Real Estate 4 Ransom recognition

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One of the world’s leading online film portals, Films for Action, has adjudged Real Estate 4 Ransom at #2 for documentaries in 2012. This ranked above Just Do It and 97% Owned. They say: Tapping into independent media and the independent films below, though, and it’s clear that we’re living during the beginnings of what many believe is the greatest … Read More

Vanuatu’s Land Rights building momentum

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Following our recent visit to Vanuatu, a colleague put this together, reflecting the heartfelt concern ni-Van’s have for their rapidly dwindling land ownership. Just 29 years since independence, only 11% of land in Villa is locally owned. As Morris Kaloran states: “No matter what factory they use, they cant make any more dirt.” We will be announcing a number of … Read More

Bursting the Bubble – SBS Insight

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Last night’s Insight focused on the tragedy unfolding in the housing market and it’s effects on the rest of the economy. It was good to see that Housing Supply side issues got some time on air, but again the property lobby had large numbers in the crowd, no NGO’s got a guernsey, the omnipresent Ross Gittins took the softly softly … Read More

The Village Green, Urban Sprawl and Affordability

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Andrew Sadauskas It was a cold Thursday morning when I set out on my quest. My mission? To find the heart of Melbourne’s housing affordability and traffic problems. My quest took me to the middle of Melbourne’s great southeastern sprawl, which now stretches as far as Pakenham. After a morning spent hunting for it on Melbourne’s public transport, I reached … Read More

Innovative Methods Of Financing Public Transportation

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by Dave Wetzel

The income from fares is usually insufficient to pay for both the capital costs and operating expenses of a modern mass transit system.

Public transportation managers strive to provide safe, efficient, affordable, reliable, comfortable, clean, and convenient journeys for passengers. The service provided not only enables millions of people to travel but also has wider economic, social, and environmental impacts on urban life.

When planning for new public transportation investments, wider economic benefits are usually cited as an important reason for governments to provide subsidies towards the costs of construction and maintenance.