Planning Institute calls for population study to drive regional planning

Australia's peak planning body is calling for a comprehensive study into changing settlement patterns in the regions to drive a strategic planning approach to regional development.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) says reasons behind population concentration in capital cities and the changing fortunes of rural and regional centres need to be better understood if the Australian economy is to compete on a global scale.

PIA President Neil Savery said better planning in rural and regional Australia can only be done with better knowledge of environmental, social and cultural drivers of population change and settlement patterns.

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Australian Government releases discussion paper on national urban policy

THE Australian Government has released a discussion paper on national urban policy in Australia. 'Our Cities - building a productive, sustainable and liveable future' sets out the Australian Government's thinking on a national approach to urban development and the challenges that must be addressed in cities.

The purpose of the discussion paper is to frame the Australian Government's policy approach to cities as the basis for a National Urban Policy to be released in 2011. It will establish national directions and objectives for our cities to prepare for the future.

The discussion recognises the importance of good planning and governance and aims to stimulate a national discussion on the outcomes we need for our cities. The report is open for public comment and feedback until 1 March 2011.

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Australian Parliament approves reforms to airport planning

FEDERAL Parliament this week approved reforms to airport planning that aim to "empower local communities and improve transparency around the long term development plans at the nation's major airports".

Announcing the reforms, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, said the changes "complement our major cities agenda by providing national leadership when it comes to planning the future of our major airports."

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Involve residents in decisions: Grattan Institute

THE Grattan Institute last month released the report 'Cities: Who Decides?', authored by Jane-Frances Kelly, with a focus on who makes decisions about our cities and how they are made. The report investigates city-level decision making in eight cities that have significantly improved in serving a broad range of their residents' needs.

The report examines the governance arrangements of Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Austin, Dublin and Copenhagen and finds several common themes:

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Australian governments commit to new national cycling strategy

AUSTRALIA'S Transport Ministers have endorsed the Australia National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016. The Australian Transport Council of Federal, State and Territory Transport Ministers, which met in Melbourne, endorsed the strategy on Friday.

The Council said it was "serious about tackling climate change and traffic congestion as well as encouraging healthier lifestyles in our cities and regional communities." They added that the strategy is ambitious and highlights the commitment that federal, state and territory governments have in aiming to minimise climate change and congestion.

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Property industry alliance calls for a national urban strategy

The Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) alliance has called for a National Urban Strategy to promote economic growth and liveable and environmentally sustainable cities.

The BEMP alliance, which includes Consult Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Green Building Council of Australia, the Planning Institute of Australia and the Property Council of Australia, have highlighted the need for a long-term, coordinated and cooperative approach to Australia's cities.

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New policy framework aims to boost active transport and save lives

A PARTNERSHIP of organisations from the health, transport and local government sectors this week today launched a new policy framework, 'An Australian Vision for Active Transport', setting out a nine point plan for a national approach to boosting participation in walking, cycling and public transport.

The five groups - The Australian Local Government Association, Bus Industry Confederation, Cycling Promotion Fund, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the International Association of Public Transport – say that a sustainable and healthy future for Australia requires action to encourage more Australians to use active transport.

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Planning Institute calls for policies to recognise 'good planning'

THE Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) yesterday called for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to "outline their respective positions on the value of good planning in the creation of a successful and sustainable nation."

With the election only 17 days away and with population management a key election issue, PIA National President, Neil Savery, said "the current election campaign provides an excellent opportunity for both the Federal Government and the Federal Opposition to recognise the value of good planning by including it in policy announcements."

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Disability-friendly housing standards promoted

THE housing industry, disability sector and community have agreed to an aspirational target that all new homes will be built to disability-friendly Livable Housing Design standards by 2020.

The standards, announced last week, are the outcome of the National Dialogue on Universal Design, convened by Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten last year, which aims to improve the availability of Livable Housing.

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Minister for Sustainable Population announces population advisory panels

The Minister for Sustainable Population, Tony Burke, last week announced the membership of the three panels to advise on sustainable population issues.

The panels are the first step in establishing an open national dialogue on the Gillard Government's Sustainable Population Strategy.

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New KPMG report assesses capital city planning systems

BUILT Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) last month released a report by KPMG that assesses and reviews capital city planning systems. The report is in response to recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reforms to capital city strategic planning systems.

Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) is an alliance of leading property industry groups, comprising the Property Council of Australia (PCA), Australian Institute of Architects, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), Consult Australia and the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA). BEMP conducts an annual summit – focusing on the built environment – between parliamentarians and the property and building industry.

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