New South Wales--Sydney

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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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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Policy

10 May 2017

NSW is home to significant amounts of wildlife, natural environments and productive land. Native trees and plants are vital for environmental health, native animals, agriculture and protecting soil and water. In addition to supporting biodiversity, native vegetation is an important part of the...

Research report

18 Apr 2017

The aim of this research was to examine how sexual and reproductive health is experienced and understood by recent migrant and refugee women, living in Sydney Australia and Vancouver Canada. This allowed us to identify unmet sexual and reproductive health needs and barriers to accessing...

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Audio program

19 Mar 2017

An explosion in the number of high-rise apartments across our capital cities is dramatically driving up student enrolments, resulting in "jam-packed" public schools. Too many students and not enough classrooms. How did government's get it so wrong?

Blog post

07 Mar 2017

The recent inclusion of Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) in the draft district pans for metropolitan Sydney marks a turning point in the debates – and hopefully the policies – on the possibility of accessing some of the value generated by property development to generate new affordable housing in New...

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Research report

06 Mar 2017

Aims: To assess the longer-term effects of the 2014 NSW liquor law reforms on levels of violence in the inner Sydney area.

Method: Interrupted time series models were used to examine the effects of the legislative reforms introduced in January 2014....

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Research report

03 Mar 2017

This report was commissioned to assist the City of Sydney in developing a greater knowledge of its cultural infrastructure through a process of classification and mapping of the City’s cultural venues. Its multi-layered database assists with the design of the most appropriate and effective...

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Audio interview

22 Feb 2017

Following on from the first Cityscapes conversation earlier in the month, Tim Williams from the Committee for Sydney speaks to Julie Wagner, Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution. Julie...

Research report

14 Feb 2017

Background

The WestConnex project in Sydney is one of Australia’s largest land transport infrastructure projects. As of December 2016, it was being delivered progressively through three main stages, which have a current estimated total cost of $16.8 billion. It is also...

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Discussion paper

22 Jan 2017

This is the third edition of ‘Adding to the Dividend, Ending the Divide’ published by the Committee for Sydney. Two underlying factors inform this series:

  • Sydney is adding to Australia’s dividend. Sydney’s economic contribution to Australian wealth and productivity has
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Commentary

Article

16 Dec 2016

When a small group from a minority ethnic community gathers to protect its members from discrimination, who could not feel sympathy? An appeal for just such sympathy was issued on 14 December by Tetsuhide Yamaoka (also known as Tesshu Yamaoka), president of the Sydney-based Australia–Japan...

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Audio presentation

30 Nov 2016

This public lecture discussed the draft Central Sydney Planning Strategy 2012-2036. The strategy revises previous planning controls and attempts to deliver on the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 program. The Strategy is the product of the most detailed review of city centre planning...

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