Housing pressure escalates in south-east Queensland as Moreton Bay region to exceed Tasmanian population by 2032. South-east Queensland's population is predicted to surge by more than 2 million people within the next two decades and residents living between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast are already feeling the escalating housing pressures.
Key points: Research finds Moreton Bay would need to build another 88,000 homes to accommodate a population surgeThe growth is sparking concerns about a lack of infrastructure and damage to the natural environmentExperts say there needs to be a greater focus on community involvement in the planning stages The Moreton Bay region is one of the fastest growing in south-east Queensland, according to a Queensland government research paper. It is home to 470,000 residents, making it the third largest council in Australia. The trend has no sign of slowing with the ShapingSEQ report forecasting an additional 240,000 residents will call the Moreton Bay region home by 2036. Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in 'within decades' Parts of Victoria and NSW are sweating through an extreme heatwave that started sweeping across Australia's southeast yesterday.
This may seem like just a good excuse to go to the beach, but as the planet warms and summers become longer and less bearable, heatwaves are coming to represent an existential threat to Australian suburbs. Already, heat kills more people in Australia than any other natural disaster, including floods, cyclones and bushfires. Now, faced with the prospect of 50-degree-plus summers, experts say highly urbanised parts of Australia may become unliveable within decades. The race is on to re-imagine, redesign and rebuild the Australian suburb. Car parks may be ripped up and planted with trees and greenery, houses retro-fitted with insulation, roads painted to reflect rather than absorb heat, and supermarkets and even whole suburbs built underground to reduce cooling costs.
One centre of these efforts is Western Sydney, home to more than 2.5 million people. .id the population experts. Australian property bubble hasn't yet burst, but can house prices keep rising amid the pandemic? - ABC News. After years of dire predictions that Australia's property bubble could burst, national house prices continue to withstand the otherwise devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and once again the doomsayers have been proven wrong.
Data released this week from CoreLogic shows the national average rose 0.4 per cent in October, following five months of national declines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every state across Australia (except for Melbourne which suffered the impact of a second COVID lockdown) experienced gains. But how long will the good run last? It's a question I asked AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver, who in late March at the onset of the pandemic in Australia, had warned that house prices could plummet by 20 per cent in a worst-case scenario.
He says over the years regulators and government have always stepped in and introduced measures that stopped the bubble bursting. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has dreams for a $700 billion megacity. This woman wants to stop him - ABC News. Alya Alhwaiti was Saudi Arabia's first female professional equestrian.
Population decline due to coronavirus could cost economy $117b a year, KPMG forecast shows - ABC News. From slums to commission towers, Melbourne has lived with a century of housing challenges - ABC News. How coronavirus could forever change the look and feel of Australia's cities and suburbs. Posted about 3 hours agoSat 11 Apr 2020, 12:13am In just a matter of weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has turned our vibrant modern cities into virtual ghost towns. Calls to cut immigration often ignore Australia's economic and social reality - ABC News. Betio is facing a population crisis, and a sea wall could be its only hope of survival.
By Carly Learson Updated about an hour agoSun 5 Apr 2020, 12:45am Carly Learson is in the Pacific supporting UNFPA, the UN's sexual and reproductive health agency, which seeks to ensure that women, girls and young people have access to essential services, with a special focus on areas impacted by the climate crisis.
On a sandy islet engulfed by greenery, Esther lives under constant threat. Australia's infrastructure 'pipe dream': Can we ever get ahead? There's no need to give up on crowded cities — we can make density so much better. Opinion By Thami Croeser and Lucy Gunn Updated about 3 hours agoTue 18 Feb 2020, 9:58pm The idea that we should decentralise our population has come up many times in Australia.
Recently, the National Farmers' Federation president pushed the notion, calling for a shift to the regions. And the premise is this: city living is unpleasant. We reject this conclusion. The more immediate need is to focus on improving conditions in our major cities. Nightingale inner-city development proposed for Ballarat amid fears of urban sprawl 'social disaster'
Posted about 2 hours agoFri 19 Jul 2019, 11:00pm If Ballarat was a body builder, it would be deep into its bulking stage.
Key Points: Ballarat's population is expected to jump by one-third in next two decadesA researcher has warned the regional city could face "social disaster" if urban sprawl is mismanagedThe council wants more medium-density residential developments in the CBD and better public transport The regional city's population is expected to bulge by a third, or almost 40,000 people, within the next two decades. The number of dwellings in some outer western suburbs, previously home to paddocks and agriculture, is set to jump by as much as 926 per cent.
