23
Jan 18

Toolkit for town centre renewal

Fostering an economically vibrant town centre is a complex challenge. Those involved in revitalising and renewing need to deliver initiatives that will help centres grow into economically and socially vibrant places. The Committee for Sydney is developing a toolkit to help guide the renewal of suburban town centres across Sydney. As stated by the Committee … Continue reading Toolkit for town centre renewal

23
Jun 16

Realities of negotiating a good outcome for the future – long term open space planning

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Understanding and explaining the true values of open space/green space is the key role of the open space planner/network planner at strategic land negotiations. The value of open space/green space is NOT always implicit to a developer or council – only the cost of developing and maintaining the open space. Often we are asked questions … Continue reading Realities of negotiating a good outcome for the future – long term open space planning

15
Jun 16

Overcoming funding and delivery challenges for community infrastructure

Integrated community facilities are a vital component of creating healthy communities, supporting social inclusion and enhancing the wellbeing of local residents. Communities with access to high quality social infrastructure have better access to services and more opportunities to participate in community life. But there are challenges with funding, governing and delivering integrated community infrastructure. Key … Continue reading Overcoming funding and delivery challenges for community infrastructure

23
May 16

The Role of Political and Financial Factors in the Provision of Parks: The Case of Logan City, Queensland

Researchers have found that open space provision (e.g. parkland) is vitally important for meeting the social, economic and environmental needs of urban populations globally. The international literature on park provision identifies many factors that influence a local government’s ability to provide adequate parkland including political agendas, governance tools and resources. The Role of Political and … Continue reading The Role of Political and Financial Factors in the Provision of Parks: The Case of Logan City, Queensland

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

08
Apr 16

The turbulent river of opposition to higher density housing

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I want to explain about the turbulent river of so-called NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) behaviour and opposition to higher density housing and its two tributaries: 1. Insensitive housing design that reflects a lack of understanding of the significance of “home” in our lives; and 2. Insensitive community engagement processes that are inadequate in … Continue reading The turbulent river of opposition to higher density housing

29
Feb 16

How to improve the quality of apartment living

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High-rise apartment towers are being built in central Melbourne at four times the maximum densities allowed in Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo – some of the highest density cities in the world. According to research conducted by Leanne Hodyl, 2014 Churchill Fellow, increasing the supply of housing in the central city close to jobs … Continue reading How to improve the quality of apartment living