.id insight newsletter - August 2015


How long does it take to build a city?

In Christchurch last week, almost everyone I talked to about the post-earthquake rebuild made the comment, "it seems to be taking forever". And I wondered, how long does it take to build a city? Probably not as long as it takes to re-build a city.

The thing about a catastrophic earthquake is that it destroys not only that which is visible (the buildings and bridges above the ground), but also that which is invisible (the underground infrastructure of the city). The progress of fixing wastewater infrastructure, for example, is not at all visible or as exciting as seeing new buildings going up.

It is eerie to walk around the city centre of Christchurch at night with its apocalyptic atmosphere. At 11pm, I followed the strange sound of joyous music to find a lone couple dancing beautifully to Frank Sinatra on the ‘dance-o-mat’ – a public coin-operated dance floor! This relates to the other invisible impact of a disaster – effect on the psyche of the people. But when you see things like the pop-up container mall Re-Start and the public dance floor, you have to take your hat off to the Christchurchians, they are resilient and defiant.

And finally, it does take forever to build a city because by their nature they are constantly evolving and it is a common mistake to think of our cities as finished or complete.

Here is a fascinating article in Vanity Fair about what lies below New York City: What lies beneath





Economic development

How housing affordability can play a role in economic development

Housing affordability is typically considered a social issue and is given limited attention in many economic development strategies. Research by .id shows that if housing is no longer affordable for lower income workers or Key Workers such as teachers, nurses and cleaners, then this will have an impact on the productivity of a place because the local economy needs Key Workers to function.

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slow population growth

Population matters

Forecasting slow growing areas for service provision

It’s a common misconception that all metro local government areas in Australia are rapidly growing – and many are – but a key use of population forecasts is understanding how communities will change in the future and what this means for service provision. All local councils, big or small, fast or slow growing, need this information as it provides the evidence base for the allocation of scarce resources.

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 heart health

A word from our researchers

Predicting your area’s future heart health

Heart disease, heart attack and cardiac arrest are Australia’s number 1 cause of death. As they are more prevalent among the older age groups, Australia’s ageing population has a big impact on this group of diseases, and many areas can expect increases in future.

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 Australia population

Local government

Mornington Peninsula’s population growth in the next 20 years

The Mornington Peninsula as a whole is steadily growing. The population is forecast to grow by 14.3%, or 22,281 people, between 2015 and 2036. To accommodate this growth, 16,521 dwellings are forecast to be built between 2011 and 2036. What will the next 20 years look like for the Mornington Peninsula?

This blog was written by our Year 10 work experience student, Riley. We thank him for this wonderful blog!

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NZ focus

How can local government respond to an ageing population?

New Zealand has arguably been in a trend of ageing for close to a century. All you have to do is look at the steady decline of birth rates and the increase in life expectancy. The United Nations has published a discussion paper about responding to ageing. What can local government draw from this?

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Webinar: The rise of Victoria

In our recent eBook: The rise of Victoria, we analysed what's driving the exciting revitalisation in Victoria. We received positive feedback from our readers and we thank you for your support. In response, you can now sign up to our live webinar happening at 12:30pm (AEST) on 10th September 2015 and ask your questions about the growth in Victoria. We will explore just how and why these changes are occurring and even more importantly exactly where and when.

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2016 Census

Final word

2016 Census goes digital – .id’s views on the changes to Census

On August 20, 2015, the ABS released their “Census Nature and Content” document for the 2016 Census. Here's .id's take on what you can expect from next year's census.

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