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What we need for a national settlement strategy that works

October 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Cities, Demographics, Migration, Planning, Regions

By Sue Holliday, Built Environment, UNSW Sydney. Originally published by The Fifth Estate. There is a growing cacophony of calls for a national settlement strategy. What does that mean? Are we all over the exhaustion of daily congestion? Are we fed up with promises of infrastructure that fails to catch up with the growth of […]

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An open letter on rental housing reform

September 25th, 2018 · No Comments · Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing conditions, Law, Tenancy

The right of landlords to terminate a lease with no grounds is the most serious deficiency in residential tenancy laws in New South Wales. Shutterstock Following a review of the New South Wales Residential Tenancies Act 2010 in 2016 and extended consultations, the NSW government has introduced a number of reforms to parliament. Debate is […]

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Lifting the energy efficiency standards of low-cost rentals

September 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Climate change, Government, Housing, Housing conditions, Sustainability, Tax, Wellbeing

By Edgar Liu, City Futures Research Centre. The Australian Senate’s Environment and Communications References Committee recently published the Final Report of its Inquiry on current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure. This came about after extensive community consultation on the back of parliamentary flip-flopping regarding if and how Australia will […]

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A dashboard for the GreenWay

September 3rd, 2018 · No Comments · Bikes, Data, Planning, Public space, Sydney, Transport, Wellbeing

By Alessandra Buxton, Ori Gudes, Chris Pettit and Vandana Mann, City Futures Research Centre. Cycling around Sydney CBD and the surrounding suburbs has been dubbed a dangerous and difficult experience by Sydneysiders. Both Sydney and NSW are at the bottom of their classes in terms of cycling participation rates, with participation declining since 2015 in both greater […]

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Vale Patrick Troy

August 24th, 2018 · No Comments · Guest appearance

Image: Fairfax. By Frank Stilwell. Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Patrick Troy was a passionate advocate for better Australian cities. This was the continuous thread through his activities as an engineer, town planner, urban studies academic, senior federal public servant, author and activist. The pinnacle of his influence was during the Whitlam government […]

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The new national housing agreement won’t achieve its goals without enough funding

July 17th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing supply

By Vivienne Milligan, City Futures Research Centre. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. This month, yet another policy agreement on housing between the Commonwealth and state and territory governments came into effect. The National Housing and Homelessness Agreement is the latest version of a 73-year-long series of such intergovernmental […]

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Can the market provide affordable housing?

July 9th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Marginal rental, Planning, Private rental, Sydney

A new-generation boarding house in Randwick built under AHSEPP, with units that were advertised for $500 a week. By Laurence Troy, Ryan van den Nouwelant and Bill Randolph, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published by The Fifth Estate.  There is an ongoing debate about the best role for the planning system in addressing the shortage […]

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Inclusionary Zoning in Ontario

June 25th, 2018 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Construction, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, International

By Richard Drdla, Richard Drdla Associates, Toronto, Canada. Earlier this year Richard, an expert on planning for affordable housing in North America, wrote us a guest blog post about the Greater Sydney Commission’s affordable rental housing targets. This post discusses the latest developments regarding inclusionary zoning in Ontario, Canada. Richard is a guest speaker at the […]

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Higher density and diversity: apartments are Australia at its most multicultural

June 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Demographics, Guest appearance, Housing, Migration, Strata, Sydney

Image: Marcus Jaaske/Shutterstock By Christina Ho, University of Technology Sydney; Edgar Liu, UNSW, and Hazel Easthope, UNSW. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Increasing numbers of city dwellers live in apartments. This is particularly the case for migrants. And that makes apartment buildings important hubs of multiculturalism in our cities. However, […]

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Why is it so hard to engage communities in healthy city making?

June 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Cities, Planning, Wellbeing

By Susan Thompson, City Futures Research Centre. This article originally appeared in New Planner – the journal of the New South Wales planning profession – published by the Planning Institute of Australia. For more information, please visit: www.planning.org.au/news/new-planner-nsw. Why is it hard to get people from all walks of life and across the age spectrum genuinely involved in planning?  Is there […]

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