The NSW Productivity Commission in November released its final report on the Review of Infrastructure Contributions in NSW (PC Review). It controversially ruled out capturing a share of windfall gains made from rezonings or the granting of additional development, even though this is widely used in voluntary planning agreements (VPAs) and state infrastructure contributions (SIC). […]
Here at The Fifth Estate we’re keeping an eye on New Zealand. It’s started to become a standout regional leader on climate action, especially with its legislated net zero emissions target by 2050.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, last week Britain’s chancellor issued a new budget that promised much infrastructure and, of course, to tackle the pandemic.
In Australia infrastructure is directly responsible for 15 per cent of emissions, and indirectly responsible for 55 per cent. What is Australia doing to face the reality of its future?
It might be a sign of changing times or Romilly Madew’s green pedigree coming through, but climate adaption and response projects topped Infrastructure Australia’s priority list for 2020
In 2018, the US state of California saw its worst-ever bushfire season on record. The Fifth Estate spoke to US architect and sustainable design guru David Hertz about what the region learnt about designing and managing infrastructure in the face of ever-increasing fire risk.
It has taken something dramatic like burning building cladding to focus governments on the chronic failings of our building industry when it comes to key aspects of public interest. It is going to take billions of dollars to fix this, while the victims will suffer traumatic dislocation. Taxpayers and victims will end up paying most […]
Australia is at risk of not meeting its 2030 Paris Agreement due to increases in transport, direct combustion and fugitive emissions, according to Infrastructure Australia’s latest audit report.
The federal government keeps pushing back on taking responsibility for major national infrastructure centred on cities. But there are five good reasons it needs to reassess and take a leadership position.
The NSW and federal 2019 elections saw the return of Coalition governments. My perspective – from western Sydney – is: Coalition infrastructure policies have been dreadful, Labor’s offerings weren’t any better.
As one of Australia’s fastest growing cities, Brisbane has faced more than its fair share of growing pains. South Brisbane’s population is expected to treble by 2031, while Greater Brisbane’s will rise to 2.95 million. Anticipating this dramatic population surge, the Palaszczuk Labor government has begun substantial infrastructure projects, committing to a $944 million urban […]
In Tuesday’s federal budget, the Coalition government announced its Commuter Car Park Fund, a A$500 million, ten-year package intended to make it easier for people in the suburbs and regions to drive to their local railway station.
For decades, Australians have dreamt about high speed rail along our east coast. It would be nation building at its best: big, bold and transformative.
In what could be a world first, the CRC for Low Carbon Living has brought together energy and infrastructure providers, a land developer and other smaller players to provide true peer-to-peer energy trading across the grid.
Committee for Sydney’s new chief executive officer Gabriel Metcalf has spent 20 years at San Francisco’s civic planning organisation, SPUR, addressing many of the same issues facing Sydney.
Soon after becoming prime minister last year, Scott Morrison appointed a minister for “congestion busting”, signalling the importance he attaches to this issue. The large number of Google search results on “traffic congestion in Australian cities 2019” (9.5 million) and “traffic congestion in Australian cities costing the economy 2019” (8.3 million) seems to support his […]
A national electric vehicle fast-charging network, flagged as a “high priority initiative” by Infrastructure Australia for the first time last week, will help drivers overcome distance anxiety and accelerate EV take up in Australia according to ClimateWorks Australia project manager Sarah Fumei.
A medieval disdain for evidence… fetid swamps of arrogant stupidity, up from which deranged buffoons now bubble up to be leaders.
Spending on transport infrastructure remains huge and according to Arcadis managing director infrastructure Australia-Pacific Phil Kajewski, we likely haven’t even reached the peak.
In this latest edition in our transport series, we look at how major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane are dealing with the building and the finance elements of the challenge.
It has been said of Australian cities that they are orphans of public policy. They belong to no-one and are thus neglected, despite the fact that most Australians live in them and they create most national wealth.
Population and the pressure on infrastructure are shaping up as key election issues. Here’s what the Opposition spokesman on these issues, Anthony Albanese, says are the problems and the solutions. A few years back there was a popular genre of computer games that allowed players to build civilisations from the ground up. Players would build […]
China has technology that can scan a billion faces in one second. It’s using that level of technology to plan its cities and transport. It knows that cities are the powerhouses of the economy it wants.
TRANSPORT SERIES: Like every other major city in Australia, Brisbane is facing enormous challenges in integrating massive population expansion and urban development with sustainable transport infrastructure and moving parts.
There is a growing cacophony of calls for a national settlement strategy. What does that mean? Are we all over the exhaustion of daily congestion?
A highly experienced transport specialist who worked under several state government regimes claims that NSW’s troubled road and rail infrastructure planning is fundamentally flawed.
We need to focus on the small and adaptive in creating better cities.
Newly appointed minister for cities Alan Tudge on 9 October in Melbourne delivered a view of the challenges of Australian cities driven largely by rapid population growth, and some of the solutions that he says include encouraging migrants to move to regional areas and better infrastructure. A little over a month ago, Prime Minister Scott […]
Australia’s infrastructure boom continues to ramp up demand for engineers and other construction-related jobs with signs that the resources sector is again on the move and will soon put pressure on the construction sector.
Prime minister Scott Morrison’s ministerial appointments reveal a lot about the “new generation” Coalition government.