Pedestrian Infrastructure

In a nation facing unprecedented population growth, increasing urbanisation (and with it, suburbanisation), and the ever-present spectre of climate change, clever solutions are needed to address these disparate issues in a comprehensive and holistic way. While advances in technology, developments in housing and transit infrastructure, and investment in the construction industry certainly play their part in ensuring a sustainable future for Australia, perhaps some solutions need not be so novel. Some solutions – in place, in one way or another, since humans first came together to form communities – truly start at the ground level.

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Australia’s Green Transport

As one of the main contributors to global warming, Australia’s transport is responsible for about 20 per cent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. A litre of petrol produces about 2.5 kg of greenhouse gases, while motor vehicle usage generates much of Australia’s local air pollution and smog, and about 90 per cent of the country’s carbon monoxide emissions.

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Storm on the Coastline

The furore over Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to develop the Prelude liquefied natural gas venture and explore for oil and gas in the Exmouth basin off the north-west coast of Western Australia – within 50km of the world-famous Ningaloo reef – has again polarised industry and society on the issues of the extent to which natural wonders should be protected from or subservient to resource exploitation.

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Making Sense of Management

Management is the art, or science, of getting things done through people. Sounds fairly straightforward – except for the fact that people are not robots waiting to do our bidding. People have their own minds, motivations, and goals. So how do managers keep operations – and the people behind them – running as planned?

January 18, 2019, 3:25 AM AEDT