Planning in settler-colonial countries is always taking place on the lands of Indigenous peoples. While Indigenous rights, identity and cultural values are increasingly being discussed within planning, its mainstream accounts virtually ignore the colonial roots and legacies of the discipline’s assumptions, techniques and methods. This ground-breaking book exposes the imperial origins of the planning canon, profession and practice in the settler-colonial country of Australia.

By documenting the role of planning in the history of Australia’s relations with Indigenous peoples, the book maps the enduring effects of colonisation. It provides a new historical account of colonial planning practices and rewrites the urban planning histories of major Australian cities. Contemporary land rights, native title and cultural heritage frameworks are analysed in light of their critical importance to planning practice today, with detailed case illustrations. In reframing Australian planning from a postcolonial perspective, the book shatters orthodox accounts, revising the story that planning has told itself for over 100 years. New ways to think and practise planning in Indigenous Australia are advanced.

Planning in Indigenous Australia makes a major contribution towards the decolonisation of planning. It is essential reading for students and teachers in tertiary planning programmes, as well as those in geography, development studies, postcolonial studies, anthropology and environmental management. It is also vital reading for professional planners in the public, private and community sectors.

chapter |13 pages

Planning in Indigenous Australia

An Introduction

part I|37 pages

Planning and Indigenous Peoples

part II|99 pages

Imperial Foundations

chapter 3|17 pages

Dispossession and Terra Nullius

Planning’s Formative Terrain

chapter 5|19 pages

Planning Sydney

Australia’s First City

chapter 6|20 pages

Planning Melbourne

chapter 7|21 pages


A Planner’s Dream

part III|92 pages

Towards Postcolonial Futures

chapter 8|20 pages

Land Rights

A Postcolonial Revolution in Land Title

chapter 9|20 pages

Planning in the Native Title Era

chapter 10|19 pages

Heritage Management

chapter 11|22 pages

Indigenous Planning

Emerging Possibilities