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30 July 2014 — Head of the Business Council of Australia Jennifer Westacott is calling for Australia to adopt a “cities agenda”, in stark contrast to the federal government, which has dismantled measures to assist city development on a national scale including axing the Major Cities Unit. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 29 July 2014 — Fishermans Bend is Victoria’s massive new development adjacent to the CBD, with a scale to rival Docklands next door and Barangaroo in Sydney. But in contrast to the competitive green agendas of these precincts the Victorian government has sidelined sustainability and almost invited developers to do what they please. Read More  
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By Greg Paine 23 July 2014 — For a long time a “denser” model of living has been seen in Australia as somehow a lesser or second rate way of living, especially given our financial, emotional and political investment in the car-based suburban model. Read More  
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22 July 2014 — Eighty per cent of goods and services value in Australia is produced on just 0.2 per cent of the nation’s land mass, mostly in city CBDs, a new Grattan Institute report has found. However, with many workers located far away, the report warns that without adequate transport and housing policy, economic growth could be stymied. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 17 July 2014 — The Committee for Sydney’s July update to Sydney – Adding to the Dividend Ending the Divide makes a strong argument for increasing investment in public transport infrastructure Read More  
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15 July 2014 – BRIEF: Maximum heights and set back requirements for development along a 70 kilometre stretch of Melbourne’s Yarra River upstream of the city centre are being proposed under draft riverside planning controls released this week by the Victorian Government Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy. The Middle Yarra Recommendations Report covers the stretch of the river from Ivanhoe to Warrandyte, passing through the local government areas of some of Melbourne’s wealthiest areas, Banyule,... 
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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 Willow Aliento 19 June 2014 — Large swathes of prime residential areas in Melbourne’s wealthiest areas such as Kew, Camberwell, Brighton and Toorak, have been given a reprieve on planning height and density, despite their premium access to public transport. Not a good example for the rest of the city, Willow Aliento finds. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 12 June 2014 — The City of Sydney this week announced that Greenland, the Shanghai government-controlled developer 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 staff reporters 5 June 2014 — Developers want the NSW government to get rid of barriers to putting super tall and mega tall buildings in Sydney’s CBD, envisaging Sydney in 2050 with buildings double the height of current skyscrapers and tens of thousands of workers living and working in the city. Read More  
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2 June 2014 — More cities are including climate change considerations in urban planning, though few have begun to integrate responses to the challenge with economic development priorities, according to the latest Urban Climate Change Governance Survey. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 21 May 2014 — Waverley Council mayor Sally Betts  believes her community can shape a future for the Bondi Junction precinct that is “amazing” and “completely sustainable”. At a presentation early this month, she unveiled how this ambitious plan could unlock one of the richest veins of latent urban potential in Australia. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 7 May 2014 — City of Geelong is looking to use under-utilised council land for mixed-use developments in order to build up density and create a more vibrant urban centre, with sustainable development a key requirement of proposed projects. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 29 April 2014 — New residential zones being considered by Victoria could act to preclude medium density development in inner and middle Melbourne suburbs, senior planners have warned the Victorian Government. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 24 April 2014 — The lighting master planner for Lend Lease’s Barangaroo development, Mark Major, thinks how we relate to cities after dark needs a rethink. Major, cofounder of UK-based practice Speirs + Major, told The Fifth Estate artificial lighting has been taken for granted. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 24 April 2014 — As one of her first moves as NSW Planning Minister, Pru Goward has sacked long-time director-general of planning Sam Haddad. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 27 March 2014 — As the city with the world’s largest light rail network, Melbourne is a showcase of the benefits of light rail for rapid, pedestrian-friendly, low carbon transport. The idea is catching hold around the nation, with projects at various stages of planning and implementation. Following are details of projects  in Sydney, Adelaide, Newcastle and the Gold Coast. 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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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 19 March 2014 — Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has taken out the Planning Champion Award at the 2014 National Awards for Planning Excellence for his work on urban infill development. Western Australia was well represented, with Perth’s Forrest Place and Cockburn Central also winning gongs. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 18 March 2014 — 3D printing has the potential to revolutionise urban sustainability. It will see houses and offices created with less waste, CO2 emissions and transport. 3D printing will make manufacturing and construction sustainable for the first time ever. Read More  
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5 March 2014 – We wrote about Tony Hsieh in late 2012 because he was such a hit at the San Francisco Verge conference, which was a kind of fringe event to the Greenbuild mega conference in San Francisco in November that year. The Verge audience, made up of people from Google, Facebook, and Forbes magazine, academics from Standford and infrastructure leaders from local government and utilities outfits, seemed fascinated by Hsieh’s ambitions to tackle sustainability in possibly the most unsustainable,... 
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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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26 February 2014 — Wind farms are okay. The National Health and Medical Research Council says so. It’s found no link to ill health but researchers commenting on the latest report, Australia’s 20th since 2003, say what there could be is a link to is quacks, or cults. While Australia’s peak body for health and medical research prepared to release its draft statement and information paper this week, the Abbott government was busy pushing forward with yet another review of wind farms and health.... 
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20 February 2014 — Michelle Tabet has moved on from her senior strategic designer role at Arup to head up Right Angle Studio’s push into the urban development consultancy space. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 13 February 2014 — Fears have been raised that the NSW Government will use existing powers to push through reforms to the planning system that were rejected by parliament last year. Read More  
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By Nicholas Williams, Andrew Coutts and Stephen Livesley 10 February 2014 — From The Conversation: Australia’s major cities routinely rank among the world’s most liveable. But for all our clean streets, good healthcare and educational opportunities, one of the things we have to contend with is our sweltering summer heat. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 6 February 2014 — Legal advice to local governments obtained by The Fifth Estate says local councils would be prudent to continue to use the former Labor government’s sea level rise planning benchmarks until the O’Farrell government delivers on a promised approach to sea level rise that is more responsive to local conditions. Read More  
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