States announce automated vehicle programs

Coffs Harbour and Armidale in NSW will be the first regional areas in Australia to host a fully automated vehicle trial, while Tasmania announces an electric vehicle program in local government.

How to measure infrastructure

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has published a report on ‘Measuring infrastructure asset performance and customer satisfaction: A review of existing frameworks’. “Well-managed, modern and functioning infrastructure underpins much of Australia’s economic prosperity, “ said BITRE’s head Dr Gary Dolman, releasing the report. “Services provided by roads, rail, ports, telecommunications networks […]

Australian councils share disaster smarts with United States

By Professor Edward Blakely* The United States has dealt with more disasters in the last four years than any period in nearly a century. This path of destruction has been underlined by the numerous floods, tornadoes, cyclones and other man-made disasters like the horrible fertiliser plant explosion in Texas. While these disasters make the headlines, […]

Sydney CBD boosts surveillance network with Moore CCTV

By Paul Hemsley City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore is looking to boost the number of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras monitoring central streets as part of the council’s ongoing campaign to make the city safer after nightfall. After prominently backing the NSW Police crackdown on booze fuelled violence and disorder in some of Sydney’s […]

O’Farrell turfs NSW Finance Minister over conflict of interest

By Paul Hemsley New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services and the Illawarra, Greg Pearce MLC, has finally been sacked by the state’s Premier Barry O’Farrell following a fresh revelation of a conflict of interest related to his Cabinet position. In an terse and unambiguously worded a statement issued unexpectedly late on Thursday afternoon, […]

NSW mayors dispatched to US

By Paul Hemsley Mayors from New South Wales will meet with leading American experts in sustainable urban design and planning from this week to thrash out how they can embed sustainable thinking into local precincts. The local swap of global ideas is part of a “Mayor’s forum” hosted by the United States Studies Centre (USSC) […]

Scholar sent to aid Hurricane Sandy recovery

By Paul Hemsley The University of Sydney (USyd) has sent Honorary Professor in Urban Policy, Edward Blakely, to New York to help its recovery efforts caused by October’s monster storm Hurricane Sandy. Professor Blakely, an American academic working at USyd’s United States Studies Centre, is a seasoned veteran in dealing with disaster recovery efforts after […]

ICAC investigates Sydney University’s ex-IT manager

As part of an ongoing investigation, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) plans to hold a public inquiry commencing on March 20 as part of an investigation into corruption allegations concerning the University of Sydney’s ex-IT manager's use of a recruitment agency.   It’s alleged that the ex-IT manager and his wife had an interest […]


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