Australia dithers on energy while the world gets on with it

While in Australia we argue about keeping a 45-year-old coal fired power plant operational, removing renewable targets and changing the meaning of “clean” to include dirty, we seem to be drifting further away from the rest of the world.

Highway Traffic at Sunset. Tilt Shift Concept Photo. Traffic in Las Vegas Nevada, USA.

Managing and reducing parking congestion through smart technology

Currently there are increasing population levels in Australian cities and a well-known negative impact on the urban environment of a larger population is an increase in congestion, on both major and minor arterial roads.

Build to rent can be a viable asset class: let’s get it right

Australia’s inevitable drift to rental was well forecast by Owen Donald’s National Housing Supply Council in its second State of Supply report (2010). The Council indicated demand for rental growing…

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Could Sydney Airport become a stranded asset?

Ridiculous! Sydney Airport at Mascot is Australia’s busiest! After all, it contributes directly and indirectly six per cent of NSW’s economic activity and almost 300,000 jobs. Its growth is currently very strong.

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Respect for planners is crucial for liveable cities

A few weeks ago, The Fifth Estate covered the burgeoning demand for planners in Australia. As our cities and their populations grow at a rapid pace, it follows that more…

How plastics are being reinvented for the future

Though widely maligned and criticised, plastics are not only here to stay – they’re also essential for our future, says UK sustainable plastics expert Dr John Williams whose company is about to launch what it claims is a bio degradable plastic.

Canberra’s answer to a lively Greek village

When Johnathan Efkarpidis, the director of Molonglo Group and one of the masterminds behind the world-acclaimed NewActon precinct, told me of his vision for Dairy Road, I was startled.

The war on coffee cups – and how to win

Staff are the primary generators of operational waste in an office building. They produce an average of 118 kg of waste per person each year. Much of this is avoidable items such as coffee cups, disposable lunch and beverage containers, paper towels and office paper.

The art of storytelling

We know that storytelling is the secret to influence and there is nowhere we need that more than in the urgent need for climate action.

Mind the gap: Why you’ll die earlier in Sydney’s west

Research based on new Census data has shown that life expectancy goes down dramatically as you travel west in Sydney. At its most extreme the gap between average life expectancy in an Eastern Suburb of your choice and Mount Druitt in Sydney’s west is 20 years.

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Homeless in Sydney: Who’s public space is it and whose rights will prevail?

n response to pressure from property development as reported by Sydney Morning Herald in late June the City of Sydney recently undertook a mass removal of homeless people and their belongings from beneath building scaffolding in Martin Place.

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