But as seen in Melbourne's sprawling outer western suburbs, growth on the fringe has consequences for the centre. Developers eye Canberra's largest horse agistment as wide open spaces disappear. Updated about 2 hours agoThu 18 Jul 2019, 11:21pm Every afternoon, serene paddocks in Canberra's north-west are slowly inundated by people quietly calling to their horses, preparing saddles, and making conversation as they pour out feed and water.
Teenagers Lola-Lee-Lou Hoefer-Dunne and Lauren Abbott often catch the bus straight from school to get some riding in while the sun is still up during winter. "It's so close and convenient," Lauren said. "The community's very close and it's a lovely spot — the views and the sunsets you get from here, I can't get them anywhere else. " The area known as Parkwood makes up just some of the land earmarked for development as part of Ginninderry, a project that will see homes for 30,000 residents across four suburbs stretching across the border into New South Wales.
As a result, the open space beyond MacGregor and Holt will be radically transformed. Message in a bottle author, Paul Gilmore, found 50 years after his letter was thrown overboard. Updated about 3 hours agoWed 17 Jul 2019, 10:02pm Fifty years after Paul Gilmore threw a message in a bottle into the Indian Ocean, he's finally had a reply.
But he doesn't know it yet, because he's back at sea. "It's amazing, absolutely incredible," his sister Annie Crossland laughed. "He'll be chuffed to bits. " On November 17, 1969, the then-13-year-old was travelling from his home in England to the other side of the world and set loose a letter seeking a new penpal. On Tuesday this week, that penpal finally wrote back. Living on the fringe can erode our sense of community. Here's how we fix that. Posted about 2 hours agoSat 13 Jul 2019, 12:00am With Australians moving away from the inner city and into more affordable areas on the fringes, many people are missing out on the joy of community, experts say.
Large housing estates, which have been around since the end of World War II, offer a popular alternative to those who see inner-city living as a perpetual pipe dream. But the problem is, they've been designed to fit into a particular financial model, with most families owning a car, urban sociologist Peter Walters says. This, he says, leads to more centralised amenities and residents "having to use their cars for almost everything". "What that means is that very little of what they do is local to their neighbourhood," says Dr Walters, from the University of Queensland. Budget relying on overestimated population growth figures, leading expert says - Politics. Posted about 8 hours agoThu 11 Jul 2019, 5:41pm One of Australia's leading demographers believes the Government's Budget figures overestimate population growth.
Key points: New figures project fewer than 70,000 international students will leave Australia annuallyA leading population expert believes more students will leave, bringing down population growth and putting pressure on the BudgetDespite its pledge to cut migration, the Government projects higher migration this year compared to 2018 A table of migration projection figures released through Senate estimates shows international student departures increasing only marginally over the next four years. But Peter McDonald, a professor of demography at the University of Melbourne, said Australia could expect a surge in departures of students after they finished their degrees.
Global food demand to grow by 15pc by 2028, but real prices face long-term decline: OECD - ABC Rural - ABC News. Agricultural products face booming demand in the decade to 2028, a new report has found. Key points Global demand for food Key points: The OECD and FAO Agricultural Outlook 2019–2028 predicts a 15 per cent increase in worldwide consumptionIt also predicts prices for most commodities will fall by up to 2 per cent, but technology and genetics will increase yieldGlobal trade tensions may also impact upon agricultural investment The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) scenario for the next decade foresees a 15 per cent rise in worldwide consumption.
Sydney housing squeeze prompts push for more medium-density development. Posted about 2 hours agoSun 23 Jun 2019, 9:19pm Laura and Latham Keen were faced with the same choice as many young couples in Sydney — move out or move up. Key points: Jakarta is running out of time to stop itself sinking into the sea. 'Plant factories' needed to grow more food as world population heads towards 10 billion by 2050 - ABC Rural - ABC News. Scientists are exploring taking crops out of the field and growing them in warehouses to develop new varieties capable of feeding 10 billion people by 2050. Plant factories key points Key points: Indoor 'speed breeding facilities' are growing 1,000 plants per square metreResearchers are growing up to six generations of crops in a year instead of just two generationsThe technology has been used on crops including wheat, barley, chickpea, millet, sorghum and quinoa A review in the journal Nature Biotechnology has outlined efforts to harness technology like speed breeding, genome editing, growing crops indoors, and manipulating the temperature and atmosphere to fast-track new varieties of major crops like wheat and corn.
Lead author Lee Hickey, a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, said a suite of new technologies will increasingly be needed to feed the world as resources dwindle. Supplied: Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation Rural Newsletter. Would a coal mine save Kingaroy, or destroy it? Opinion is fiercely divided. The city of Hobart is sprawling out when experts say it should be moving skyward. Updated about an hour agoFri 24 May 2019, 12:28am Steven Burgess has spent the past three decades creating better cities overseas and interstate, consulting on transport and city planning.
