The Northern Territory Government, in partnership with Lhere Artepe, the Alice Springs Town Council and the Chamber of Commerce are implementing a range of measures to support the community and improve social outcomes. This response focuses on three key areas to improve safety, support stronger...
Environmental amenities provide a range of direct and indirect benefits in cities, and amenity provision often figures within policy portfolios to advance sustainability in urban areas. This report synthesises empirical research on the impact of environmental amenities on housing prices, examines implications on housing affordability...
Calculation of policy-relevant spatial indicators of urban liveability: experiences of scaling a research programme from local to global
A pilot project, which focused on Melbourne in 2012, developed an initial workflow to calculate address-level liveability measures. This paper reviews methodological challenges encountered in the scaling up of this 5-year collaborative research program.
This research aims to explore the dual consideration of amenity and accessibility to facilitate effective place-based planning. By identifying Croydon South as a 'Low-amenity suburb' with high car dependency, a regression analysis revealed that bus stop density and commercial activity were variables that contributed to...
This research examines key drivers of migration flows and settlement patterns across Australia, and identifies key barriers to and opportunities for greater population decentralisation.
Population growth, regional connectivity, and city planning — international lessons for Australian practice
This research investigates the potential for Australia’s regional areas to attract and sustain population and economic growth, examining whether particular international strategies and Australian models for supporting development have been effective.
The guidance in this playbook is derived from a pilot initiative implemented in Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Philadelphia between fall 2019 and January 2021. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), in collaboration with national and local funders, supported the implementation of community-rooted economic inclusion in...
This report examines the features of an age-friendly community, with a focus on the City of Clarence (Tasmania, Australia).
Assessing the amenity value of forest ecosystem services: perspectives from the use of sustainable green spaces
Due to the fragility of forest ecosystems, developing forest recreational resources must consider sustainable ecological, economic, and social development, and reduce impacts from recreational activities. Diverse forests with different biodiversity could promote forest ecosystem services and resistance to the pressure of tourism development. Under such...
This new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research for the Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities National Science Challenge uses census rent and wage data to compile quality of life and quality of business measures for 130 towns and cities in New Zealand.
Australian cities are increasingly important for the conservation of threatened species and their habitat, supporting more species per unit area than non-urban regions. Canberra is a case in point with its existing suburbs and greenfield developments occurring alongside nationally threatened ecological communities and species in...
We analyse the relationships between subjective wellbeing (SWB), wages and internal migration. Our study addresses whether people make (revealed preference) location decisions based on SWB and/or wage prospects. We present both a theoretical intertemporal location choice model and empirical analyses using the Australian longitudinal HILDA...
This paper proposes a method to estimate the capitalized value of the architectural design quality of a neighbourhood.
Tipped off: residential amenity and the changing distribution of household waste disposal in Melbourne
This paper explores how the geography of household putrescible waste disposal facilities (tips and landfills) has changed in Melbourne over the period 1966 to the present; and how this may relate to residential amenity.
This paper investigates determinants of the location choices of degree- and non-degree-holders. With a multinomial logit model, it tests a series of hypotheses about the differential effects of thick labor markets and amenities on the location choice of these groups across metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas...