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Entries from September 30th, 2016

Sense of place: messier than it ever was, so how do we manage this shifting world?

September 30th, 2016 · No Comments · Cities, Planning, Public space, urban renewal

by Edgar Liu and Robert Freestone. Originally published at The Conversation.   Place is a crucial dimension of human meaning and relationships. It grounds us. Our attachments with multiple places are a significant part of our individual and group identities. At one level, these attachments reflect our values and aspirations, while at another level they […]

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Productivity Commission stance could hold potential for social housing gains

September 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Government, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at The Conversation. The new Productivity Commission report favouring “greater competition, contestability and user choice” in social housing has caused concern among advocates for low-income tenants. The report is an interim output from an ongoing review of the nation’s human services – including public […]

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All aboard for the Bankstown corridor – or just the lucky few?

September 21st, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Construction, Demographics, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Public space, Transport, urban renewal

By Professor Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. This is an extended version of an article published by The Conversation. It would be easy to assume that the new Sydney Metro Rail project will create something of an urban paradise along the new Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor through which it will run. […]

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Population projection release should provoke questions: is this the future we want?

September 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Demographics

By Alison Taylor, Demographer, City Futures Research Centre. This week new projections for Local Government Areas in NSW were released by the Department of Planning and Environment. This release should again prompt us to urgently, but carefully, consider the type of future we want for ourselves and our children. Unfortunately, coverage of the release by […]

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Open letter to the NSW Premier and Planning Minister

September 6th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing

By Wendy Hayhurst (CEO, NSW Federation of Housing Associations), Katherine McKernan (CEO, Homelessness NSW), Professor Peter Phibbs (Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney), Professor Bill Randolph (Director, City Futures, UNSW) and Dr Tim Williams (CEO, Committee for Sydney) Dear Mr Baird and Mr Stokes At the recent 2016 Affordable Housing Conference there was consensus from the […]

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Changes to strata management laws and home modifications

September 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Cities, Demographics, Law, Strata, Wellbeing

by Ryan van den Nouwelant and Hazel Easthope, City Futures Research Centre The recently introduced reforms to strata scheme management have been wide-ranging. Some of the more headline grabbing changes include new by-laws about pets, parking and smoking, electronic voting and tenant participation. One reform that has not received as much attention is the change […]

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