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INNER Sydney has become the new school-bag belt as gentrified generation X-ers shun the outer suburbs in favour of raising their families close to the city.

The Department of Education’s Sydney region has outstripped western Sydney and south-western Sydney in public school enrolments over the past five years.

Some inner-city primary schools have almost doubled their enrolments between 2006 and 2011. The inner west shows similar growth, with enrolments at Erskineville Public up 81 per cent between 2006 and 2011, Leichhardt up 89 per cent and Rozelle Public up 73 per cent.

And the inner-Sydney family trend shows no sign of declining, with the number of preschool-aged children in Leichhardt growing by 83 per cent between 2001 and 2011, by 51 per cent in Paddington and by 50 per cent in Annandale over the same period.

The city and inner west have shown the strongest population growth in Sydney over the past decade, according to figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics released this week.

It’s part of what demographers call the return-to-the-city movement as wealthy professional couples eschew the long commute for convenience and stay put once they start families.

”It’s a very interesting phenomenon and it’s almost as if nobody really thought it through,” said Bill Randolph, of the University of NSW’s City Futures Research Centre.

”The return to the city was probably seen as a movement by singles and couples, not people who might produce families. But that’s exactly what has happened,” Professor Randolph said.

The increasing acceptance of apartment living and inner-Sydney gentrification are fanning the trend, according to Andrew Wilson, the senior economist for the Fairfax-owned Australian Property Monitors.

”It started closer to the city and now it’s spreading out,” he said. ”It’s that generation of business couples who are becoming family couples.” The inner west is tracking ahead of Sydney overall, with price growth of about 2 per cent to 3 per cent, Dr Wilson said.

Professor Randolph believes there will be increased demand for secondary school places as the baby bubble of the early 2000s moves through the system.

”People who plan education systems tend to look at what’s happened in the past rather than what’s going to happen in the future so I think there will be some real pinch-points in the system in a year or two,” he said.

Community for Local Options for Secondary Education, a lobby group formed by inner-city parents last year, is campaigning for Cleveland Street Boys High School in Surry Hills to re-open as a comprehensive public school. It is being used as an intensive English high school for 232 students.

The independent candidate in the Sydney byelection, Alex Greenwich, said the reopening of the school could avert potential overcrowding in inner-Sydney secondary schools.

”Families are increasingly living in the city and it’s important that they are provided with the educational facilities they need to stay here,” he said.

The opposition spokeswoman on education, Carmel Tebbutt, said the O’Farrell government must plan for the growth.

”The last two budgets for education have reduced the capital funding and my fear is that they’re not investing in the infrastructure for schools which are going to be needed to accommodate future demand,” Ms Tebbutt said.

A spokesman for the Department of Education said secondary schools in inner Sydney still had capacity for more students. ”The Department of Education is constantly monitoring demographic trends and plans ahead for future needs,” he said.

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LATE one steamy Saturday night 10 years ago, Max Murphy, a 28-year-old Australian expat, was in the Sari Club in Kuta, talking to a mate, Peter Chworowsky, about his plans for the future.

Earlier that day, the two had played for the Taipei Baboons in the Bali Tens rugby tournament, an annual 10-a-side competition that draws teams from Asia and Australia. While the other “Baboons”, including his brother Scott, danced and drank, Mr Murphy wondered aloud about leaving his job as a computer parts salesman.

“I remember telling Peter how I’d to really love to start a sports bar in Taipei,” Mr Murphy said. “Then I got up to go the loo, and was coming back when I heard the first bomb go off across the road. But it didn’t sound like a bomb – it sounded like firecrackers. In fact, everyone in the Sari Club started cheering and clapping.”

Moments later, the second, much larger bomb, went off, right outside, hurling Mr Murphy to the ground, where he lay buried under the club’s thatched roof. “I thought, if I don’t get out now, I’m going to get trampled to death,” he said.

Crawling from the rubble, he heard Scott calling his name, and followed his voice to a nearby wall, where they helped other survivors scramble out of the burning building.

