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In the 1960–70s, there was a proposal to expand the administrative border of Canberra into the neighbouring state New South Wales to accommodate long-term population growth and urban development. However, this attempt failed ultimately. This study investigates this ‘remaking’ of the border, and revisits the same issue in the planning and development context of the twenty-first century ... It finds that the border expansion proposal was driven by a political advocacy out of a modernist technocratic planning vision for a linear city, and was based on an over-optimistic and mechanical population projection. However, as a highly political initiative, its failure was doomed by political strains and changes, and local community’s concerns. Knowing this history contributes to tackling a similar issue in today’s paradox of a planning paradigm for compactness and sustainability and an emerging development expansion onto the border.

Canberra's Y-Plan
ACT strategic plans
Ginninderry development

The Y Plan for Canberra

ACT planning strategy, 2012 and 2018

Master plan of Ginninderry cross-border development

Richard Hu (2021) Connecting Shanghai and Sydney: Mobility of People, in Gregory McCarthy, Youzhong Sun, and Xianlin Song, eds. Transcultural Connections: Australia and China, Springer, 53–68.

In this chapter, I address the book’s concern on China-Australia connectedness from an urban perspective, through unravelling the connections between Shanghai and Sydney, the gateway global cities of the two countries. I approach the Shanghai-Sydney connections in multiple economic and social dimensions. First, I trace the rise of the two cities in the global city system in the twenty-first century, reflecting not only the growing economic influences of the two cities but also the increasing economic interaction between their home countries. Second, I utilise air passenger data to reveal the people movement between the two cities, which interacts with and complements their economic connections. Third, I compare the global competitiveness of the two cities, comprehensively, to reveal how the two cities converge and diverge in terms of competitive strength and weakness. Fourth, I examine the recent Chinese and Shanghainese migrants to Sydney to further delve into the people connection between the two cities. These intercity connections, overall, have shown a trend of increasing volume and intensity. The broad contexts—an accelerated globalisation and an increasingly engaged China-Australia relationship—that have enabled this trend, however, are at a crossroads, posing uncertainty and challenge for the future, especially in a COVID-19 world of disconnections.

Shanghai and Sydney in the global city sytem

Shanghai and Sydney in the global city connectivity system, 2000–2020