In collaboration with Guardian Australia, Guardian Cities is devoting a week to exploring Australian cities – and we want to hear from you

Australia’s cities face challenges as distinct as their characters, but one is consistent across all of them: change. The nation of nearly 25 million has one of the highest rates of population growth of any OECD country, overwhelmingly focused on its cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in particular. Such rapid expansion presents opportunities; the question is, are Australian cities ready to seize them?

Car dependence, urban sprawl and unaffordable housing pose significant threats to their famed “liveability”, while urban planning and Indigenous consultation are often criticised as inadequate. This week, Guardian Cities has joined forces with Guardian Australia to explore some of these issues, as well as what makes Australia’s cities such unique and desirable places to live.

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