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Entries from July 29th, 2015

Inquiry into affordable housing industry capacity

July 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Housing, Social housing

City Futures is partnering with RMIT, Swinburne, UQ and UTas to conduct an  Inquiry into Affordable Housing Industry Capacity for AHURI. We’re looking at Australia’s small but growing affordable housing industry – including community housing providers, their funders and other partners – and investigating the capacity of this industry to restructure the social housing system to better deliver housing for low-moderate income […]

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Disadvantaged places in urban Australia: residential mobility, place attachment and social exclusion

July 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Many residents of disadvantaged suburbs in our major cities rightly see their home locality as posing problems for themselves and their neighbours. Key concerns include exposure to relatively high rates of crime and antisocial behaviour (41% of people living in such areas believe that ‘crime is a problem here’), and remoteness from job-rich localities (only […]

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What’s the problem with foreign ownership of Australian real estate?

July 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing

When housing experts at City Futures and other Sydney unis put forward recently a national 10-point plan for housing affordability, there was a lot of interest and commentary… and a lot of the commentary was about foreigners buying Australian housing. Do we need an 11-point plan – or, as some commentators seem to suggest, a one-point plan […]

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Social Enterprises Can Help Drive Social, Economic Growth

July 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Construction, Social enterprise

By Professor Martin Loosemore, Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW There is a new breed of Australian social entrepreneurs operating in the construction industry who are creating inspiring social enterprises which trade for a social and/or environmental purpose. These social enterprises feed their profits back into the communities in which they operate rather than to […]

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A New Metropolitan Consciousness: Towards a Resilient Sydney

July 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Wellbeing

By Greg Paine, City Wellbeing Program, City Futures Research Centre City Futures attended the recent workshop held by the City of Sydney as the first stage in establishing a program for a “resilient Sydney” as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s $100 million 100 Resilient Cities program – which is to assist 100 cities world-wide to […]

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