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The regeneration of inner-city areas is a global challenge. Inner cities in France certainly have their problems, but the nation also has a good record of successful major urban regeneration projects.
Melbourne’s strategic planning history has largely overlooked the contribution of Ruth and Maurie Crow, who were early champions of functional mix and compact urban development.
The population of people aged 65 and over in Australia is projected to grow from 3.7 million to 8.7 million by 2056. Cities, towns and housing need to be designed to help people stay at home as they age.
Locals are quickly learning how to resist proposals they don’t agree to – and reclaim the city they call home.
Whatever the drivers, significant and lasting shifts are shaking the foundations of home ownership. The effects are far-reaching and could undermine both the financial and wider well-being of all Australian households.
Migrants have benefited incumbent Australians by raising incomes, increasing innovation, contributing to government budgets, smoothing over population ageing and diversifying our social fabric. But it is also true that immigration is affecting house prices and rents.
Infrastructure Australia has called for metropolitan-scale governance of Australia’s largest cities.
While many challenges remain, central Melbourne’s transformation since the 1980s is now a global success story.
Under the current policy settings consumers are not getting the full range of benefits from the smart meter rollout.
Despite the harms of secondhand smoke, only New South Wales tackles the issue of smoking in its strata law. In all other Australian jurisdictions, residents and owners are left confused about their rights and responsibilities.
Australia needs to change the way it assesses potential infrastructure projects, to ensure that governments can better understand which road and rail projects are worth building.
The sustainability of our buildings is coming under scrutiny, and “green” rating tools are the key method for measuring this.