Fire-safe designs for the future – theage.com.au

  Geoff Maslen of The Age reports

“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?

Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”

[SOURCE: theage.com.au - Fire-safe designs for the future]

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Get ready Sydney: high-rise suburbs coming – smh.com.au

Sydney Morning Herald reports that “SYDNEY will be reinvented as a high-density metropolis serviced by mass-transit subways under a transport blueprint being developed by senior state and federal government bureaucrats.

Powerful new legislation underpinning a proposed metro network costing $13 billion will enable transport and planning officials to reshape the inner suburbs of Sydney, paving the way for apartment towers as high as 15 storeys as well as large-scale retail and office blocks.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE smh.com.auGet ready: high-rise suburbs coming]

How city living fights the waistband sprawl

Sydney Morning Herald reports

“THE closer you live to the city, the better chance you have of being trim, a study of Sydney suburbs has found.

University of NSW researchers, in conjunction with the NSW Department of Health, examined residents in 40 local government areas across Sydney.

They found those living in the outer suburbs were 30 to 50 per cent more at risk of being overweight and 40 to 60 per cent less likely to be physically active than their inner-city counterparts.”

read the full article at the SOURCE:  smh.com.au – Health – LifeAndStyle

How the west was renovated – smh.com.au

The Sydney Morning Herald reports

“Life in Sydney’s western suburbs is being transformed by the arrival of master planned estates, at least for those who can afford it, writes Michael Duffy.”

Read more of the 7 page special at the [SOURCE: How the west was renovated - National - smh.com.au].

Melbourne urban sprawl may grow with new outer ring road – The Age

The Age reports

“MELBOURNE(Australia) might continue to sprawl to the west, with a potential shift of the city’s urban growth boundary revealed in plans for a new ring road.

The outer metropolitan ring road, which will also include a rail link, will run in an arc from Avalon Airport to the Hume Highway.

The road is set to be included in the State Government’s transport plan, due out within days.”

SOURCE: The Age.com.au – Melbourne urban sprawl may grow with new outer ring road.

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