First Australian Town Planning Conference - 1917
The first Australian Town Panning Conference was held in Adelaide in October 1917. Delegates came from across the country, and internationally, and included professionals in the new field of town planning, politicians from all levels of government, representatives from public works department and individuals with a vested interest in improving their own patch of Australia.
Although this was the first formally convened conference on the subject, the papers presented show evidence that a keen enthusiasm for town planning was alive and well within municipal councils across the country.
This first conference has been described as "...an explosion of excitement and a cross-fertilization of ideas, and it has become a cornerstone of Australian comprehensive town planning thought." (Hutchings, 2007, p.4).
The Town Planning papers accessible below are a sample of the conference papers presented to the first Australian Town Planning Conference by the Melbourne City Council delegates. The scope of the papers include the future of town planning, recommendations for the introduction of town planning and building regulations, roads and other transport infrastructure, parks, harbor development, the impact of housing design on health and mortality, and the organisational structure of new planning bodies.