Do Sydneysiders act like noisy galahs?

A recent holiday to Japan had me thinking about Australian birds. Big, noisy birds such as cockatoos, kookaburras and crows. It also had me thinking about how little we value space in Sydney. And I will explain below why I was thinking about these things. I visited Tokyo with my family during September. While in…

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…

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…