Australian cities are crying out for better planning, but the research funding is missing

1 Mar 2018

Although 90% of our population lives in cities, Australia lacks a national urban policy and our government provides insufficient funding for urban sustainability projects.

Good urban planning is important for a number of reasons. Australian cities face the possibility of significant disasters due to climate change. Air pollution kills 3,000 people a year. A housing price crisis has taken hold. Reports on the energy and oil vulnerability of Australian cities are disquieting. And food and water security often seem like policy afterthoughts.

Despite these major concerns, little funding has been provided for urban planning research, and the distribution of this funding is uneven.

This article appeared on the Conservation on 23 February 2018. Its co-authors include Dr Dorina PojaniJaime Olvera-Garcia and Professor Neil Sipe.

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