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.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.

Australian property bubble hasn't yet burst, but can house prices keep rising amid the pandemic? - ABC News

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. So, does Dr Oliver still think house prices will dive 20 per cent this year? 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.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has dreams for a $700 billion megacity. This woman wants to stop him - ABC News

For seven years she competed at a professional level. But the determination she showed on horseback has seen her become an enemy to some powerful people in her beloved nation. Now she's living in London and risking her life to speak out against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi Government. After the brutal 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, standing up against the Saudi Government is not for the faint-hearted. Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out.

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.

Betio is facing a population crisis, and a sea wall could be its only hope of survival

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.

There's no need to give up on crowded cities — we can make density so much better

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. 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.

Nightingale inner-city development proposed for Ballarat amid fears of urban sprawl 'social disaster'

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.

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.

Developers eye Canberra's largest horse agistment as wide open spaces disappear

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. " 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.

Message in a bottle author, Paul Gilmore, found 50 years after his letter was thrown overboard

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. "He was so excited," his mother, Carla Elliott, said, although Jyah initially thought the letter was a fake. The ABC tracked down Mr Gilmore through his extended family in Australia and the UK. 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.

Living on the fringe can erode our sense of community. Here's how we fix that

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". 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.

Budget relying on overestimated population growth figures, leading expert says - Politics

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. 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.

Global food demand to grow by 15pc by 2028, but real prices face long-term decline: OECD - ABC Rural - ABC News

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: The NSW Government is encouraging medium-density development by making it easier to subdivide blocksThe Planning Minister sees more terrace-style housing as a way to address Sydney's housing squeezeSome residents oppose the move, fearing the effects of "overdevelopment" They could not afford a freestanding home close to their jobs in the CBD, and did not want to live in a high-rise with their 15-month-old son. The answer for their growing family was a three-bedroom townhouse in Lane Cove, on Sydney's lower north shore, 12 kilometres from the CBD.

"We spent six, seven months looking and we looked at just four townhouses in that time," Mr Keen said. 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.

Would a coal mine save Kingaroy, or destroy it? Opinion is fiercely divided. By Nikola Van de Wetering for Earshot Updated Tue at 2:13amTue 18 Jun 2019, 2:13am The mysterious billboard sits on the edge of a long stretch of highway, a pop of yellow and black against the surrounding scrub. "More mines, more jobs, more future," it proclaims. 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.

Key points: According to the 2016 Census, flats and units make up just 8.6 per cent of dwellingsExperts say the lack of housing in the inner-city is forcing people out to suburbs they don't want to live inHobart's council says it's been receiving and approving more applications for medium-density housing, but developers say heritage restrictions have been a major roadblock But when he moved back to his hometown of Hobart, the engineer and urban strategist was shocked. "When I came back, someone had sort of changed all the settings and filled up one of the most beautiful cities in the world with cars," Mr Burgess said. 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. Six facts that tell a different immigration story than we hear from politicians. Opinion. Population growth on agenda at Treasurers' meeting, as Federal Government tries to entice migrants to regional areas - Politics.

Is there a Tasmanian way of speaking? - Curious Hobart. Updated about an hour agoWed 6 Feb 2019, 8:03pm. 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. Search - Scootle. Migration within China. An urban myth. Changing Nations (The Population Shift) - A Geography Lesson for Year 8/9 - Australian Curriculum Lessons.