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Research report

16 Oct 2017

This current case study report forms part of a Melbourne Water funded RMIT University research project which investigates the role of the water sector in urban liveability, greening and cooling. Greening the West provides an interesting case study on this topic due to the...

Commentary

16 Oct 2017

Vital Signs is a report series that gathers good-quality data about a city from reputable sources to provide a snapshot of its community. Vital Signs...

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Report

16 Oct 2017

Greater Melbourne Vital Signs 2017 takes the ‘pulse’ of our city. It provides a snapshot of its health and vitality and identifies the things to celebrate and the issues we face as we all create a sustainable and resilient city. 

In August 2017, the ‘The Economist’ ranked Melbourne as the...

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Research report

12 Oct 2017

The co-benefits of urban liveability for the economy, social inclusion, environmental and social sustainability, and public health are now well recognised by all levels of government in Australia and internationally. Liveable communities are safe, socially cohesive and inclusive, and...

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21 Sep 2017

Businesses and organisations are managing their greenhouse gas emissions to position themselves for growth and competitiveness in a lower-emissions future. Businesses are also choosing to go one step further and demonstrate leadership and corporate responsibility by becoming carbon neutral....

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Draft report

31 Aug 2017

The WAPC’s Guidelines for the Lifting of Urban Deferment specify the requirements to be met before the WAPC will agree to land being transferred from urban deferred to the urban zone in a region planning scheme.

‘Urban deferred’ zoning is provided for in each of the operative...

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Article

23 Aug 2017

More and more of us living in denser cities where apartments and high-rise developments are increasingly common. This creates specific health concerns for residents of these areas, and for lower-income households in particular.

Read the full article at The Conversation.

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Guide

03 Aug 2017

This document provides practical guidance for built environment professionals and regulatory agencies seeking to optimise development projects to moderate urban microclimates and mitigate urban heat island effects in major urban centres across a range of climates in Australia .

The...

Commentary

01 Aug 2017

A large body of research shows that living in cities can harm our health. We know poor urban design can lead to people being less physically active, which is a factor in weight problems, obesity and cancers. But did you know urban life might lead to poor mental health?

Recent research...

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Strategy

27 Jul 2017

Following the recent release of the draft vision for Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsula (GPOP), Draft West Central District Plan and Towards our Greater Sydney 2056 by the Greater Sydney Commission, the Department of Planning and Environment, in collaboration with City of Parramatta and...

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Blog post

25 Jul 2017

The towers crowding out the centre of Australian cities are a symptom of failed governance and planning, and it’s threatening any transition to ecocities

To understand the major barrier to making our cities more sustainable and environmentally friendly places, just stand in the centre of...

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Report

20 Jul 2017

Australia's success in the 21st Century economy depends on our cities, suburbs and regional centres.

The Australian Government's Smart Cities Plan is committed to creating the foundations for success across all cities and regional centres.

Delivering on this commitment starts with...

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Policy report

19 Jul 2017

The Infrastructure Pipeline is Building Queensland’s independent assessment of infrastructure proposals under development by Queensland Government agencies, including departments, government-owned corporations and nominated statutory authorities.

The aim of the Infrastructure Pipeline is...

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Policy report

18 Jul 2017

The State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) Parts A and B outline the Queensland infrastructure priorities to grow the economy, create jobs and provide quality services to Queenslanders. It provides a framework to allow government to plan and prioritise infrastructure investment and delivery in a...

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Technical report

18 Jul 2017

Regional Land Supply Assessments are prepared as a component of the Western Australian Planning Commission’s (WAPC) Urban Development Program (UDP), which tracks and models land supply as per the requirements outlined in the Planning and Development Act 2005. The role of the WAPC includes...

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Article

14 Jul 2017

Urban development typically looks to governments, local and national, to take the lead in transforming urban landscapes to promote sustainability and wellbeing. This is especially so when problems requiring a coordinated response – such as climate change – are deep and urgent.

However, in...

Article

11 Jul 2017

The release of 2016 Census data provides a good opportunity to reflect on the future growth of Australian cities. And what better example of the future to use than Tokyo?

Frequently the subject of futuristic visions, the city went through one of the world’s most rapid post-war population...

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Discussion paper

06 Jul 2017

In 2016, the Committee for Sydney and The Business of Cities published First Amongst Equals? , the first edition of a global benchmarking study of Sydney’s comparative performance against other world cities.

This second edition updates and develops this benchmarking exercise, rating...

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Article

05 Jul 2017

Population growth has profound impacts on Australian life, and sorting myths from facts can be difficult. This is the third article in The Conversation's series, Is Australia Full?, which aims to help inform a wide-ranging and often emotive debate.

Australia has the highest rate...

Guide

05 Jul 2017

Consulting the community before submitting a development application (DA) , known as pre DA consultation, can lead to better planning outcomes. It is an opportunity for developers of significant projects to involve the community in the early stages of a proposal, and for the community to provide...

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