Peter Newman’s new book is here (Tim Beatley and Heather Boyer, co-authors): Resilient Cities, Second Edition: Overcoming Fossil Fuel Dependence (ISBN: 9781610916851/US$35.00). It shows how we are going in cities around the world in getting rid of fossil fuels and what more we can do. See https://islandpress.org/book/resilient-cities-second-edition
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ABC News, 1 September 2016
The wheels are turning on a cycling revolution across Australia. Electric bicycles, known as e-bikes, have surged in popularity as an increasing number of people ditch driving for pedal power with an electric battery boost.
Canning Accountability, 21 May 2017
When WA Business News announced* in 2015 that a Chinese developer had won a big infill job in Canning, no-one imagined the developer, Sunlong Corporation, would go on to win BIG TIME. In a Council area almost entirely built out but with a huge infill quota to meet, a crucial 25h site became available courtesy of the Housing Authority. Known as the Bentley Regeneration project, at 8kms from the CBD it is remarkably valuable and should have been not only the making of Canning but the key project to prove “density can work” as Perth heads towards a population of 3.5m at 2050.
The Conversation, 5 April 2017
Opposition to proposed road projects has become a feature of state and federal elections. In Western Australia, protests against the Roe Highway Stage 8 escalated just before Christmas 2016. On the eve of the state election, Main Roads WA contractors (acting at the behest of the then Liberal-National government) pushed forward with the destruction of the environmentally significant Beeliar wetlands. This happened despite considerable community opposition. The Labor opposition, now the newly elected government, declared it would halt the construction if elected.
ABC News, 10 February 2017
Drivers will be required to leave a gap of at least one metre when overtaking cyclists under rules to be trialled if WA Labor wins the March State election.
The Conversation, 16 February 2017
The Beeliar Group of professors formed recently to oppose the building of a new highway, called Roe 8, through an important wetland and woodland regional park in Perth’s southern suburbs. They have joined a very active campaign, adding substance to the passion of community activists.
WA Today, 1 February 2017
Uber drivers operating without the correct third party insurance or licence could be financially ruined if their vehicle is in an accident and causes injury, the Department of Transport has warned. Radio 6PR has revealed the riding sharing company has not insisted all its drivers obtain the omnibus licence or commercial vehicle third party insurance which the state government introduced as law in July – prompting fears many are driving illegally, without realising.
Conference at Curtin University includes the launch of the new book People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl(by Annie Matan and Peter Newman, Island Press, Washington DC) which highlights Perth’s shift towards a people city. Officially launched by the Ambassador to Demark, Mr Tom Nørring.
Keynote speaker renowned Danish urban designer Jan Gehl will present “People Cities for the 21st Century”
Key sponsors: CUSP, CRC Low Carbon Living, Climate KIC (WA), Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Land Corp and City of Perth.
Annie Matan will summarise Gehl’s life in urban design before Jan will speak about ‘People Cities for the 21st Century’. Peter Newman and his research team from CUSP will then outline some key findings from their work with the CRC in Low Carbon Living about how the people-oriented approach can lead to low carbon housing, precincts, transport and cities. Speakers will include: Jemma Green, Josh Byrne, Charlie Hargroves, Vanessa Rauland and Greg Morrison.
After lunch there will be a workshop with Professor Holger Walbaum from Climate KIC Europe, Professor of Sustainable Building from Chalmers University, on how low carbon innovations are being created through partnerships between researchers, government and the private sector in Europe and how Australia can forge their own contribution to world-changing innovations.
The Conference and Workshop are free but an RSVP is needed.
The West Australian, 7 January 2017
It was a clear October morning when Greg Prosser joined his weekly group ride, with a strong easterly blowing and a cloudless sky. The Friday ride had almost become a ritual for the Perth schoolteacher — a keen cyclist for the past 25 years. About 45 minutes in, the riders stopped at traffic lights on Nicholson Road in Ferndale. Mr Prosser, 47, had just put in a hard effort and was relieved at the chance to catch his breath. He recalls very little beyond this point because as he took off from the lights, his bicycle crumbled underneath him sending him nose-diving into the kerb.
The Conversation, 21 September 2016
The creative industries – ranging from game development to architecture, media, design and the arts – are a hot issue in urban development. Creative businesses, almost by definition, are innovative. They drive new ideas, people and technologies into the market from the experimental edge. It follows, then, that strategies to make a state, city or town more creative can fuel cultural development, urban regeneration and economic growth.