“Five members of the team – all the guys who were dancing – died that night,” Mr Murphy said. “There was also another of our guys, Morne Viljone, who was missing, so we spent the rest of the night searching every hospital we could find, going through wards, pulling back curtains, till we found him.”

Mr Viljone had suffered burns to 45 per cent of his body. “But he was alive at least, so we got him evacuated to Darwin.”

Now, 10 years later, the Baboons are back in Bali.

“On Friday there will be a memorial at the old field we played on that day of the bombing,” Mr Murphy, who plays five-eighth, said.

They will also play on Saturday and Sunday ”when there will be a memorial match with players from teams who played in the 2002 tournament”.

Mr Murphy, who is now the father of a seven-month-old daughter, said it was “pure luck” who survived and who didn’t that night. “People often ask me if I am angry, but I’m not really; I just feel sad that it ever happened.”

However, the tragedy did make that much-discussed career change much easier.

“After Bali, I thought, ‘Screw this, I want to do something with my life that I enjoy’.”

So in 2003, Mr Murphy and some other survivors started up the Brass Monkey Bar in Taipei.

Together with members of the Baboons, the bar has raised thousands of dollars for the Bali Trust Fund, which assists victims such as Mr Viljone with medical costs, as well funding the development of rugby in Taiwan.

Max Murphy with his daughter.

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High rise by assembly line

January 31st, 2019 / / categories: 苏州美甲美睫培训 /

ARCHITECTURE firm Elenberg Fraser claims to have developed a new factory-based model for building everything from single houses to high-rise apartment blocks that will cut buyers’ costs, increase developers’ profits – and reduce the need for architects.

The firm has developed an off-the-shelf, predesigned, prefabricated system for houses, hotels, apartments and residential towers using pioneering manufacturing technology developed by another well-known architect, Nonda Katsalidis.

The predesigned building system called Klik will allow developers to preview modular apartment buildings online and the firm hopes it will save 15 per cent of the cost and halve the time it takes to build, Elenberg Fraser director Callum Fraser said.

The system uses modular components that can be pieced together on an assembly line in Brooklyn, in Melbourne’s west, using techniques similar to car manufacturing.

Despite the buildings’ standardised design and pre-engineered nature, architects would still be needed, architect and Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison said.

Modular systems had been tried over the years, some with more success than others, he said. ”I would be very surprised if it took the market by storm and put all architects in Melbourne out of work.”

The firm’s ambitious ”off-the-shelf” system allows for predesigned houses, multi-level apartments, a high-rise and hotel with either square, linear, C-shape or L-shape bases that can house up to 14 different one-to-three-bedroom apartment types.

Each building was made to look different using a unique facade.

Mr Fraser said the system was being used in the construction of a Melbourne hotel.

”If you’re an architect or developer, you can deliver a 75-square-metre apartment using Klik for the same price you can deliver a 65-square-metre apartment using conventional construction,” he said.

Katsalidis’ Unitised Building technology has manufactured four apartment buildings in Melbourne, including The Nicholson in Brunswick and Little Hero in the city. But each of those buildings was designed and engineered from scratch, a process that was standardised under the Klik system, Fraser said.

RMIT architecture professor Philip Goad said architects had ”long dreamed” about being able to mass produce housing.

”Unitised building is something the construction industry needs to embrace,” he said.

A modular UB Australia apartment will be placed in Federation Square today as part of The New Joneses sustainable living event.

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Gina Field with some of her security staff.SLOSHING around in the mud protecting movie star Leonardo DiCaprio’s film shoot may not be everybody’s idea of Hollywood glamour.

But Gina Field has never been one to care for the cliches. ”I like to get there amongst it, I like to get my hands dirty,” says the 44-year-old owner of Nepean Regional Security, which protected the set of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby during its rainy outdoor filming in the Blue Mountains this year.

While conditions were pretty horrible, Field says: ”I’ve always been a girl that has done something different. I’m not a real girly girl.”

