What Australians want from urban planning and design

By Mark Bruzzone* The concept of ‘liveable cities’ has become an increasingly used term when talking about planning and designing urban areas. The desire to tackle challenges such as population growth, climate change, urban sprawl and natural disasters whilst delivering a high quality of sustainable living for Australians has become a key objective of both […]

Clean, green urban space not just a walk in the park

Governments are looking into each other’s backyards for lessons on how to keep community spaces in top shape reports Paul Hemsley. It’s all too easy for ratepayers to forget that councils do much more than more than “rates, roads and rubbish” especially with large tracts of publicly owned land to manage in the form of […]

Developer group wants councils as members

By Julian Bajkowski Property development industry group Urban Taskforce has taken the highly controversial step of throwing open its doors to allow local governments to formally become “associate members” of the lobbying outfit as it seeks to redefine its engagement with policymakers. The move comes as the New South Wales government scopes-out a root-and-branch overhaul […]

Looking beyond electric vehicles

OPINION By Doug Harland Current transport paradigms are no longer affordable or sustainable. Electrification of our urban transport system is urgently required, but we need to think beyond electric cars. A comparison between Australia and two countries that have high quality infrastructure, namely Japan and Germany, highlights our great infrastructure delivery and maintenance challenge and […]

Creating smarter cities

By Lilia Guan Population growth, ageing infrastructure and the need to reduce carbon usage created the tipping point for developing 'smarter cities'.   Australian cities are growing and that growth has placed pressure on the country’s resources and infrastructure. In order for cities and regional area to ensure they remain desirable, competitive and sustainable places […]

Feds to tackle city planning: Rudd

By Angela Dorizas Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has proposed greater Federal Government involvement in the planning of major cities to prepare for future population growth. In an address to the Business Council of Australia in Sydney last week, Mr Rudd said Commonwealth Government involvement in future planning of major cities was “critical to achieving our […]

NSW Government considers light rail extension for Sydney

Artist's impression of George Street Sydney with the light-rail extension. Image: City of Sydney.   The City of Sydney has welcomed the New South Wales Government’s announcement that George Street will be included in a light rail feasibility study. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said light rail along the city’s busiest street would transform central Sydney into a […]

Red Ken’s plan for London, Sydney

Ken Livingstone was elected Mayor of London in 2000 and was responsible for a number of sustainable urban planning initiatives, including the controversial congestion charge. He was also a key founder of the C40 Large Cities Climate Change Leadership Group, of which Melbourne and Sydney are members.  Angela Dorizas spoke with him during his visit […]


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