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14 August 2013 — The Planning Institute of Australia has released its federal election platform, with a four-point call to action to political parties designed to align productivity, liveability and sustainability. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 13 August 2013 — There we were, thinking, what’s the point of gathering thousands of protestors and reams of legal opinion when it comes to governments legislating over development and mining? Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 12 August 2013 — Research in Auckland, New Zealand has found that urban sprawl might be a better option than building compact cities, if solar panels are fitted on every house and electric car travel becomes the norm. Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 18 July 2013 — The NSW state government has released draft plans for infrastructure to underpin housing growth on a former maritime industrial site at Wentworth Point, 20 kilometres north west of Sydney, as part of its Urban Activation Precincts program. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 17 July 2013 — An authority on environmental law – former Justice Paul Stein – and the NSW Law Society have voiced concerns about changes to NSW’s planning system, warning that community consultation provisions are inadequate, and that the system could lead to corruption. Read More  
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8 July 2013 —Urban planning firm RobertsDay has released an e-book covering 28 stories of how Australian councils have innovated in urban renewal. In Great Places Renew, the agency says despite outdated planning legislation that continues to stymie council innovation, six Australian councils have managed to create innovative – and sometimes radical – place design change for their local communities. Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 27 June 2013 — CONFERENCE: In 2011, 8.5 per cent of Yarra City residents rode to work – the highest rate of people riding to work in Australia. And it’s not by accident. Since 2006, the City, part of metropolitan Melbourne, has been working at its bike lane strategy. Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 25 June 2013 — CONFERENCE: Co-location of companies and organisations around centres of knowledge offer important synergies, MGS Architects director Robert McGauran told the Making Cities Liveable Conference last week, but barriers need to be overcome. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 19 June 2013 — Industry bodies have welcomed news of increased funding for the NSW government’s new planning system, though community groups have voiced concern about the limited amount available for community engagement. Read More  
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17 June 2013 — Projects certified under the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating tool lead to a large decrease in driving compared with average developments, research shows. Research by University of Utah transport expert Reid Ewing and colleagues found that estimated vehicle miles per person for 12 LEED-ND projects were between 24 and 60 per cent of their respective regional averages, reported Atlantic Cities. The LEED for Neighborhood Development tool integrates green building, urbanism and... 
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11 June 2013 — The NSW planning department has entered into a research partnership with the University of Technology Sydney to assist in designing and implementing an engagement strategy for the planning White Paper. Read More  
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11 June 2013 — A ruling in a suit brought on by inner-city plaintiffs of Milwaukee has found that an urban freeway connection cannot proceed without studying the project’s impacts on transit-dependent populations and regional suburban sprawl. Read More  
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  By Cameron Jewell 29 May 2013 — Shadow communications minister and former Liberal Leader Malcolm Turnbull has advocated for a value uplift model for funding public transport during last Thursday’s Grattan Institute Productive Cities seminar in Sydney. And it seems NSW Treasury could be listening. Mr Turnbull, who spoke alongside the institute’s cities program director Jane-Frances Kelly, also said Australia had “tragically” neglected transport infrastructure, Read More  
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By Wesley Folitarik, Goulburn Mulwaree Council 29 May 2013 — Much has been said over the past two years about the need to improve the culture of planning in NSW. It is a sentiment that has been echoed by all sides of the planning profession whether from local or state government, the private sector or the development industry. Generally, this is an attempt to address the poor public perception of the culture of the planning profession which is largely driven by negative media coverage of planning... 
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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 21 May 2013 — For a volunteer-based community outfit, the Better Planning Network knows how to pull the big guns. Speaking at yesterday’s community forum was a broad array of politicians and planning luminaries of all persuasions. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 14 May 2013 — Councils are gearing up for war after the New South Wales Local Government Review Panel report provided strong support for amalgamation. Though the state government has reiterated forced amalgamations will not occur, it hasn’t stopped councils from preparing to fight the prospect of government reneging on its commitment. Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 16 May 2013 — Urban growth plans released by the Victorian Government earlier this week pave the way for local extinctions of nationally threatened species unless the federal government intercedes, Victorian National Parks Association executive director Matt Ruchel has said. Read More  
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By Corinne Fisher, Better Planning Network 13 May 2013 — In response to Urbis consultant Tim Blythe’s comment that organisations like the Better Planning Network are scaremongering, Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 6 May 2013 — At SGS Economics and Planning’s “Up to the task?” forum last Thursday evening, a panel comprising ex-Lord Mayors Frank Sartor and Lucy Turnbull, SGS principal and partner Patrick Fensham and associate dean of the City Futures Research Centre Bill Randolph discussed how Sydney’s draft Metropolitan Strategy would address the city’s challenges into the future. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 7 May 2013 — NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard has released a “message from the minister” in an attempt to combat growing community unease around planning reforms. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 18 April 2013 – The architects like it. The development industry and its pals will eventually admit they love it. The community is getting set for war. And the environmentalists think it’s not too bad. That’s the short view of the NSW planning reforms Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 19 September 2012 – The NSW government’s policy backflip on orderly retreat from coastal development threatened by rising sea levels has thrown planners and advisers into chaos. The only clarity is that the new regime will have no impact on either the physical or insurance risk for such property. Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 13 September 2012 — Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood certainly puts his money where his mouth is. The former urban planner, with qualifications in sustainability, has been in the role two years and one of his first moves was to dump the V8 sedan which came with the job. Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 11 September 2012 — The NSW Government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy, released on Tuesday, has given the coal industries “carte blanche” to mine across the state, environmentalists and farmers say. The government headlined its announcement of the policy as “protection for agricultural land and water resources”. Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said the package of initiatives Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 11 September 2012 – Today’s greenfield residential developments lack the flexibility needed for them to survive as successful suburbs of tomorrow, a Grattan Institute report has found. The report, Tomorrow’s suburbs: Building flexible neighbourhoods, canvasses options such as laying bigger water pipes, creating more flexible buildings Read More  
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By Simon Carter, Morphosis 29 August 2012 — Something special is happening in New York City. As the end of Michael Bloomberg’s third and final term as Mayor draws near, a green renaissance is in full swing. Downtown, the 9/11 Memorial park is now open and the new green skyscrapers replacing the World Trade Centre are topping out. Midtown, the Empire State Building is becoming 38 per cent more energy efficient Read More  
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By Donna Kelly 13 August 2012 – The three “Cs”, civic leaders, corporate leaders and citizens working together, are what makes good cities great, former Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy says. Mr Murphy, now a senior fellow of the US Urban Land Institute, presented a vision for Sydney during a public lecture hosted by the Warren Centre Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 13 July 2012 – Highlight of BEMP, the Built Environment Meets Parliament summit held on 27 June, was undoubtedly social researcher Rebecca Huntley, who  stole the show talking about everyone’s favourite subject, ourselves. Huntley took a leap in her national profile when she appeared in the Q & A session Read More  
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11 July 2012 – The jury citation for a major winner at the 2012 Australian Awards for Urban Design, “The Future of Penrith, Penrith of the Future” project, said the vision for the regional centre of Penrith had been created “by valuing the issues, observations and ideas of local inhabitants. The project “resulted in a concept that embraces urban design fundamentals such as accessible public space, recreational precincts, densification, pedestrianisation, sustainability and... 
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