Relearning Lessons

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


This chapter summarizes the barriers to new or boosted city building experienced from Federation (1901) until today. The chapter concludes that, as a nation, we have failed to learn a number of the key lessons of history. We seem to have forgotten the limits that nature imposes, particularly in reference to population carrying capacity. We have discounted the effect the tyranny of distance and other psychological hurdles that we would have to overcome if we were to expect Australians relocate en masse to new regional or remote areas. This is worrying, as Australia’s population is projected surge this century. Without establishing new or boosted cities, population growth will continue to be concentrated in our state capitals which in time will become megacities—and as such their livability will be diminished.


Australia New cities Boosted cities Population growth Megacities 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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