Australia

'Suburban Landscape', Melbourne

Growing divide between where people live and work: Grattan Institute

THE divide between where people live and work in Australian cities is growing, with most new jobs being created close to city centres while most population growth is occurring in the outer suburbs, according to a new book from the Grattan Institute.

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Kings Cross, Sydney

CCCLM releases updated Night Time Economy Report

THE National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee, a committee of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM), has released updated research showing healthy growth in the Australian night time economy (NTE).

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A Sea of People, Victoria Street, Richmond

'Governments and private investors will fly blind without census': PIA

THE nation's peak body representing the urban and regional planning profession has responded to reports that the five-yearly census conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) might be scrapped by calling for better resourcing of and improvements to Census collection processes.

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Apartment building under construction in Brisbane

Residential approvals fall slightly in December 2014

FOLLOWING an upwardly revised gain of 7.7 per cent in November, the number of new dwellings approved in December 2014 decreased by 3.3 per cent, in seasonally adjusted terms, according to the latest figures released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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New housing in southern Wollongong suburb of Berkeley

Dwelling approvals increase by 7.5 per cent in November 2014

FOLLOWING an upwardly revised gain of 11.5 per cent in October, the number of new dwellings approved in November 2014 increased by 7.5 per cent, in seasonally adjusted terms, according to the latest figures released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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Sydney Airport

New ABS data shows slowing migration for half the states and territories

POPULATION growth due to overseas migration has slowed in Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory in the year to June 2014, according to new figures released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

"Compared with last year, population gains from migration were lower by almost 20,000 people for WA or a drop of close to 40 per cent," said ABS Director of Demography, Denise Carlton.

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Population density 1km² grid - August 2011 - Melbourne and Sydney

ABS releases new 'square kilometre population grid' data

TWENTY-ONE square kilometres of Sydney has a population density greater than 8,000 people per square kilometre, according to the newly-released square kilometre population grid from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which confirms Sydney as the nation's most densely populated area.

By contrast, there is only one square kilometre in Melbourne that has a population density greater than 8,000 and no other cities in Australia have a density of this scale. At the next level down, Sydney has 93 square kilometres with a population density of between 5,000 to 8,000 people per square kilometre, compared to Melbourne's 33 square kilometres and Brisbane's 3 square kilometres.

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Henley Beach Storm Damage

Time to get serious about rising sea levels: PIA

THE Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is calling for all spheres of government to show leadership when it comes to dealing with the impacts of rising sea levels, saying that a range of recent decisions demonstrates politics taking precedent over globally-recognised science.

In a statement last week, PIA Chief Executive and Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council's Resilience Strategy Task Group, Kirsty Kelly, said that climate change is real, and planning has a crucial role to play in dealing with the anticipated impacts.

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Capella, Queensland

More than 400 proposals received for first round of $1bn National Strong Regions Fund

AUSTRALIAN Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has welcomed 405 proposals from not-for-profit entities and local governments under the first round of the Australian Government's new $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.

"The Australian Government is pleased to have created this landmark programme which has attracted proposals from all the states and territories across the country," Mr Truss said in a statement last week.

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Australia seen from space at night

Two more issues papers released to inform the White Paper on the Reform of the Federation

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week announced that two more issues papers – on health and housing and homelessness – have been released to inform the White Paper on the Reform of the Federation.

In a statement, Mr Abbott said the issues papers will promote discussion ahead of the White Paper and were developed in consultation with the States and Territories and the Australian Local Government Association.

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House construction

Dwelling approvals up 11.4 per cent in October

FOLLOWING a revised fall of 8.0 per cent in September, the number of new dwellings approved in October increased by 11.4 per cent, in seasonally adjusted terms, according to the latest figures released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

A total of 17,062 dwellings were approved in October, compared to seasonally adjusted totals of 15,321 in September and 17,258 in August. When compared to the same month in 2013, the number of dwellings approved in October 2014 was up by 2.5 per cent, in seasonally adjusted terms.

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M2 Motorway, Sydney

New members appointed to Infrastructure Australia Board

AUSTRALIAN Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss last week announced the appointment of John Ellice-Flint and Gabrielle Trainor to the Infrastructure Australia Board, with both members to commence their three-year terms immediately.

Mr Truss said Mr Ellice-Flint and Ms Trainor will enhance Infrastructure Australia's role identifying nationally significant infrastructure projects and the economic and procurement reforms needed to enable Australia's governments to fund these projects.

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