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Entries from September 26th, 2015

Urban disadvantage study presents challenge for new Minister

September 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Many in the policy community were taken unawares by the Australian Government’s recently announced intent to re-engage with matters urban. In creating a ministry for Cities and the Built Environment, the new Prime Minister has refreshingly acknowledged that ‘liveable cities, efficient, productive cities, the environment of cities, are economic assets’. This development has coincided neatly with the publication […]

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Precincts and sustainable built environments

September 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Planning reform, Wellbeing

By Greg Paine, Research Officer, City Futures Research Centre, City Wellbeing Program. Professor Susan Thompson and I were invited to attend a recent “Surround Sound” forum hosted by The Fifth Estate (TFE), the weekly e-newsletter on sustainable building.  The forum focused on how precincts can be key to achieving sustainable built environments, and thus a sustainable […]

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New Minister for Cities and the Built Environment

September 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Cities, Government

As well as having a new Prime Minister, and a new ministry, we now have for the first time a Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed the Hon Jamie Briggs MP to the new role, and signalled a renewed engagement by the Federal Government in urban policy, including […]

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The informal lodging sector in NSW: a regulatory blind spot

September 14th, 2015 · No Comments · Affordability, Marginal rental

Originally published in Parity magazine (Council to Homeless Persons). Fifty-eight beds, in 19 makeshift rooms, in a three-bedroom house. Ten people lodging in a single bedroom. Beds installed on apartment balconies, in bathrooms and laundries and, in one case, a pantry. A shower installed in a hall. These are some of the housing arrangements uncovered […]

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Strata renewal reforms: compulsory acquisition for private profit

September 7th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Guest appearance, Strata

By Cathy Sherry, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UNSW. Originally published at the Sydney Morning Herald. City Futures’ research on strata renewal is here. The New South Wales government has released an exposure draft of strata termination legislation which empowers private citizens to forcibly acquire other people’s homes. People who live in their own apartment […]

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