Thursday, 16 February 2017

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The University of Sydney's Peter Phibbs and Professor Nicole Gurran discussed the effectiveness of boosting housing supply as an approach to addressing housing affordability, in an article. [Full Text]

National Shelter, CHOICE and the National Association of Tenants' Organisations called on governments to prioritise rental security alongside housing affordability. [Full Text]

Shadow Ministers Chris Bowen and Doug Cameron marked the first anniversary of Labor's plan to improve housing affordability. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron discussed home ownership in a speech. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The ABS released lending finance figures for December. [Full Text]

Over recent months the average number of days it takes to sell a residential property has been falling, according to CoreLogic. [Full Text]

The HIA and CoreLogic issued a summary of residential land sales data for the September quarter. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

AHURI issued 'The funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness: the case study evidence'. [Full Text]

ACOSS expressed alarm over media reports that the Federal Government will axe the $6.8 billion National Affordable Housing Agreement. [Full Text]

Homelessness Australia said plans to axe the agreement will deepen the homelessness crisis and destroy the homelessness service system. [Full Text]

Launch Housing said it has written to seek urgent clarification on the matter. [Full Text]

Mission Australia said it is deeply concerning to learn that social housing and homeless funding may be scrapped with no sense of what, if anything, would replace it. [Full Text]

DESIGN / SUSTAINABILITY

QUT said that heatwaves have revealed a serious problem with our national housing stock. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT

AHURI issued a summary of ABS data on changes in commuter usage of different modes of transport in capital cities. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The National Audit Office released a report on the approval and administration of commonwealth funding for the WestConnex road project. [Full Text]

The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit announced an inquiry based on the findings of the WestConnex report. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher discussed the WestConnex report in a press conference. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese issued a response to the WestConnex report. [Full Text]

The Greens issued a response to the WestConnex report. [Full Text]

MP Cathy McGowan introduced an amendment aimed at strengthening Infrastructure Australia's assessment of the social and community benefit of infrastructure projects. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / INFRASTRUCTURE / REGULATION

Minister Michaelia Cash announced that the Senate has passed an amendment to ABCC legislation that reduces the transition time to a new Building Code for Australian Government funded projects. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

Bankwest issued 'Future of Business: 2017 Outlook report'. [Full Text]

EVENTS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI will host a conference on homelessness and housing solutions in Brisbane from 31 March. [Full Text]

EVENTS / SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Cities conference will be held in Sydney from 6 March. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a cross-government working group to focus on housing affordability in NSW. [Full Text]

The Greens welcomed the announcement and said the solution needs to move beyond supply. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

NSW Planning and Environment released updated data for the Metropolitan Housing Monitor. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts said the Monitor shows housing completions have surged to the highest level since 1972. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

In an interview with the Property Council, Minister Roberts said that Sydney alone will need 664,000 new homes over the next 20 years to keep pace with demand. [Full Text]

IPART issued a fact sheet on the discount rate for use in net present value models for contributions plans in NSW. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment announced a rezoning of 50 hectares of land in the Tweed Shire to allow for approximately 250 new homes. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TOURISM / ENVIRONMENT / DESIGN

NSW Environment and Heritage announced that the Cape Byron Preliminary Visitor Masterplan is on exhibition. [Full Text]

A proposed upgrade of the public domain and foreshore at Campbell's Cove in The Rocks is on exhibition. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

UrbanGrowth NSW issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

The Institution of Surveyors said an overwhelming majority of NSW homeowners oppose the Government's plan to sell off of the State's land titles registry. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Minister Andrew Constance announced that the first kilometre of railway track has been laid for the Sydney Metro rail project. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney published its submission on the Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Premier Berejiklian announced that all merged councils in NSW will remain in place and that the Government will push ahead with the merger of councils in Sydney that are before the courts. [Full Text]

An infographic summary of the benefits of council mergers is online. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said that people are asking why the Government has made a distinction between metropolitan and regional councils. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the decision will be good in the longer term for more effective planning processes but the transition phase is likely to slow down housing approvals. [Full Text]

The HIA said it supports the stance taken by Premier Berejiklian to remain firm on metropolitan council mergers. [Full Text]

The NSW Business Chamber said it welcomes certainty on council mergers. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

A discussion paper has been released as part of a review of the NSW Lobbying of Government Officials Act. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

Ministers Mick Gentleman and Shane Rattenbury announced changes to community consultation requirements for major development proposals in the ACT. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / GENERAL

A summary and transcript are online for Chief Minister Michael Gunner's recent speech on the year ahead, including plans for a revitalization of the Darwin CBD. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ICT

Minister Nigel Scullion welcomed news that the NT roll-out of the NBN has been completed. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

QUT issued an options paper on body corporate governance issues as part of a review of Queensland's property laws. [Full Text]

Minister Yvette D'Ath announced that recommendations in the paper address the redevelopment of ageing and uneconomic community titles schemes. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Defence Housing announced that it will commence a Master Planning process for the development of a former rifle range site at Toowoomba. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / SUSTAINABILITY

Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced that Queensland Treasury Corporation has been granted pre-issuance green bond certification by the Climate Bonds Initiative. [Full Text]

Treasurer Pitt listed potentially eligible projects for green bonds including electrified rail infrastructure, cycleways and low-carbon buildings. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TOURISM / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that there is a $13 billion tourism infrastructure pipeline between now and 2022. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOMELESSNESS

The City of Melbourne announced that it has endorsed a proposed change to camping laws and said that in the past two years there has been 74 per cent increase in the number of people sleeping rough. [Full Text]

The University of Melbourne's Professor Carolyn Whitzman discussed an undersupply of affordable rental housing as a factor in the increase in visibly homeless people in central Melbourne. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

The Victorian Planning Authority issued 'State of the State Report - fourth Quarter 2016'. [Full Text]

The Victorian Planning Authority announced that Peter Seamer will step down as CEO. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne announced legislation to protect Macedon Ranges from inappropriate development. [Full Text]

Minister Wynne approved a precinct structure plan for Wollert in northern Melbourne, to accommodate 15,000 dwellings. [Full Text]

Parliamentary Secretary Victoria Danielle Green launched an industrial land strategy for Portland on Victoria's western coast. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The Planning Institute made a submission on the Ministerial Kilburn and Blair Athol Urban Renewal Development Plan Amendment. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

The Property Council listed five urgent policy actions for major parties contesting the WA state election to commit to. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / ENVIRONMENT

The Greens said that the Senate unanimously passed Senator Scott Ludlam's Order for Production of Documents to compel the Minister to provide evidence of completed environmental surveys for the Roe Highway project. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The HIA said that Hobart remains the most affordable capital city. [Full Text]