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Urban sprawl puts hobby farms in the firing line in Australia

Related GLP Member: Andrew Millington, Neville Crossman

A new spatial planning tool, based on maps of Adelaide and its surrounding areas, could be adapted and used in rapidly growing cities in Australia and overseas to improve urban planning and major infrastructure development, says Professor Andrew Millington, from Flinders University’s School of the Environment.

“We’ve used this GIS mapping technique to draw up a vulnerability map of the Adelaide region. It shows a number of highly fragmented peri-urban areas which could be targeted for land development as the city grows,” Professor Millington says.

“According to our metrics of State Government data, there are several areas with marginal economic value which are most susceptible to development, including hobby farms to the south and north of Adelaide.

“They could be the focus of development in order to preserve those valuable and often more economically viable food production farming areas in the future.”