Formalising the informal at Flinders Street Station: the tension between heritage and spatial management
Using the example of the entrance to Flinders Street Station – and the iconic steps and clocks that serves as a popular gathering point – this paper discusses how the development of an informal cultural practice embedded within the Melbourne imaginary is also challenged by...
Compared to Melbourne's current the Suburban Rail Loop project, this paper argues that much more service, and thus accessibility, could be provided for a given budget through surface upgrade options. To test this assumption, the paper uses an ‘Alternative Network’ structure using a conservative but...
This paper reports the results of a 2021 Monash University collaborative Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning and Design Studio, where students speculated on ways to address climate change adaptation in the small coastal towns Skenes Creek, Apollo Bay and Marengo on the...
A critical historical study: intersectoral conflict formation and maintenance between land-use, transport and environment
This study, pinpoints six ‘Critical Discursive Moments’, arriving at the recent past, examining how instruments, originally established to protect the environment facilitate extreme intersectoral conflict that constitutes a form of ‘symbolic violence’, through misrepresentation and misrecognition of environmental impacts.
Two years of independent investigation has culminated in this vision for how New Zealand’s infrastructure can lay a foundation for communities and future generations to thrive. The strategy has implications for not only the infrastructure sector, but for social, economic, environmental and cultural outcomes for...
Australia is precariously dependent on imported fuel. This paper argues that demand-side solutions, particularly electrifying transport, should be adopted to improve Australia’s fuel security and increase energy independence.
Roundabouts, overpasses, and carparks: hauling the federal government back to its proper role in transport projects
Politicians are not supposed to spend public money to promote their private interest, including their private political advantage. This paper argues that avoiding such conflicts of interest would be more straightforward if the federal government stuck to its national role, and did its due diligence...
This report sets out the need to continue to invest in new roads, public transport, schools and hospitals, to address infrastructure inequality. The authors propose that governments set a stable level of investment and build a long term pipeline of work around these allocations.
Building on research and analysis published by Grattan Institute since it was founded 13 years ago, this report identifies reforms to boost incomes, improve health and education, create better transport links, make housing more affordable, generate meaningful progress on climate change, and strengthen Australia’s political...
The Northern Territory government is seeking stakeholder and public feedback on this position paper, which sets the vision, purpose and implementation pathways to prioritise government investment in infrastructure.
This report measures Melbourne’s all-round performance against 20 peer cities. The report highlights the need for greater collaboration between business, institutions, government, entrepreneurs and residents, to ensure that Greater Melbourne has a great future.
This report assists Waka Kotahi on how best to invest the funding that has been allocated and to provide Waka Kotahi with an up-to-date view of the sector’s shape and its key challenges and opportunities.
This report finds that since its establishment in the 2018-19 Budget, the Urban Congestion Fund (UCF), and the Commuter Car Park Fund (CCPF) as a program within the UCF, have been administered without any proper administrative framework or oversight, and have been used as vehicles...
This report contributes to the task of improving knowledge of electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Australia by providing ongoing results from exploratory research into EV spatial demand using Melbourne as a case study.
The reforms outlined in this strategy document reflect an industry consensus that was developed in close collaboration with government, industry and communities. Infrastructure Australia completed a comprehensive engagement program that targeted more than 6,500 community members and industry stakeholders across Australia’s cities and regions.
This strategy document builds on the work of the first cross-sectoral infrastructure strategy delivered in 2016, and presents a vision for a thriving, inclusive and sustainable Victoria over the next 30 years.
The Inland Rail project has the potential to provide significant benefit to rural, regional and urban communities — enabling a more efficient movement of freight across Australia and further diversification of the nation’s freight infrastructure. However, throughout this inquiry, the committee heard a number of...