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Marking SA’s About Time history month
Two events with a focus on Adelaide and whether we can find a balance between development and heritage conservation, and between urban density and community aspirations.
Has South Australia given up on heritage?
Wednesday 8 May, 6pm Bradley Forum, UniSA City West campus
What is the state of SA heritage today and what is its place in a 21st century sustainable city? Join a forum where these questions will be probed by an informed panel, including Minister Ian Hunter and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Vickie Chapman.
Chair: Professor Norman Etherington, President, National Trust of SA
Presented with the National Trust of SA.
Not in my backyard: Community responses to higher density living - is it all in the mind?
Wednesday 29 May, 6pm, Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA City West campus
Why is there such strong community resistance to proposals for higher density housing in Adelaide’s neighbourhoods? Expert social planner Dr Wendy Sarkissian argues that we need a “more sensitive and emotionally intelligent” approach to urban planning.
More information is available from the Hawke Centre, University of South Australia.
Update: The presentation by Wendy Sarkissan is now available online.
People should not be ashamed if someone accuses them of being a "NIMBY" (Not in My Backyard).
A few years ago a political party adopted the name "Not in My Backyard" for a New South Wales State election. Most people don't want an extra dwelling built in their backyard unless they want to pocket the money and then sell up. People have a right to stand up for their quality of life and the character of their neighbourhood. This is the very essence of democracy.
If anyone tells you that a NIMBY is a selfish person, remind them that NIMBIES do many good things
eg. go to war to defend their country, clean up waste in their local creek, run their Neighbourhood Watch group etc. The list goes on. "