Sustainability and Regional Development

When Brownfields Become Playing Fields

Authored by: Kim Dowling , Singarayer K. Florentine , Rachael Martin , Dora C. Pearce

Sustainability in the Mineral and Energy Sectors

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498733021
eBook ISBN: 9781315369853
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Brownfields present a continuing and evolving problem for land use planners, developers, public health authorities and for the public. Legislative frameworks and fears over liability combined with an inconsistent and sometimes ad hoc approach across national and international borders are key contributors to poor outcomes. In a world hungry for more development, brownfields present an alluring opportunity to improve land value, improve environmental and human health outcomes and to limit the expansion of the anthropogenic footprint by reusing this ‘poor value’ land. The absence of a systematic approach to the understanding of brownfields contamination, their remediation and the associated risks will significantly impact on whole-of-population health outcomes in the next century.

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