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On 5 March 2010, the Australian Government launched the State of Australian Cities 2010 report. The report draws together existing data and information across a range of economic, social and environmental parameters to provide a national snapshot of the 17 Australian cities with populations over 100,000 at the 2006 Census. It also highlights emerging trends and issues to promote discussion and debate on managing growth and change in our urban centres.
The State of Australian Cities 2010 report progresses the cities agenda at the national level, setting the context and scope for further involvement by the Australian Government in urban policy and planning. The next stage will involve the development of a national cities strategy that outlines the Australian Government’s approach to achieving more productive, liveable and sustainable cities in the future.
The full report and individual chapters can be downloaded by visiting the Infrastructure Australia – Major Cities Unit web page and scrolling down the page to the “What’s New” section.
Cities poses novel challenges to wildlife, but some animals are finding they’re suited to city life and are undergoing rapid evolution in their new ecological niche. Read more in this COSMOS Magazine article.
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