New report examines housing programs in regional and rural Australia

REGIONAL and rural centres have not been immune from Australia's current housing crisis, with national housing programs and policies having a variable and often muted level of impact in rural and regional housing markets, according to a new study.

The study, investigating the drivers of supply and demand for housing in regional and rural centres and their impacts on the supply of affordable housing, also finds that there has been a lack of analysis of the impact of affordability and housing supply and demand in regional markets.

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Urban Taskforce blames planning system for falling home ownership rates in Australia

A NEW report published by the Organisation for Cooperation and Development (OECD) has reported declining home ownership rates in Australia, with aggregate home ownership rates falling from 71.4 per cent in 1995 to 69.5 in 2003.

Property development industry group, Urban Taskforce, said the OECD research illustrated the high costs of Australia's housing undersupply, with Australia one of five countries among 18 examined where home ownership rates have fallen since the 1990s.

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Opposition environment spokesman outlines vision for cities

THE son of former Victorian Planning Minister Alan Hunt and Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, has outlined a long-term approach to planning Australian cities.

Mr Hunt used an address to the Committee for Melbourne last week to deliver his first in a series of speeches on a long-term planning framework for Australian cities.

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Infrastructure task in Australia is 'daunting': Albanese

HIGHLIGHTING over a decade of underinvestment in infrastructure by the former Howard Government in Australia, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has said that the infrastructure task facing Australia is "daunting."

In a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia last week, Mr Albanese said that infrastructure is becoming more expensive, with the Australian Government unable to meet this challenge alone as it increasingly directs funding towards health and aged care.

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New President for Planning Institute

A TOWN planner who began her career in a North Queensland council nineteen years ago has formally taken over as head of her industry's peak body.

Dyan Currie has taken up the reins of National President of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) at the organisation's 2011 National Congress in Hobart.

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ASBEC calls for a Minister for Cities

THE Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has called for a federal Minister and Department for Cities and Urban Development to support Australia in meeting its urban challenges.

ASBEC, the peak body of leading organisations committed to a sustainable built environment in Australia, released its 'call to action' last Tuesday at the Green Cities 2011 conference in Melbourne.

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Productivity Commission releases draft report examining planning in Australia

A DRAFT report released by the Productivity Commission last month has identified vast differences in the ways all levels of government plan and zone land-uses and assess development proposals.

As part of a COAG agreement that all governments would aim to adopt a common framework for benchmarking, measuring and reporting the regulatory burden on business, the Australian Government requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a benchmarking study into Planning, Zoning and Development Assessments.

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National urban policy essential for Australia's transport system: NTC

THE National Transport Commission (NTC) has strongly supported the need for a national urban policy in its submission to the Australian Government's 'Our Cities' discussion paper.

In its submission, the NTC states that "productivity has been at a standstill or declining for some key indicators for cities," citing that urban congestion is forecast to cost Australia around $20 billion in 2020.

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Planners to be told to adopt 'activist' personas and to create compact cities

PLANNING professionals attending the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) 2011 National Congress will be told to see themselves as 'activists' and to create compact cities that provide for pedestrians and bicyclists.

According to the PIA, the National Congress, to be held in Hobart next week, will discuss the very latest world's best practice in planning.

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Draft National Freight Strategy released for public comment

INFRASTRUCTURE and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese this week released the draft National Land Freight Strategy, calling it a "blueprint for a truly national, integrated and multimodal transport system."

The draft discussion paper states that "productivity and competitiveness… are inhibited by constraints to freight," such as a lack of planning for freight activities, a lack of clarity about the capacity for growth, and poor interoperability across infrastructure networks.

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Public housing at a 'critical juncture'

WITH Australia's population forecast to rise from over 22 million to 35.9 million by 2050, demand for housing will remain high, with any shortage of supply leading to severe problems for low and moderate-income households competing for housing.

According to a bulletin issued by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), public housing is at "a critical juncture in relation to its long-term future", as it faces "a mix of systemic, reputational and ideological challenges to its viability and legitimacy."

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Report identifies land transport links as vital to airports

A NEW report released by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) identifies land transport links to Australia's major airports as being crucial to the further expansion of aviation and its associated economic benefits.

The report, Accessing Our Airports, produced by Booz and Co, reviews land transport access to 12 major airports around Australia and identifies short-, medium- and long-term priority projects for improving land transport to each of the 12 airports.

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Australian Government seeks greater community involvement in airport planning

INFRASTRUCTURE and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese last week announced that Australians are to have a greater say in the planning and operation of airports through the establishment of community aviation consultation groups.

The consultation groups will be established at each capital city airport and at eleven smaller airports across the country, including Moorabbin and Essendon in Melbourne, Bankstown and Camden in Sydney and Townsville and Gold Coast in Queensland.

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