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Does the Australian Grand Prix belong in a public park?

Macbeth, J., Jones, C. and Newsome, D. (2014) Does the Australian Grand Prix belong in a public park? The Conversation, 12 March 2014 .

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From Thursday through Sunday this week the Australian Grand Prix will take over Melbourne’s Albert Park, bringing with it the glamour of fast cars, grid girls and Formula One drivers Raikkonen, Alonso, Hamilton, Webber and … noise and vibration.

Which is strange, because public spaces such as national and urban parks, marine parks and coastal areas have traditionally been understood as an escape from the noise and pressure of urban life, used for appreciative recreation, tranquillity and conservation of the environment.

While authors on The Conversation have suggested a need for more people in parks, the research of my co-authors and I indicates a problem with the rising tide of events that see a concentration of users who are motorised, on mountain bikes or part of running events. Does the impact of these activities on our environment and community outweigh the benefits?

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
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