This report draws together existing data and information across a range of economic, social and environmental parameters to provide a national snapshot of the 17 Australian cities with populations over 100,000 at the 2006 Census.
It also highlights emerging trends and issues to promote discussion and debate on managing growth and change in our urban centres.
The report found that the past outward urban expansion has meant a greater distance between residential and employment areas with a resultant greater use of cars, higher transport costs, more vulnerability to oil price rises and the loss of agricultural land or habitat. More recently, however, the pattern of growth has seen an increasing proportion of population growth accommodated in existing inner and middle suburban areas, most notably in Sydney.
The level of car dependency in Australian cities has increased at a faster rate than population growth, creating trafﬁc congestion problems as infrastructure and public transport have failed to keep pace with population growth.
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