Which is probably a good prerequisite when you’re a woman running your own business in the male-dominated security industry. Field, a veteran with more than 24 years’ experience, started her agency in 1998 from her Penrith home, doing her first patrol rounds in a clapped-out Holden Camira. The company has since grown into a $3-million-a-year business with 40 staff and 13 vehicles in Sydney’s western suburbs.

The movies have become welcome jobs, but her main business is still building protection, crowd control and other bread-and-butter security services.

Field recalls how she worked in a hardware store aged 19 and quizzed a security guard on how she could get into the industry. He told her not to bother because women wouldn’t be employed. ”Being the personality I am, when I was listening to that I thought ‘now I want to be a security guard because I want to show I can do it’,” she says.

She attended a training course and secured her first job, signing people in and out of an insurance building in Sydney. She was moved to corporate sites around the city, ”but it just wasn’t my scene … I’ve always been a bit of a daredevil and I wanted to get out there.”

Determined to become a mobile patrol officer, she snuck into her employer’s patrols on her nights off to learn the rounds, and got a chance to prove herself during a staff shortage. It was a poorly regulated industry in the ’90s, and before she had firearms training, an employer handed her an old .44 Magnum without bullets to carry on her hip.

After Field was made redundant in late 1997, a client encouraged her to start her own company. It was a slow grind until 2007, when she won a large government tender to secure three former Olympic sites in Sydney’s west.

Suddenly ”my turnover had gone from something like $90,000 to $800,000,” says Field, who was a finalist in this year’s Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards.

Field admits there have been times when she felt vulnerable – arriving at crime scenes when the thugs were still there, or going into dark factories on patrol runs. The flipside was that clients tended to trust her a little more than some of her ”macho industry peers”.

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AUSTRALIAN banks are seeing a ”relentless” increase in costs even as they shift their reliance from wholesale funding to deposits, ANZ’s Australian boss Phil Chronican said.

His comments come as the ANZ is later this week expected to follow its big-bank rivals and hold back some of the Reserve Bank’s 25-basis-point interest rate cut.

The Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and NAB last week faced criticism when they each lowered their standard variable mortgages by less than this month’s cut in official rates. CBA and NAB said they would reduce their rates by 20 basis points to 6.6 per cent and 6.58 per cent, respectively, while Westpac cut its rate 18 basis points to 6.71 per cent.

Since the start of the year, the ANZ has been conducting its own monthly review of interest rates. The go-it-alone pricing strategy takes place every second Friday and seeks to break the link in consumers’ minds between official rate moves and the rates charged by the commercial banks.

Mr Chronican told ABC television yesterday the cost of funding had ”gone up and up”, although he noted costs had started to stabilise this year.

Even so, ANZ was currently refinancing borrowings that were made between three and five years ago ”at materially lower costs”.

In addition, the cost of retail deposits had not fallen by as much as the cash-rate target, Mr Chronican said.

Australian banks have been cutting back their reliance on global money markets to fund their lending book since the global financial crisis. Instead, they have been using more deposits to write loans.

Meanwhile, Treasurer Wayne Swan continued to urge disgruntled bank customers to shop around, saying the timing was right for home owners to review their mortgage.

”While government policies play an important role in fostering a competitive market, consumers also play an important role,” Mr Swan said yesterday.

”When a bank decides to pocket some of an interest rate cut on a home loan, it’s betting you’ll put up with it.

”But you don’t have to cop it quietly on the chin. If your bank doesn’t do the right thing by you, tell them, and if they don’t lift their game, look around for a better deal.”

In the past two months, the ANZ has left its rates unchanged without mention of higher costs.

When the Reserve Bank cut official interest rates to 3.25 per cent last Tuesday, it said the banks were having ”no difficulty” in accessing funds, after a recent lift in financial market confidence.

Mr Swan acknowledged some parts of the Australian economy were under pressure from global headwinds, a high dollar and changing consumer behaviour.

However, he said it was ”encouraging” that the much lower interest rates come at the same time as unemployment is low and economic growth is healthy.

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