.id insight newsletter - October 2015


Certainly we need 'STEM', but what about 'DEAP'?

The recent appointment of an Australian Minister for Cities and the Built Environment has been criticised as mere tokenism because there is no apparent budget attached to the responsibility. But it is symbolic and hopefully will lead to more interest in our cities, towns and regions. Thinking about where we live and how we live and what we invest in in terms of housing and infrastructure is actually, as a society, 'back to basics' thinking. If we show more interest in this stuff we will start more seriously addressing at least two of the most significant challenges facing us - climate change and social cohesion. I hope that the appointment of a Minister for Cities not only leads to smarter infrastructure funding but also generates a passion for thinking about places, housing, demography, transport, urban design and architecture. We can generate a deep cultural pride in how we plan our cities, towns and regions.

We could move from a NIMBY mentality to a genuine informed society about where and how we live, starting with the school curriculum. I know that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) gets much of the attention of our education agenda, as it should, but how about DEAP (demography, economics, architecture and planning)?

An excellent starting point for your DEAP education is to read .id's blog. Two of the most important things I've read regarding matters urban are Glenn Capuano's piece, 'Housing Costs' and Rob Hall's blog on 'Why Place Matters'.




Economic development

Positioning our suburbs and regional cities for economic growth - why place matters

The combination of economics and geography have always determined where our cities form and where they flourish. One might expect that in the digital age, place no longer matters. People can do business from anywhere at anytime. Yet as Australia’s economy continues its transformation to service and knowledge intensive activities, place is becoming more important for sustainable economic growth.

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Case studies

How can population forecasts help plan for schools?

We've recently been working with schools to understand how population change will affect their future student demand. Through using population forecasts, we were able to project demand for schools in different types of places - both inner city and outer suburbs, and help our clients plan confidently. Read these case studies here:

1) Planning schools in established areas: Willoughby Public School

2) Planning schools in growth areas: Campbelltown Anglican Schools Council

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 Australia population

Population matters

The youngest ethnic group in NSW

The youngest ethnic group in NSW by far has a median age of 12.2 years. Which ethnic group is this? What are some of their other demographic characteristics?

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A word from our researcher

Housing costs - stable over the past decade. Really? Really.

Is housing in Australia unaffordable? Results from a recent survey conducted by the ABS show that at a national level, we still have about 2/3rds home owners, and most are not in housing stress. What do the housing trends from the last decade reveal?

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The changing demand for water

.id had the pleasure of sponsoring a technical seminar by the Australian Water Association (AWA) that brings together people in the industry to talk about important issues.

The topic for the seminar was ‘Planning for Uncertainty’. The speakers included:

  • Jeremy Reynolds, former Victorian Government Manager, Demographic Research
  • Andrew Chapman, Manager Servicing Futures, South-East Water
  • Matthew Deacon, Head Population Forecaster, .id

It was a fascinating look at the changing demand for and supply of water services across Melbourne. In a nutshell, whilst the population has been growing rapidly, our use of water has declined dramatically due to the changing nature of housing (smaller blocks, less gardens, water saving devices etc) and behavioural changes during the early 2000s drought. We’ll be writing more about this, but in the meantime, here is a link to Matthew’s slides.


Final word

The Southern Hemisphere dominates the Rugby World Cup!

Southern Hemisphere rugby reigns supreme as the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) featured all four teams from south of the equator. With less than 10% of the world's population living in the south, what is one of our most notable characteristics? It might surprise you.

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