- Article by Online Editor
The fourth in an annual series of Australian Government publications reporting on the state of play regarding the goals and objectives of the National Urban Policy was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese MP, on 30 July.
The previous reports have been widely disseminated, with Albanese reflecting wryly during his opening speech, “You may think that ‘government report’ and ‘popular reading material’ are mutually exclusive, but in this case you’d be wrong. The first three editions of this compact volume have been downloaded more than three million times.”
The 2013 report “brings together current research, including newly released data from the 2011 Census, to present a comprehensive snapshot of Australian cities,” according to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s media release.
The purpose of the State of the Australian Cities reports is to detail changes in the urban population. Australia has one of the highest ratios of city dwellers in the world, with three out of four people living in our 18 major cities (Adelaide, Albury-Wodonga, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra-Queanbeyan, Darwin, Geelong, Gold Coast-Tweed, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Toowoomba, Townsville and Wollongong).
The report takes into account factors such as productivity, sustainability and liveability.
One new feature of the report in 2013 is its mapping feature. Around 1000 maps have been made available in two versions: a PDF version and a high-resolution interactive version.
All four reports released to date are available online and the website also features a feedback link.
Released at the same time was a second report, ‘Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport’, which “sets out the simple steps that governments and employers can take to increase the proportion of people walking and riding for short trips, and to connect to public transport hubs,” which notes that bicycle use in Australian cities is at its highest level in 40 years.