive a copy of CSIRO's research paper on the topic.


The urban residents’ views and perceived impacts of different types of intensification in Melbourne will critically shape the nature of what will be accepted and eventually implemented in local suburbs.  However, little is known about general attitudes toward urban growth across metropolitan regions.  This seminar reports on data from a recent CSIRO Survey of Community Wellbeing and Responding to Change conducted in six Local Government Areas (LGAs) in inner, middle, outer, and urban fringe areas of Melbourne.  It examines levels of community acceptance of urban growth in these LGAs, including some alternative explanations, which help explain some of the variation in community acceptance of developments related to urban growth.  Most important for predicting community acceptance of urban growth were perceptions of a community’s resilience (adaptation) and the associated processes around planning and navigating urban change; and whether changes to suburbs were perceived as varied, mixed and interesting.   These alternative explanations provide a point of focus for stakeholders aiming to implement policies around urban consolidation and intensification while maintaining or enhancing community wellbeing. Potential implications of results to policy and further research are identified.

Hosted by the McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing

Science areas: General Science and Environment

Event type: Conference or seminar