The Effects of New Living on Indigenous Wellbeing: a Case Study on Urban Renewal

TitleThe Effects of New Living on Indigenous Wellbeing: a Case Study on Urban Renewal
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsWalker R, Ballard J, Taylor C, Hillier J
ISBN Number1 920758 76 3
Keywords38.14 - Taxonomy: Urban sectors - rural urban sett, Dispersed Residence in Rural Centres Dispersed Set, Generated, Linking of housing and other (non-housing/shelter), Major Cities of Australia Outer Regional Australia, W - PilbaraX - Western AustraliaV - Western Desert

The focus of this research is the New Living program which is a Western Australian Government urban renewal initiative that aims to change the face of public WA through refurbishment of old housing stock, beautification of street scapes and other public spaces and community development to involve community participation. (Walker et al 2003:i.) The aims of the project are: To review current processes of governance, consultation, participation and implementation strategies related to the relocation of Indigenous people, choice of new locations and thei impacts on individual and collective wellbeing.... To develop a framework of principles relating to Indigenous community wellbeing to deepen understanding of the impacts of urban renewal programs on Indigenous households... To consider different approaches and models/options to urban renewal.. (Walker et al 2003:1.) The sections of the paper cover the following: 1. historical background and theoretical assumptions underpinning urban renewal theories. 2. contemporary policy 3. urban renewal in Australia and WAs New Living pogram 4. Links between housing and wellbeing and indicators suitable to analysing the impacts of urban renewal on Indigenous well being. 5. methodology. The report considers social wellbeing, cultural wellbeing, physical wellbeing, community involvement and wellbeing, economic wellbeing, and societal/political wellbeing.Positioning Paper, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Western Australian Research Centre, August.