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City Strategies National Issues – Why Government Inertia?

“State and federal governments have their heads in the sand around the evolution and growth of cities,” says Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, slamming lack of policy.

Should Cities Rule The World?

This is the question Clover Moore presented when delivering the Walter Burley Griffin lecture at the National Press Club recently. She has concerns that the federal government is failing to articulate a cities’ policy to manage growth, and that it has committed to fund roads over public transport.

Key Points

“Australian governments are failing to recognise the potential for cities to drive national growth. Britain, New Zealand, China, Poland and Brazil are all examples where national strategies have the potential to give local governments improved access to finance –

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Natural Disaster Mitigation – To Save Taxpayers Billions?

“An open-source platform that provides access to information about disasters such as floods and bushfires could help yield savings of $500 million to $2.4 billion alone.” The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities.

About The Roundtable’s Report

The roundtable – including reps from large companies such as Insurance Australia Group, Westpac Banking Corp, Optus and Investra, found that organisations with the most info:

  • CSIRO
  • Australian Productivity Commission
  • Bureau of Meteorology

do not share or ‘join up’ their info. Apparently there was a recommendation of open government in 2010 which recommended making government controlled info more accessible through technology.

A $250 million yearly investment in infrastructure would help government save billions in the future. The average post-disaster recovery, $560 million, is 10 times …

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Smart ‘Everything’. Utilities Connecting, Saving $s, Emissions

Dr. Thomas Kiessling is Chief Product and Innovation Officer (CPIO) at Deutsche Telekom. He makes the following insightful observations about life in inner cities now and into the future:

Technolgical Innovation Not Just Austerity Measures Imperative

As the 3.5 billion+ people living on Earth grow to more possibly than 6.25 billion by 2050, government infrastructural budgets are under pressure with no new revenue in sight. Dr Kiessling says:

“Until recently, excessive austerity measures were the only solution in sight. The flipside? Such budgetary responses are damagingly counterproductive because cities simultaneously compete to provide a superior quality of life to their citizens. They need to attract growth industries and meet the demands of their skilled workers and no one wants to cause

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Students Doing Well With Early Start/Finish

A year after Merrylands East Public principal John Goh introduced early start and finish times the ‘experiment’ has been declared a huge success. The 370 students are enjoying school more for the right reasons and boys in particular have improved performance.

The Findings

Notably, 60 per cent of students enjoyed school for the learning experience more than for the socialisation — the opposite of the norm says John Goh.

  • Girls’ performance was steady while boys’ had improved
  • All the kids are enjoying learning more, in different ways
  • Teachers are happier as well

From The Students

Alii Posimani, one of the school captains, says:

“He and his classmates enjoyed ‘the 21st century classroom’ with varied learning environments and focus on self-learning..

Our learning has improved and it

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Feral Camels…Camel Milk…A $10 Billion Industry?

In 2006 PWF asked if there were any entrepreneurs interested in milking camels? Four years later an Israeli, Gilad Berman, expressed interest in milking Australia’s feral camels milk. Today Gilad is milking camels in Perth’s hills and selling milk at $20/litre.

Why Camel Milk?

Apart from the fact that camel milk is reputed to make wonderful chocolate, the United Nations estimates there are more than 200 million potential customers worldwide meaning the industry could eventually be worth $10 billion. Camel milk has:

  • High concentration of insulin
  • Doesn’t contain proteins that cause allergies
  • Counteracts metallic taste after chemotherapy
  • A source of Alpha-Hydroxy acids known to reduce fine lines in skin
  • casein free, unique in mammals’ milk
  • 40% less cholesterol than cow’s milk
  • Three times as much vitamin

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