CURF research uncovers future opportunities & challenges for the ACT

Thu 2 July 2015

CURF have released two research publications this week which highlight opportunities to create a sustainable future for the ACT.

The first publication, ‘Light rail transit and residential density in mid-size cities’ was a comparative cities study that found with sustainable urban and transport planning, Canberra could see higher housing and mixed-use density development near tram stops. 

Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell echoed these sentiments when he launched the report, arguing that light rail increases public transport patronage, delivers benefits to landowners and creates flow-on effects in diversifying the economy, improving liveability and increasing sustainability in cities of similar size and density to Canberra.

Speaking with the Canberra Times, CURF researcher and lead author of the report David Flannery said the report's significant findings included denser residential and mixed-use developments around light rail. 

"Activated density – that is, density driven by strong, planned and deliberate land-use policy implementation – has been shown to be much more effective in achieving better urban outcomes than a reliance solely on induced density."

Mr Flannery said induced density "achieved ad hoc through a build-the-rail-and-density-will-come approach" should be avoided in Canberra.

Click here to view the report.


The second publication, 'The 2012-2014 CURF Report' showcases CURF’s research and engagement impacts. It illustrates three years of collaborative research CURF has undertaken to find new pathways and implementation strategies for sustainable futures for cities and regions, and continuing engagement with policy makers, business and the public in the challenges facing the Australian Capital Region.

Click here to download the report.


Enquires about these publications should be directed to CURF.

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