Monday, 6 February 2017

FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The number of dwellings approved fell by 2.5 per cent in December and has fallen for seven consecutive months, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

The building approvals data confirms we are well past the peak for the cycle, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The Property Council published a state-by-state summary of office market conditions. [Full Text]

Residex said its index of repeat sales shows an acceleration in housing market performance across most capital cities during the second half of 2016. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said CBA's Senior Economist said housing affordability will continue to suffer until the Government reforms tax policies that favour investors. [Full Text]

Minister Kelly O'Dwyer released a report on the small business lending practices of the major banks and other lenders. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

RMIT's Associate Professor Julie Lawson discussed the possible creation of a financial intermediary for affordable housing, in an article. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / DESIGN

The CSIRO has established its first Urban Living Lab in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INTERNATIONAL / DESIGN

A report that identifies opportunities to replace aging urban highways in the US with multimodal transit routes has been released by the Congress for the New Urbanism. [Full Text]

ENERGY

PwC issued 'Power and Renewables Deals: 2017 outlook and 2016 review'. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued its pre-budget submission. [Full Text]

EVENTS / PLANNING

The Property Council released the full program for its National Planning Congress to be held in Sydney during May. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The Greater Sydney Commission released productivity, liveability and sustainability profiles to support the draft District Plans. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission announced community engagement events for draft District Plans and the 'Towards our Greater Sydney 2056' regional plan. [Full Text]

The Environmental Defender's Office issued 'Six big changes to the Planning Act in 2017 (and three missed opportunities)'. [Full Text]

The draft NSW State Environmental Planning Policy Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities has been released for community consultation. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said that NSW has been rated Australia's fastest growing economy. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the latest ABS housing approval data for NSW indicates a big drop over five months, giving the new Housing Minister a big challenge. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said the Berejiklian Government's confirmation that land registry functions will be leased to raise money for infrastructure is a welcome signal. [Full Text]

The Property Council welcomed comments from Treasurer Perrottet that the NSW asset recycling strategy will continue. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Urban Taskforce said the NSW Government should consider a shared service model if Sydney council mergers are to be rethought [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

The Greater Sydney Commission invited local councils to submit applications for grants under the Metropolitan Greenspace Program. [Full Text]

Minister Gabrielle Upton called for feedback on the NSW Koala Strategy. [Full Text]

The Environmental Defender's Office made a submission on the Clean Air for NSW consultation paper. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN

The State Library of NSW announced that it has secured $15 million in private funding to complete a major component of its Master Plan. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING / DESIGN

The ACT Government launched consultations toward the development of a Master Plan and Conservation Management Plan for Haig Park in Canberra. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ICT

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Mayor Martin Haese announced a Smart City Cooperation Agreement between Canberra and Adelaide. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

The NT Government announced an expanded Home Improvement Scheme. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the Darwin and Perth CBD Office Markets are tied at the highest vacancy rates across all capital cities. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

The Springfield Land Corporation announced a development agreement with Chinese investors for a $6 billion, 10,000 apartment development at Greater Springfield in Brisbane. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

Clayton UTZ published a summary of the new Queensland Planning Act. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENVIRONMENT

The Queensland Government released a discussion paper on its draft Protected Area Strategy. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / FINANCE

The HIA said it strongly endorses Treasurer Curtis Pitt's rejection of calls to expand the Great Start Grant to include established home buyers in Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

The UDIA issued a submission on proposed changes to the body corporate lot entitlement system in Queensland. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

The UDIA responded to the announcement by Treasurer Tim Pallas of an extra $16 million to speed up planning and approval processes in Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

The Institute of Public Affairs issued 'The impact of the prohibitive cost of building in Victoria'. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Brendon Grylls announced that the WA Government is on track to hit its target of 30,000 affordable homes by 2020. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

The Greens said they will oppose proposed amendments to the WA Strata Titles Act which would allow people to be forced out of their homes by a 75 per cent vote of owners. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The HIA and UDIA jointly launched the 'Build Now in WA' campaign. [Full Text]