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Robert Gibbons

Robert Gibbons started urban studies at Sydney University in 1971 and has done major studies of Sydney, Chicago, world cities' performance indicators, regional infrastructure financing, and urban history. He has published major pieces on the failure of trams in Sydney, on the "improvement generation" in Sydney, and has two books in readiness for publication, Thank God for the Plague, Sydney 1900 to 1912 and Sydney's Stumbles. He has been Exec Director Planning in NSW DOT, General Manager of Newcastle City, director of AIUS NSW and advisor to several premiers and senior ministers.

Central government distorts Sydney townplanning
Nation Building - 1/12/2017 - 2 comments
Sydney’s transport and land use blunders
Nation Building - 5/07/2017 - 1 comment
The truth about Rebuild NSW
Nation Building - 19/06/2017 - 4 comments
The relevance and risks of 'value capture' and associated metro reforms
Nation Building - 1/02/2016 - 1 comment
Economic ignorance defeats Abbott's and Baird's Tourism 2020 targets
Economics - 15/07/2015 - 3 comments
A case study in 'broken democracy': the Blue Mountains, NSW
Political Philosophy - 26/03/2015
Did the Blue Mountains 'cry wolf' about bushfire losses?
Economics - 25/02/2015
Crisis point in NSW's Blue Mountains' theatres
The Arts - 3/06/2014 - 5 comments
Freight myopia in Sydney's strategic economic future
Nation Building - 6/02/2013
Sydney tram lays track for past mistakes
Nation Building - 18/01/2013 - 7 comments
Smash’n’run or reform with care: local government in NSW
Domestic Politics - 20/09/2012 - 1 comment
Sydney's railways: a great legacy betrayed by myopia
Nation Building - 29/06/2012 - 1 comment
Reversing Sydney's backward momentum
Nation Building - 19/01/2012
Local government: Do locals get what they pay for?
Domestic Politics - 6/09/2011 - 4 comments
Getting towards the end of a century of discussions?
Nation Building - 11/08/2011
Localism in reality
Nation Building - 28/07/2011
Implementing an integrated place, local and regional planning scheme in NSW
Nation Building - 19/05/2011 - 2 comments
Can we make 'Localism' really work?
Nation Building - 6/05/2011 - 4 comments
Establishing local leadership and strong policy
Nation Building - 13/04/2011 - 2 comments
Reaping as the bumblers sow - another step backwards
Nation Building - 7/02/2011
Is local government capable of responding?
Nation Building - 28/01/2011 - 1 comment
Politicians and experts: who can we trust in infrastructure financing and PPPs?
Nation Building - 20/01/2011
Victories and disasters in planning.
Nation Building - 6/01/2011 - 3 comments

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