Category Archives: Growth

The Strategic Week (no. 4, Friday 15 January 2016) – the week in governance, planning, infrastructure and transport

Welcome to the first edition of The Strategic Week for 2016 – and apologies for the delay in this edition which was meant to appear last week. This edition also covers the period since the appearance of TSW 3 on … Continue reading

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The Strategic Week (no. 3, Friday 18 December 2015) – the week in governance, planning, infrastructure and transport

Introduction Because of today’s announcement of the NSW local government mergers this edition of “The Strategic Week” is being released a day later than usual and the lead item on the mergers is also longer than normal. There is also … Continue reading

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The Strategic Week (no. 2, Thursday 10 December 2015) – the week in governance, planning, infrastructure and transport

Before we begin, a thank-you to all the people who read, liked, shared and commented on the inaugural edition of The Strategic Week – and especially to those who gave me detailed and instructive feedback. Your responses are all greatly … Continue reading

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Getting around Sydney: why orbital public transport matters – part 1

As I noted in my previous post, the recent announcement by the State Government of proposals to develop up to 35,000 new homes south of Campbelltown at Menangle Park, Mount Gilead and Wilton Junction was very short on detail, particularly … Continue reading

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Sydney Metro: where to, south (and north) of the Harbour?

Barangaroo and the Other Proposed Stations While the 2015 NSW budget released earlier this week has confirmed that an additional station will be built as part of the planned Sydney Metro at Barangaroo to service new commercial and residential development there, a … Continue reading

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A tale of three light rail lines (and two to come) – part 3: performance, expansion and concluding comments

What are the key performance characteristics of Australia’s current and planned light rail systems and what are the prospects for their future expansion, as well as for the development of new lines and systems? This is the focus of this … Continue reading

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Sydney Metro – the new poles and wires, and where to for Labor’s transport policies?

For better or for worse, the State Government’s recent victory on power assets means it has both the power and the financial resources to fundamentally reshape Sydney’s public transport infrastructure for the next 30 to 50 years. So instead of continuing my series … Continue reading

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A tale of three light rail lines (and two to come) – part 1

Australian cities have come relatively late to the light rail revival which spread across the globe in the latter decades of the 20th century, but lately they seem to be making up for lost ground. There are now three substantially new or … Continue reading

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Local Government Growing Regional Australia report launched

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) and Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) have just launched a report I co-authored with Dr Robyn Morris and Lucinda Molloy on local government’s role in building strong and sustainable regional capitals and regions. The report, Local … Continue reading

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Last food orders on the urban frontier?

Recently I was asked to comment for a newspaper article on the plight of the last piggery in the Sydney basin, which is under pressure from urban expansion. The piggery is located in the corridor for the South West Rail … Continue reading

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