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Geography / Year 7 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 2: Place and liveability

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Curriculum content descriptions

The influence of accessibility to services and facilities on the liveability of places (ACHGK044)

Elaborations
  • comparing accessibility to and availability of a range of services and facilities between different types of settlements (urban, rural and remote) in Australia and other countries (for example, access to clean water, sanitation, education and health services)
  • examining the role transport plays in people‚Äôs ability to access services and participate in activities in the local area
  • comparing transportation and accessibility in Australian cities with cities in countries of the Asia region or Europe
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Human settlements,  Wellbeing,  Service industry

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Highway or floodway?

In the city of Rockhampton the floodwaters are on their way - again. Many locals appear to be convinced that floods are becoming more frequent. This clip from January 2013 weighs up the economic impact of continued flooding against the cost of taking action to 'flood-proof' central Queensland's Rockhampton once and for all.

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New dam, new house: the Mekong

The mighty Mekong river provides a way of life for millions of people, and is arguably the most important resource in the developing country of Laos. Discover how villagers are being relocated to make way for hydropower dams on this river, which stretches for nearly 5,000 kilometres from the mountains of Tibet to Vietnam. ...

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Sydney slips in world cities rankings, 2012

A 'Cities of Opportunity' study in 2012 found that, while Sydney was regarded as a 'livable' city, its residents faced some significant urban issues. With other cities moving ahead of Sydney in the rankings, questions have been asked about why the cost of living in Sydney is so high and what should be done to solve some ...

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Melbourne from a tram

Get ready to board a Melbourne tram for a journey around the City Circle route! Along the way, the passengers on the tram will highlight some aspects of Melbourne's urban design, both past and present, giving you a real sense of place. Is this the most 'liveable' city in Australia, as many claim, or a city in need of change?

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Commuter ferry proposal, Tasmania, 2013

What's the main form of transport in towns or cities you are familiar with? Watch this clip about a proposal for a commuter ferry service between two Tasmanian communities: Hobart and Kingston. Find out about the costs involved and some potential benefits of transporting people by water.

Interactive

ACTmapi Community Interests

This is one of several an interactive web-based mapping resources from this web page. The Community Interests map focuses on the spatial distribution of community facilities within the Australian Capital Territory. Like other GIS (Geographic Information System) resources it allows the user to take a geographic perspective ...

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Outback nurse

Heather Smith is a hemodialysis nurse who travels to remote Australian communities delivering important health services to Australians who don't live in or near major centres. Follow Heather on a typical day in her outback office in the Central Australian location of Ntaria (Hermannsburg) in the Northern Territory.

Online

Bangkok and Liveability factors

This learning sequence investigates factors that influence liveability and the range of perceptions about what makes a place liveable. Students use Bangkok as a context to explore the idea that places provide us with the services and facilities needed to support and enhance our lives, and that spaces are planned and managed ...

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A flood of suffering

How does a community bounce back after devastating floods in 2013? This clip investigates the impact of flood cycles in the citrus-growing areas around Queensland's Burnett River. What type of support will help to improve the resilience of communities in this region and their capacity to cope?

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A smarter future car

Over about 125 years the automobile has only experienced minor changes, but now our cramped and clogged cities demand a smarter car. In this clip from 2010, see how the automobile is being adapted to make our cities more efficient.

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Why plants are good for liveable cities

Central Park in Sydney was voted the world's best tall building. It is known for the plants in its beautiful vertical gardens which cover its surfaces, but did you know that the garden is not purely decorative? Watch this video to find out what other purpose the vertical garden has.

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What is a mega-region?

Population growth is one of the problems facing Australians cities. Dr Julian Bolleter from the Urban Design Research Centre at the University of Western Australia says creating mega-regions could be a potential solution. What is a mega-region? In order to create a mega-region, what must happen first?

Online

Disability Rights, Accessibility and Liveability

This is a unit of work about disability rights, accessibility and liveability. It explores: liveable communities for diverse groups of people; assessing liveability of a local places for people with disabilities; disability rights and accessibility; and accessible transport services. The resource includes: an introduction; ...

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Self-help housing in Bangalore

Is it possible to break the cycle of poverty? The Sunnadagudu community in Bangalore, India believe so. With a little outside help from an NGO (non-government organisation), they're converting their shacks into houses. Find out how this project is not only putting a permanent roof over their heads but is creating a range ...

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Bangalore's haves and have-nots

An inspection of Bangalore's newest apartment blocks would leave anyone impressed. But there's another side to life in this city that needs to be seen. Take a walk through the city's shanty towns and it will quickly become apparent why one child dies in India's slums every 15 seconds.

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Now you're cooking with biogas!

Biogas is a renewable form of energy. In India, it's being made from cow dung and is contributing to the improved wellbeing of the nation's poorest communities. See how the use of appropriate technology can help to break the cycle of poverty.

Interactive

Laptop wrap – improving liveability

A page with a focus on using geographical data to plan for future community needs, with supporting activities and links to resources.

Online

Poverty and urbanisation

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about patterns of urbanisation around the world. It includes sections on poverty and wealth and how this affects where people live, correlations between the wealth of countries and urbanisation, living conditions in a range of urban locations, and the issues that impact on ...

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In step with urban planning

Perth is reputed to be one of the world's most isolated cities. But it's also known for its urban sprawl. The demand for large blocks and low density has fuelled constant growth. Now one study has revealed that better-designed walkable suburbs might help to slow both urban and human sprawl.

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World population explosion, 1996

The growth of the world's population and the pressure this places on resources and the environment is a highly debated topic. Watch this clip from 1996 to find out about the trends and concerns associated with population growth at that time, and consider how perspectives and patterns may differ today.