Barriers to New Northern Cities

  • Julian BolleterEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


This chapter evaluates the potential barriers that could derail the delivery of the new or boosted city proposals for northern Australia, discussed in the previous chapter. These barriers are, to varying degrees, environmental, economic, societal, and governance-related and include carrying capacity issues, the cost of enabling infrastructure, and the question of how to stimulate growth in a new city. Many of these barriers will be familiar to readers who are acquainted with failed attempts at decentralization from the twentieth century. However, in some cases, these barriers have transmuted into different forms, with both changing technology and climate. Regardless, an analysis of these barriers reveals some formidable obstacles to new or boosted city developments in the north, of which proponents should be aware.


New cities Boosted cities Towns Carrying capacity Wet-bulb temperature City livability Climate change Governance Northern Australia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Urban Design Research CentreUniversity of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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