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10 March 2016

Episode 230

30 minutes

We’re off to Australia, a mighty nation with some big city challenges. We look at a one of the country’s biggest urban renewal projects in Melbourne, visit Sydney’s William Street to see the state of brick-and-mortar retail in a nation that’s been a big adopter of e-commerce and hear how politics shape the country's capital of Canberra. Plus: two Aussie voices from our editorial floor join Andrew Tuck in the studio to give a local perspective.

10 March 2016

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Chapter 1

Melbourne: Docklands and urban renewal

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One of Australia’s largest urban renewal projects is underway in Melbourne’s Docklands. It used to be the city’s biggest and busiest port but in the late 1980s the Docklands became a derelict industrial wasteland. The ambitious new project wants to reconnect Melbourne with its historical waterfront.

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Canberra: a purpose-built political city

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Canberra is the seat of the Australian government and is a purpose-built capital just like Ottawa and Brasília. Karen Middleton, the political correspondent for ‘The Saturday Paper’, explains how the urban world and government shape each other.

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Sydney: brick-and-mortar retail in William Street

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High streets across the country have been through a difficult decade. Not only is e-commerce in Australia incredibly strong, the country is also the spiritual home of the shopping mall. Nonetheless Australia is still home to some thriving shopping strips and one such example is William Street in Sydney. We met Theo English, who set up his shop Belancé three years ago, to learn a bit more about the street’s success.

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