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Australia is no stranger to earthquakes, yet our planning polices have not adapted

By Mark Maund, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Kim Maund, Discipline Head – Construction Management, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Thayaparan Gajendran, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
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In 1989, Newcastle was hit by Australia’s deadliest earthquake, but high-rise development in the city’s CBD has continued nonetheless. Australia needs a consistent planning code for earthquake risk.


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