Why is Indonesia looking to relocate its capital city and could it really pull it off? Scarborough Beach twin towers development on hold as 3 Oceans explores other options. Posted 11 minutes agoThu 18 Apr 2019, 1:22am The developers of Scarborough's contentious twin towers hotel and apartment development have met with the West Australian Government and officially advised that the project is on hold. The proposal for the north-east corner of Scarborough Beach Road and West Coast Highway had been set to feature towers of 43 storeys and 33 storeys. A map of the fastest growing cities in Australia (2019 update) With the release of the latest population figures from the ABS this week, Glenn gives us the highlights, including a map showing which local government areas are most affected by population changes and a summary of the fastest growing areas, as well as places in population decline.
Sydney is just hanging on as Australia’s largest city, while Camden Council takes the crown as the fastest growing LGA in Australia. Six facts that tell a different immigration story than we hear from politicians. Population growth on agenda at Treasurers' meeting, as Federal Government tries to entice migrants to regional areas - Politics. Updated about 6 hours agoThu 7 Feb 2019, 3:23pm The Federal Government will try to get the states and territories to agree to a plan for population growth at a meeting of treasurers in Canberra today, but some states are sceptical about the Coalition's commitment to delivering on its promises. Is there a Tasmanian way of speaking? - Curious Hobart. Updated about an hour agoWed 6 Feb 2019, 8:03pm Australia is a vast continent with subtle differences in language, use of phrases and pronunciation across the country.
Cow underpass to ensure Illawarra's most fertile dairy won't be wiped out by $630m motorway. Posted 31 minutes agoMon 28 Jan 2019, 9:15pm A massive motorway extension has threatened one of the last remaining dairy farms in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, but a breakthrough has now presented itself in the form of a cow underpass. Catalyst: Future Cities - ABC TV Science. Inequality in India can be seen from outer space. Big Australia: Are we ready? - Four Corners. What's the link between immigration and population? - Politics. Are carbon emissions coming down in Australia? - Fact Check. Population growth needs to be part of the national economic conversation.
Adelaide puts food, not developments at the top of the city-fringe menu. What's the link between immigration and population? - Politics. Victorian election: The truth behind the 'astronomical' $170b in transport promises. Gwalia was frozen in time when residents abandoned it one afternoon. Now, there's new life. How do people living in the tropics stand the hot, humid climate? - Curious Darwin. Roxby Downs, the town built to service BHP's Olympic Dam mine, celebrates 30 years. Our chauffeured children are a problem we can't ignore. NSW live music report shows battles over noise are a symptom of culture versus overpopulation.
Cities are sinking — and experts say we're not doing enough to save them - RN. Melbourne weather: How winds from the north and west create 'change days' - Science News - ABC News. Migrant caravan reaches Mexico City in its quest for Donald Trump's America. Discover the power of place. Chart of the day: Where do migrants to Australia come from? New anthology addresses dearth of diverse voices in Australia's Young Adult literature.
China is changing our cities — but it's not as simple as an 'invasion' or a 'takeover' 'It's beautifully ugly': Warren Kirk is preserving Australian suburbia, one photo at a time - RN. Queensland Government releases key state growth data in bid to build state's future. Matthew Flinders's UK resting place under threat by $101 billion HS2 high-speed rail project. Queensland Government releases key state growth data in bid to build state's future. Charles C. Mann: How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion? Darwin residents explain why they stay in the face of ailing economy, changing community - Curious Darwin. Catalyst: Future Cities - ABC TV Science. Human Population Through Time. The world in 2050(epic) Melbourne's population explosion threatens to create a 'Bangkok situation'
Hobart traffic congestion bad and getting worse, AAA report finds. Traffic congestion getting worse in Australian cities, report finds. Population to be capped around Port Hedland iron ore port due to health concerns - ABC Rural - ABC News. Melbourne to build mini-CBDs to cope with the population boom. Mickleham: What's it like to live in Australia's fastest-growing suburb? Why People Move to Cities. Urbanization and the Megacity - World Population. From toxic dump to wedding venue — how abandoned mines can be reborn. 'Population commission' could rein in housing approvals under Victorian Coalition government. Urbanization and the evolution of cities across 10,000 years - Vance Kite. Population growth explained with IKEA boxes. Urbanisation game. Urbanisation and human wellbeing (Years 8, 10) Australia's worst car commutes show our transport system is feeling the squeeze of bulging cities. North East Link road project design to feature twin tunnels, green bridges, new cycling paths.
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