A 40 per cent increase in Perth traffic by 2020 predicted by the Federal Government could lead to chaos on the city’s roads, with congestion tipped to add an extra eight minutes to a 20km journey.
The Federal Bureau of Transport and Regional Services said Perth would suffer the second-highest rate of traffic growth of all Australian cities, well above the 33 per cent national average.
Traffic chaos tipped by 2020 : thewest.com.au.
Demolition of giant storage tanks is the first sign of progress in the largest waterfront development in the history of Auckland.
The tanks have been used since the mid-1970s at the BP Lubricants Auckland production centre at Wynyard Pt, also known as the Tank Farm.
Waterfront tanks starting to come down – 25 Feb 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news.
Queen Street upgrade in National Awards
Auckland’s controversial Queen Street upgrade is up for a prestigious national design award.
The multi-million dollar makeover of New Zealand’s busiest street is among a record number of entries competing for an award from the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA).
A total of 97 entries have been received for the 2008 NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Awards, almost double the 50 that took part last time the biennial event was held in 2006.
Scoop: Queen Street upgrade in National Awards.
Wellington Airport’s new $39 million international passenger terminal has been designed to look like rocks, echoing its location on Wellington’s south coast.
The building, designed by Wellington architects Studio Pacific Architecture, and Christchurch’s Warren and Mahoney, is the second stage of refurbishments and due to be finished by 2009.
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AUSTRALIANS could buy a stake in the protection of endangered tropical forests under a groundbreaking scheme being devised by former Australian of the Year Tim Flannery.
Professor Flannery — Australia’s most prominent environmental campaigner — wants to set up an internet-based carbon market with a pilot scheme to be run in Papua New Guinea.
In a paper prepared for Professor Garnaut, Professor Flannery says 20% of global carbon emissions come from the wholesale destruction of tropical forests, so preservation must be part of any effective response to climate change.
Read more @ The Age – Flannery’s plan: buy forests to help environment – Environment
A debate over city growth has emerged after a housing affordability survey released this week recommended freeing up more land for houses.
Demographia‘s fourth annual survey found New Zealand houses more unaffordable than those in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Britain and Australia.
Read more @ Paradise or purgatory: Urban sprawl in spotlight – NZ Herald
Auckland mayor John Banks has attacked a city developer and his plans for five apartment blocks on the water’s edge at Orakei.
As resource consent hearings for the development started, Mr Banks took the unusual step of issuing a statement to the Herald criticising the proposal and developer Tony Gapes’ company, the Redwood Group.
“The visual aspect is frightening, and the developer’s assertion this will be a quality project is hard to believe, Mr Banks said.
“Artist impressions of these flash glass and concrete boxes ring hollow in the face of past buildings from Redwood Group.”
He was referring to the bulky Scene One, Scene Two and Scene Three apartments blocks in downtown Auckland and the leaky Eden One and Eden Two townhouse blocks in Mt Eden.
Developer’s vision is frightening, says mayor – 22 Jan 2008 – Residential property news – NZ Herald.