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Conference Paper

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place - australasia, mode - car, mode - mass transit


Melbourne, urban fringe, demographics


The growth areas on Melbourne‘s urban fringe are expected to accommodate almost half of the city‘s 600,000 new households over the next 20 years. The growth areas often appear in the literature on transport disadvantage as areas of mortgage stress and social disadvantage, where high levels of car use and ownership are ―forced‖ by long distances and poor access to public transport.
This paper finds that residents of the new housing estates in Melbourne‘s growth areas do not fit this description. Households on residential estates in four urban-fringe local government areas are profiled using data from the real-estate company Oliver Hume, and their characteristics compared to growth-area households overall. The paper then examines the car ownership and journey to work of households on these new estates, and asks whether proximity to public transport is a factor in their choice of location.