Public Lands, process and public policy: The links between government asset disposal programs and planning for redeveloping urban areas - Is something missing?

Griffith University
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Conference Proceeding
State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, 2006, pp. 1 - 17
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As State and Commonwealth government agencies are increasingly forced to treat parcels of public land as financial assets to be realized, our urban landscapes are losing significant public sites and infrastructure. Many sites are lost from public ownership without assessment of the significant nonfinancial values they may contain, such as their ecological, cultural, social, economic or potential value to the public. Disposal currently occurs in various ways sometimes on the open market, but often through private negotiations prior to announcements of redundancy, sale and redevelopment. In many cases the public remains uninformed and uninvolved in both the disposal process and in the development of future options for the site. As a result the significant public values of such sites either remain unknown or are lost regardless as agencies rush to secure the deal.
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