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Affordable housing, finger-pointing politics and possible policy solutions

Richard Tomlinson , University of Melbourne In the first article reviewing The Conversation’s many articles on housing issues, the commentary about fiscal and supply-side issues was consistent. The same is not true for affordable housing due to the diversity of affordability issues. The issues have to do with the complexity and scale of the affordability problems and possible policies discussed in Conversation articles since January 2016. As it...

Stumbling into the future: living with the legacy of the great infrastructure sell-off

Phillip O'Neill , Western Sydney University This is the fourth article in The Conversation's series Making Cities Work . It considers the problems of providing critical infrastructure and how we might produce the innovations and reforms needed to meet 21st-century needs and challenges. The privatisation of urban infrastructure in Australia is an ironic story. The vehicles of urban infrastructure – the utilities and the state-owned enterprises –...

Melbourne's National Employment and Innovation Clusters take another step toward reality

A trio of National Employment and Innovation Clusters now have their framework plans in place and available for viewing, advancing their prospects of becoming enhanced employment hubs in the medium term. Released by the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, the Sunshine, Monash and La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Clusters are now a step closer to reality. Centred around medical, research and tertiary institutions across Melbourne,...

What a difference a month makes, but Victoria can still do more to get housing and planning right

Katrina Raynor , University of Melbourne and Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years . This is perhaps the most visible outcome of the lack of affordable housing options. Only 1% of advertised rental properties in the metropolitan area are affordable for...

Owner-occupiers prioritised over investors in Spring Street's new housing policy direction

Changes to first home buyer incentives, alteration of the relationship between stamp duty and off-the-plan purchases, a new vacant housing tax and re-prioritising owner-occupiers over investors are all crystallised in Spring Street's Homes for Victorians . Having spent its first two years in government resetting planning & development market fundamentals through initiatives like Capital City Zone reforms and the structure planning process...

Habitat III is over, but will its New Urban Agenda transform the world's cities?

The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

iCities: World Class CBDs conference kicks off Monday 24th

On Monday 24th of October, the iCities: World Class CBDs series conference kicks off. First held in Kuala Lumpur, this year's conference is to be held at the Langham Hotel on Southbank. iCities is owned and operated by iProperty Group, a network property under the REA Group umbrella brand. Over two days, the conference will focus on the importance of city development and the opportunities to innovate and integrate the infrastructure of a city,...

Richard Wynne to speak on design policy at MPavilion this evening

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne will speak later on today at MPavilion as part of a discussion regarding Melbourne's architectural design and the policy which guides it. The event is set for a 6:15pm start this evening, and is free for those wanting to attend. In light of recent discussion surrounding apartment design standards, the direction of Fishermans Bend and so on, Minister Wynne's attendance for the event titled High Density...

What to do with the extra Port of Melbourne proceeds? A wishlist

Victoria's treasury after October 31st will have a large injection of cash with the announcement on Monday that the Port of Melbourne has been leased to the Lonsdale Consortium on a 50-year term. The lease that the Lonsdale Consortium, comprised of organisations QIC , GIP , OMERS and the Future Fund , has signed is worth more than $9.7 billion to the state and to top it off, more money on top of the sale value is expected to flow to the...

Habitat III: the biggest conference you’ve probably never heard of

Hayley Henderson , University of Melbourne ; Alexei Trundle , University of Melbourne ; André Stephan , University of Melbourne ; Hesam Kamalipour , University of Melbourne , and Melanie Lowe , University of Melbourne More than 25,000 delegates will meet in Quito, Ecuador, in October to set out the United Nations' New Urban Agenda for member states. The Habitat III conference will mandate the UN’s work in cities and settlements for the next 20...

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Development & Planning

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 06:00
City of Monash planners have recommended that Singapore-backed Frasers Property Australia along with project partner Commercial & Industrial Property (CIP) be allowed to proceed with a multi-staged commercial development that would become one of suburban Melbourne's largest.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 00:00
Richard Tomlinson , University of Melbourne In the first article reviewing The Conversation’s many articles on housing issues, the commentary about fiscal and supply-side issues was consistent. The same is not true for affordable housing due to the diversity of affordability issues.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 07:00
35 Spring Street has been anointed as one of Melbourne's elite high density residential projects. Developer Cbus Property is rightfully making note of the project's completion, with Planning Minister Richard Wynne recently officially opening the $350 million development. The project has drawn inspiration from equivalent park-front projects in New York, and holds views over Treasury Gardens that can never be built out.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.