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New South Wales--Sydney

Draft report

20 Oct 2017

The vision seeks to meet the needs of a growing and changing population by transforming Greater Sydney into a metropolis of three cities – the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City. It brings new thinking to land use and transport patterns...

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Discussion paper

11 Oct 2017

Our vision is for a city with a lively and diverse evening economy. This vision emerges from our research and consultation OPEN Sydney Strategy and Action Plan, Creative City Cultural Policy and Action Plan and Live Music and Performance Action Plan.

To achieve our vision the plans and...

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Report

03 Oct 2017

Road congestion charges should be introduced in Sydney and Melbourne. An examination of 3.5 million Google Maps trip-time estimates across more than 350 routes over six months of this year suggests both cities could face traffic gridlock in future unless decisive action is taken to manage...

Report

18 Sep 2017

The City of Sydney (CoS), relative to other local governments, has made some progress in the area of affordable housing. However, the affordable housing it has helped provide in the LGA remains well short of the desired target. 

This paper investigates the strategies used by the CoS to...

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Research report

31 Aug 2017

Since the term Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) was first coined in Australia over twenty years ago, it has been promoted through the National Water Initiative and policy initiatives at the State level. Despite substantial work towards policy outcomes, Australia still lacks a suite of best...

Journal article

30 Aug 2017

This study examines patterns of electricity use by households in Sydney who have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) technology compared to those who have not in order to assess the impact of government solar incentive schemes, and to identify whether conservation or rebound (increased consumption...

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Journal article

25 Aug 2017

The built environment contributes 40% of total global greenhouse gas emissions and 87% of the buildings we will have in 2050 are already built. If predicted climate changes are correct, we need to adapt existing stock sustainably. Outside Australia there is a history of office to residential...

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Report

10 Aug 2017

The Office of Strategic Lands (OSL) was established under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) to identify, acquire, manage and divest land required for long-term planning by the NSW Government, particularly for open space and public purposes.

OSL is a...

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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...

Discussion paper

01 Aug 2017

The report finds that the number of fintech startups in Australia has increased from less than 100 in 2014 to 579 companies today, with around 60 percent of all fintech companies basing themselves in Sydney.

The range of sectors has also diversified substantially, with 10 fintech...

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Blog post

20 Jul 2017

A recent Sydney Morning Herald feature on urban renewal in London shone an interesting and quite revealing spotlight on a high profile project with a major Australian connection. Crucially, though this rather uncritical account completely missed the aspect of the story with the greatest direct...

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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...

Audio program

02 Jul 2017

After decades of debate, deliberation and inaction Sydney is finally to have a second airport at Badgerys Creek. So far we don’t have a design and we’re not sure if or when there might be a rail connection between the new airport and the city. But we know it’s going to be built and that the...

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Literature review

30 Jun 2017

The City of Sydney Local Government Area is located in the Sydney Metropolitan Area and encompasses the Central Business District (CBD). As a CBD, the City of Sydney attracts extensive flows of pedestrians even late at night.

This study was undertaken by the City Futures Research Centre,...

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Technical report

08 Jun 2017

NorthConnex is a nine -kilometre tolled motorway tunnel between the M1 Pacific motorway at Wahroonga and the M2 Hills motorway at West Pennant Hills. Major construction work commenced in February 2015 and the tunnel is expected to open to traffic in late 2019.

In March 2012, the M7...

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Policy report

06 Jun 2017

The WestConnex series of tunnels, interchanges and surface freeways is based on an already weak business case. It has a poorly articulated demand analysis that to a large degree fails to meet its own stated objectives. When confronted with this reality, and the local impacts of a seven lane...

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Working paper

01 Jun 2017

This Blue Sky study explores a new conceptual approach to community involvement in planning that responds to contemporary critiques of participatory planning. Blue Sky projects are focused on exploring innovative ideas and concepts . This research explores a new conceptual approach that rethinks...

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Policy report

22 May 2017

After the Premier’s invitation and following a meeting with her, I agreed to:

  • Engage with the relevant officials to understand and evaluate their work and housing affordability policy proposals, as an independent and outside ‘additional pair of eyes’.
  • Give the Premier my
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Audio program

14 May 2017

Background Briefing asks whether Australia's largest transport infrastructure project will live up to its promise to reduce Sydney's congestion.

As WestConnex has morphed over the years, the cost has increased, partly due to inflation, and partly due to its greater scope. From a rough...

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