Green roofs for Australian cities would help reduce flooding and save on bills, study shows

Green roofs for Australian cities would help reduce flooding and save on bills, study shows

Updated May 20, 2018 08:29:25 Photo: An artist’s impression of Melbourne’s green future. (Supplied: City of Melbourne) It’s a bold vision for Australia’s future. The grey roofs of city buildings transformed into a green canopy. City councils — including Sydney and Melbourne — have been nurturing the green roof concept …

Chart of the day: Where to buy the cheapest petrol in the big cities

Chart of the day: Where to buy the cheapest petrol in the big cities

Posted May 17, 2018 10:15:34 It’s official — independent chains sell the cheapest petrol, at least in capital cities. The independents were on average the lowest priced petrol retailers in the five largest capital cities, according to a report released by the Australian Competition Commission (ACCC) this week. Coles Express …

Surf, sand and sunset skylines: Australian cities on Instagram | Cities

Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with a full 40% of its population living in either Melbourne or Sydney: large, sprawling, coastal cities with very different personalities. Factoring in the other state, territory and national capitals – Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Perth and Darwin – …

Suburbia gone sour: the melancholia of Melbourne’s milk bars – in pictures | Cities

Milk bars – or corner shops – were once an icon of Australian suburbia. Many were established by immigrants half a century ago, but recent gentrification has seen them replaced by restaurants and chain stores. Designer Jimi Connor has documented their decline Source link

Stadium wars: the comedy of errors behind Sydney’s shiny new plans | Cities

At the heart of the comedy of errors that has become known as the Sydney “stadium wars” lurks a deep and particular insecurity. Sydney hosts 14 professional men’s football teams, which is a lot in anybody’s books. Its main football venues, however, are a problem: two vast, creaking stadiums nobody …

Too many cars, too few supermarkets: how Australia’s cities really stack up | Cities

With five cities in the top 20 of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual global liveability survey, Australia boasts some of the most attractive urban environments in the world. In the most recent edition, Melbourne was declared the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year running, with Adelaide fifth, Perth …

Bin chickens: the grotesque glory of the urban ibis – in pictures | Cities

Tip turkey, dumpster chook, rubbish raptor – the Australian white ibis goes by many unflattering names. But it is a true urban success story, scavenging to survive in cities across Australia as wetlands have been lost. Wildlife photographer Rick Stevens captured them in Sydney Source link

Australian Cities Week: what it is and how you can get involved | Cities

Australia’s cities face challenges as distinct as their characters, but one is consistent across all of them: change. The nation of nearly 25 million has one of the highest rates of population growth of any OECD country, overwhelmingly focused on its cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in particular. …

House prices fall in the big cities but rise in the regions and Hobart

House prices fall in the big cities but rise in the regions and Hobart

Posted April 03, 2018 10:03:37 Photo: Houses in Sydney have recorded some of the largest price declines over the past year. (ABC News: Michael Janda) Regional property markets are now starting to consistently outperform the major capital cities, as retiring baby boomers look for a sea change and younger households …

Olympic Games’ rising costs forcing many cities to baulk at being hosts

Olympic Games’ rising costs forcing many cities to baulk at being hosts

Updated March 01, 2018 10:13:36 Photo: The UK spent almost $16b to host the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy) Hosting the Olympics is now a hard sell. Prohibitive costs and a question mark over the event’s impact in today’s fragmented media landscape has aspirational cities wondering if …