chapter  8
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Regions of cities: Metropolitan governance and planning in Australia

ByJOHN ABBOTT

Australia is a highly urbanized country, with 89 percent of the population living in urban centers of greater than 1,000 persons (UN Habitat 2009: 244). Aus tralia’s three largest metropolitan regions-Sydney, Melbourne, and Bris - bane (South East Queensland)—are not large by international standards (UN Habitat 2008: 238-47). However, because of their low residential densities, they cover large areas, include multiple centers, and are developing as regions of cities.