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By Cameron Jewell 17 July 2014 — The Property Council of Australia has been quietly working with professional services firm KPMG on an alternative funding model for urban infrastructure that has the potential to align economic, social and environmental outcomes for cities. Read More  
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1 July 2014 — A new report by real estate consultancy Knight Frank has highlighted the benefits of transport corridors and mass transit systems to property values. Transport Infrastructure And Residential Hotspots, which looks at the Asia Pacific region, found that as new transport infrastructure was developed, new residential hotspots were created and property prices generally went up. Read More  
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24 June 2014 — Want to pick the next property hotspot? According to Terry Ryder, a director of property market specialist Hotspotting, looking for areas with good public transport, renewable energy and general sustainability infrastructure is not a bad place to start. For example new rail projects at Brisbane’s Redcliffe Peninsula and the City of Onkaparinga on Adelaide’s outskirts have driven stronger prices, Ryder says. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 17 June 2014 — An innovative project to lighten roads and battle the urban heat island effect has begun in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale, with a light concrete mix being spread over streets on Friday. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 10 June 2014 — With climate change all but locked in, governments must now turn to adaptation as well as mitigation measures to ensure the safety and liveability of cities. Just last week, the US federal government announced it would give $1 billion to New York and New Jersey to spend on resilience projects following Hurricane Sandy. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 14 May 2014 — The City of Sydney is planning to convert non-recyclable household waste into gas suitable for the supply network, a new draft waste management master plan will reveal on Thursday. Read More  
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Report by Willow Aliento, with Tina Perinotto 8 May 2014 – Victoria, the richest state government in Australia thanks to massive cuts to environmental and other programs – has delivered a surplus while others gnash their teeth over deficits. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 5 May 2014 — UPDATED 6 May 2014: A new report from the Grattan Institute says that “unprecedented” spending on infrastructure by state governments has contributed to a large decline in finances. However, a pre-budget submission from Consult Australia has called for additional infrastructure investment, saying funding has lagged population growth for three decades. So have we overcommitted to infrastructure funding, or is more spending required? Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 27 March 2014 — Canberra’s light rail project shifts into high gear this year, with the appointment of an Arup-led team for Stage One detailed design of the new Capital Metro system. Read More  
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26 March 2014 — Murdoch University has released a study finding it is in the financial interests of villages located on mine sites to install renewable energy generation. While employing behaviour change measures and energy efficiency could reduce a village’s carbon footprint by six per cent, the switch to renewables could cut the high carbon footprint of a mining village dramatically and pay for itself, the study found. Read More  
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20 March 2014 — The Federal Government has released a report into the outlook for Australia’s infrastructure and transport sectors to 2030. Trends: Infrastructure and Transport to 2030 collates information from a range of government departments to provide an indication of the most significant impacts on the infrastructure and transport sector through to 2030 Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 19 March 2014 — The Victorian government has announced a plan to unlock under-utilised land from around train stations, in a move it says will create thousands of jobs Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 12 March 2014 — Billions in travel and energy costs could be saved and carbon emissions reduced if Australia invests in information communication technology, a Telstra report suggests. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 10 March 2014 — Australian company Aquacell, which supplied a blackwater recycling system to Sydney’s 1 Bligh Street, is finding a market niche in the  United States and Dubai. Read More  
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5 March 2014 — Following community calls for better public transport, the NSW Government has placed on public exhibition amendments to the Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan to guide CBD urban renewal, which is to be based around plans for a new light rail link interchange. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 26 February 2014 — Lend Lease has pulled out of its involvement in the coal port expansion at Abbot Point on the Great Barrier Reef. The decision follows a sustained campaign by environmental groups, which included an open letter to Lend Lease warning of the “reputational risk” of engaging with the project. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 30 January 2014 — Capacity must be built in the local government sector to achieve sustainable public infrastructure and deal with climate change, according to the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia New South Wales chief executive John Roydhouse. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 29 January 2014 — Melbourne Water is focusing on managing climate change risk through the rollout of an Environmental Stewardship Strategy. Read More  
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By Chris Standen, University of Sydney 28 January 2014 — From The Conversation: The New South Wales and Victorian governments have recently released business cases for their pet motorway projects, WestConnex in Sydney and East-West Link in Melbourne. But will these projects, costing a combined A$20 billion (with A$3 billion being donated by the federal government), really generate the economic benefits promised? Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 14 November 2013 — Roads that light up with massive snowflakes to warn of icy conditions, LED lighting that can see when your car has passed and turns itself off, and even a road that creates its own energy – these are some of the visions of roads for the coming decades. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 16 October 2013 — Australians need to start drinking recycled water, a report released today [16 October 2013] by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering states. Read More  
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9 October 2013 — The Coalition Government’s refusal to invest in rail infrastructure has been widely critiqued by planning experts, but having profitable, successful rail infrastructure could be possible without government help… and property is the key. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 11 September 2013 — While green buildings have become standard for government – and projections suggest they’ll soon become the norm for most new construction – infrastructure in Australia is a completely different story. Read More  
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  By Cameron Jewell 19 August 2013 — New research has found that the cost of flooding in coastal cities is set to surpass $1 trillion a year globally unless significant investment in adaptation is made. Read More  
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27 May 2013 — Research released on Monday gives an indication of what Australians expect from their cities into the future. Strategic consulting and engineering firm MWH Global’s study, Your life, your home, your city – the future of Australia’s liveable cities, shows that access to healthcare, jobs and emergency services are the most important factors when deciding where to live – more important than aesthetics, education, culture and environment. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 7 May 2013 — Today’s Victorian budget has been described by the Napthine government as a win for infrastructure. The First Home Owner grant has been increased to $10,000 for newly constructed properties, in an attempt to breathe life the stagnant residential construction sector. The grant will no longer apply to established homes. Stamp duty concessions of 40 per cent will also be brought forward for all first home owners. The government has also committed close to $300 million... 
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By Lynne Blundell 13 March 2013 – The future of sustainable transport was looking rosy at Green Cities this year with speakers presenting images of future cities abuzz with tiny electric pod-cars on roads that seamlessly connected with train networks. Travelling between Sydney and Melbourne? No problem – Read More  
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By Lynne Blundell 21 March 2012 ­– Communities must build resilience to natural disasters and can no longer expect governments to step in and save them. Read More  
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29 February 2012 – Australia at long last has a sustainability rating tool for infrastructure that promises to be as transforming as the Green Star rating has been for buildings. At least that is the vision of the Australian Green Infrastructure Council which today (Wednesday) unveiled the Infrastructure Sustainability rating tool in Canberra. Read More  
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20 January 2012 – Australia’s energy, transport and telecommunications infrastructure could well do with a new national body to co-ordinate greater resilience to climate change, a new government report has found. The report, The Role of Regulation in Facilitating or Constraining Adaptation to Climate Change for Australian Infrastructure, specifically targeted gaps in the regulatory environment around these infrastructure items, created before climate change was considered a serious threat. The... 
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