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The Strategic Week (no. 5, Thursday 21 January 2016) – the week in governance, planning, infrastructure and transport

Governance IPART seeks to reduce regulatory burden on NSW councils… The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking feedback on 49 recommendations to reduce the regulatory burdens that the NSW Government imposes on local government contained in a just-released draft … 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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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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Seven things O’Farrell should do in the first 100 days

There is no doubt that Mr O’Farrell and his party scored an emphatic victory in the NSW election, rewriting the record books in the process. While the main factor in the result was the electorate’s obvious dissatisfaction with the performance of … Continue reading

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You call that an amalgamation? THIS is an amalgamation!

Recently I was involved in a project undertaken by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, studying examples of amalgamations and other forms of council consolidation across Australia and New Zealand. The largest amalgamation we looked had around 320,000 … Continue reading

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Sydney, population growth – and the rise of “mega-councils” (part 5 – conclusions)

In the first four posts in this series I looked at the distribution of Sydney’s forecast population growth across local government areas and in particular the projected increase in the number of councils with populations over 200,000, from two in … Continue reading

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Sydney, population growth – and the rise of “mega-councils” (part 4)

In this post I’ll try to put the “mega-councils” story in the broader context of Sydney’s forecast population growth by looking at population increases growth rates rather than the resulting  size of the councils themselves, though obviously there is a … Continue reading

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Sydney, population growth – and the rise of “mega-councils”

If you were told that by 2036 the number of councils in Sydney with populations of more than 200,000 would be seven times the number today, you might be forgiven for thinking that these forecasts were based on some fairly … Continue reading

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Western Sydney a winner in Transport Inquiry interim report

In my last post I outlined the governance arrangements outlined in the interim report of the Independent Public Inquiry into Sydney’s public transport which I had a small role in developing. Now I’d like to summarise the Inquiry’s proposals for … Continue reading

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