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…