Why is Sydney enjoying the high life?

There was a time when high-rise buildings were the natural enemy of community activists. They were practically seen as the devil’s spawn – local character-destroying intruders which were the work of supposedly money-hungry developers. However, the recent statistics shows that, surprisingly, there may be some common ground when it comes to high-rise buildings between your average…

Are granny flats a housing solution?

Sydney property owners are making big money out of their backyards, with the number of granny flats and new dual occupancy developments jumping by nearly 20 per cent in just one year. The latest NSW Government Local Development Performance Monitoring 2012-13 report was released earlier this month and gives an important health check into the…

High-rise has always had its NIMBYs

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the phrase ‘NIMBY’ – meaning a ‘Not in My Backyard’ resident activist – first appeared in the early 1980s. For this reason, many people assume that neighbourhood action groups – who fight development in their street or suburb – are a relatively recent phenomenon. It’s an assumption which is wrong.…

Outer Sydney employment a big issue

A few months ago, an important report which analysed and compared the performance of Australia’s four big cities was released with remarkably little fanfare. The November 2013 report was called ‘Population growth, jobs growth and commuting flows – a comparison of Australia’s four largest cities’. Prepared by the Commonwealth Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional…