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Australia’s largest cities still rely heavily on massive investments in rail before the second world war. With renewed interest in rail as a way of dealing with congestion, Peter Mares looks at what history can tell us about the value of reinvesting in railways.
This project examined two models of public engagement in planning approval processes—Third Party Objection and Appeal Rights (TPOAR) and fast tracked planning (e.g. used as part of approving developments funded under the Nation Building Stimulus Package)—to see how they impact on housing supply (especially higher-density...
This report argues that Australian could gain $48 billion of benefits from adopting high speed rail.
High speed rail (“HSR”) now exists on every continent except for Australia and Antarctica. There is a great deal of international experience and analysis available to assess the...
This project is a pilot study to determine whether councils have the necessary data and information to meaningfully contribute to this process. The State of the Assets report aims to provide technical underpinning to the broader Roads to Recovery (R2R) initiative. This report represents the...
This report details the CSIRO's research into digital technologies and services for disaster planning, preparation, rescue and recovery.
Natural disasters have increased in severity and frequency in recent years. In 2010 alone, 385 natural disasters killed over 297,000 people worldwide, impacted 217 million human...
Pressures for urban redevelopment are intensifying in all large cities. A new logic for urban development is required – green urbanism – that provides a spatial framework for directing population and investment inwards to brownfields and greyfields precincts, rather than outwards to the greenfields
This report reviews the new planning powers in New South Wales under the State Environmental Planning Policy and examines how planning and housing policy domains can work together to increase affordable housing supply and their effectiveness.
Key findings:Most Australian...
Australia21 used a recent visit to Canberra by futurists, Professor Jorgen Randers and Paul Gilding to bring together 14 Australian experts to discuss this issue with them. Randers, one of the authors of the 1972 Club of Rome “Limits to Growth” report, in his recent...
The Australian heavy vehicle industry is critical to the movement of people, freight, livestock and other goods. However, every year there are deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads, some of which are caused by speeding heavy vehicles.
Speed management is an important part...
This ABS report on Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved rose 7.8% in September 2012, in seasonally adjusted terms, and has risen for 2 months. Key findings
Dwelling approvals increased in September in New South Wales (22.8%), Victoria (5.2%) and Queensland...