03
May 16

Smart Cities Plan – what does a 30 minute city mean for light rail?

Australian cities continue to grow, and while this is a good thing it presents us with challenges, such as congestion, traffic and pollution to our natural environment. As urban sprawl increases, residents are moving further and further away from the city. This becomes a problem when they are trying to commute to the same places … Continue reading Smart Cities Plan – what does a 30 minute city mean for light rail?

28
Apr 16

Sydney Light Rail boosts George Street land values

Land values have soared since the announcement of the light rail upgrade on Sydney’s George Street according to Colliers International, with rental rates increasing by more than $5,000 – $5,500 per square metre. Associate Director, Retail Leasing, Mark Hudson recently told The Sydney Morning Herald: “Historically Pitt Street Mall has been the most desired location … Continue reading Sydney Light Rail boosts George Street land values

28
Jul 15

Video: What Will the White Paper Mean for Northern Australia?

The white paper on developing northern Australia was released last month and promises to unlock the region’s opportunities through building roads, developing water resources, removing red tape, building a sustainable workforce and ensuring effective governance arrangements. Northern Australia encompasses 40% of the country’s land mass and is already home to over one million people. Now, … Continue reading Video: What Will the White Paper Mean for Northern Australia?

22
Jun 15

Will Abbott’s White Paper Finally Allow Northern Australia to Reach its Potential?

The government’s white paper  on developing northern Australia was released late last week, unveiling Abbott’s plan to transform the north into an “economic powerhouse”. The paper sets out to achieve its plans for the north by 2035, delivering an initial $1.2 billion investment in addition to the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility announced last … Continue reading Will Abbott’s White Paper Finally Allow Northern Australia to Reach its Potential?

27
Apr 15

‘Broader and Deeper Application of Biodiversity Offsetting’ On the Way

Significant change to biodiversity offsetting regulations is undoubtedly on the way – but what exactly these changes will entail still remains unclear. Late last year, the NSW Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel made a total of 43 recommendations in its report. The Coalition government had pledged to adopt all 43 should they be re-elected, just … Continue reading ‘Broader and Deeper Application of Biodiversity Offsetting’ On the Way

30
Mar 15

Uncertainty Continues over the Future of Research Infrastructure

Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s decision to split the education bill has handed the NCRIS a year of respite and saved thousands of jobs for a little while longer. A decision which was far from expected was relief to the ears for all those in the research space but uncertainty continues to linger on the future … Continue reading Uncertainty Continues over the Future of Research Infrastructure

28
Oct 14

Red-tape repeal blitz promises $426 million savings for project approvals

A boon for major projects, according to The Australian, Business Spectator “Tony Abbott will today announce the abolition of almost 1000 acts and regulations and 7210 pages of legislation and regulation, ahead of the spring repeal day next Wednesday”. Included in the latest repeal blitz is the streamlining of environmental approvals and assessment with the … Continue reading Red-tape repeal blitz promises $426 million savings for project approvals

02
Sep 14

Key challenges for improving the UK highway infrastructure

Australia can often benefit from looking over to the neighbouring countries’ lifestyles & decision making processes, adapting approaches and solutions. Whether it is a health system, education or road infrastructure, borrowing and adopting concepts from overseas can assist Australians in improving local situation. Please welcome, Jason Russell, the UK Assistant Director at Surrey County Council, sharing his … Continue reading Key challenges for improving the UK highway infrastructure