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August 21, 2019

CSIRO has recently released its latest report exploring scenarios for Australia’s national outlook.

The report is the culmination of two years of integrated modelling by CSIRO and the expertise of over 50 sceitific, business, academic and non-profit leaders, to examine...

June 12, 2019

ABC news has reported that ghost shops haunt new apartment blocks as a 'perfect storm' hits suburban retailers.

The default development solution in Melbourne is to create poorly designed small ‘retail spaces’ at the ground level of every apartment building. This is boun...

April 26, 2019

It’s easy for Victorian State opposition to criticise the Andrews Government for supposedly underestimating the impact of population growth on our suburbs, but let’s not forget that the majority of Victoria’s growth comes from immigration, which is set by the Federal g...

April 16, 2019

London-based management consultants LEK have forecasts that moves to large-scale remote working across the globe is expected to generate large demands for suburban-based flexible work spaces.

Increasingly, businesses are prioritising more flexible leases over longer-ter...

March 19, 2019

The debate over the role of industrial zoned land in catering for Sydney’s growth continues.

The NSW Urban Taskforce’s latest advocacy paper is campaigning for a new ‘Light Industrial Mixed Use’ zone. The paper is a response to the Greater Sydney Commission’s publicatio...

November 27, 2018

The question of how much weight should be given to development viability often arises in urban planning debates. It is a difficult and controversial topic.

 The Greater Sydney Commission’s paper ‘A Metropolis that Works’ makes a hefty contribution to this topic.

The Pape...

November 14, 2018

Fast growing cities and spiralling unaffordability are making apartment living a more common way of life. However the housing market is largely creating standard apartment commodities, often geared to investors and whilst in Victoria the Better Apartment Standards have...

October 25, 2018


Earlier this week I presented at a forum on the Victorian Government’s new policy to support Enterprise Precincts as hubs for the emerging economy.

The policy is titled ‘Unlocking Enterprise in a Changing Economy’ and it can be found her...

October 3, 2018

New research by the Grattan Institute reveals that average commute distances and times in Melbourne have barely increased over the five years to 2016, even as our population has grown strongly. This is due in no small part to Melbourne's dispersed employment pattern, b...

October 1, 2018

The Foundation for Young Australians has just released the latest in its excellent series of reports on the future of work and its implications for young adults entering the workforce.

The research has revealed that staggering 50% of 25 years-old Australians are yet to...

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