Tuesday, 18 April 2017

PLANNING

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor announced the establishment of a Cities Reference Group to help advise Government on cities policy. [Full Text]

PLANNING / DESIGN

The Property Council discussed the potential influence of Asian architecture in redefining the shape of Australian cities. [Full Text]

PLANNING / NATURAL DISASTERS

The Insurance Council called on the Federal Government to treat the construction of mitigation infrastructure to protect flood-prone towns as nation building projects, and to increase funding to at least $200 million a year. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The HIA said that while the strong level of building activity at a national level continues to paint a rosy picture for the state of play in the sector, the disparities between states continue to play out. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said that ATO data shows that the group of property investors who own at least five properties is growing at triple the rate of the group of investors that own just one. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that the figures confirm that the bulk of Australians who negative gear have taxable incomes below $80,000 a year. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE / RETIREMENT LIVING

Shadow Treasurer Bowen said that the Australian Government's 'housing for super' proposal would see Australians retire with less superannuation and with the family home exempt from the pension assets test, an increasing number of Australians would clai [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Katy Gallagher said that retirement savings are too important to become a source of internal division within the Government. [Full Text]

The REIA has urged caution in the actions of regulators and banks to limit bank lending in an attempt to dampen investor demand for property in Sydney and Melbourne. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The HIA said that during the March 2017 quarter, the HIA Affordability Index improved by 1.9 per cent and is 1.2 per cent better than this time last year. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / HOMELESSNESS

Senator Doug Cameron said that Labor's roundtable meeting on housing and homelessness has emphasised the need for reform on a range of fronts to address the housing affordability and homelessness crisis. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The AIHW issued 'National Social Housing Survey: a summary of national results 2016'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

The RBA issued a Financial Stability Review. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY

DEE issued a Carbon Neutral presentation to the Green Cities Conference. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Minister Michaelia Cash said that the Federal Court decision to impose a $590,800 penalty on the CFMEU and its officials reinforces the importance of the Turnbull Government's key policy to re-establish the ABCC. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

The Property Council announced the induction of Stuart Hornery and Lang Walker to The Australian Property Hall of Fame. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced that the NSW Government has entered into a binding agreement with Australian Registry Investments to operate LPI's titling and registry services. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships said that the long-term lease of the NSW land registry functions is an Australian first, delivering billions for new infrastructure and setting the scene for NSW to increase infrastructure funding in the June budget. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts said that ABS quarterly building activity figures show more than 60,000 homes were completed in the state in 2016, more than any time in history. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Affordable rental housing in Green Square was featured in a segment on ABC 7.30. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / DESIGN

Minister Andrew Constance unveiled the design of Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail stops. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Constance announced the closure and upgrade of Milsons Point Wharf from 27 April as part of the NSW Government's Transport Access Program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / EMPLOYMENT

Treasurer Perrottet said that ABS figures reflected that the State Government's infrastructure program is creating jobs and boosting the economy. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

UrbanGrowth NSW and Google Australia announced a mutual agreement to not proceed further with negotiations to establish a new headquarters for the company at the White Bay Power Station site. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

NSW DPE announced that plans for Forster town centre are on public exhibition. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Ministers Gordon Ramsay and Rachel Stephen-Smith said that WorkSafe ACT inspectors joined forces with SafeWork NSW to conduct 57 checks of residential and commercial construction sites in Googong and Goulburn in NSW, and Denman Prospect in the ACT. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

ATO data confirms the importance of negative gearing to Queenslanders, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Steven Miles encouraged Moreton Bay residents to have their say on 'The Mill at Moreton Bay' Priority Development site. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / NATURAL DISASTERS

Minister Leeanne Enoch announced that Queensland Government scientists have developed a high-tech online map to assist in the recovery of agricultural lands hit hard by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Minister Richard Wynne approved Amendment VC136 to the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Martin Foley said that the State Government will upgrade more than 200 public housing properties in the Latrobe Valley. [Full Text]

Minister Wynne announced $700,000 to restore the Reid's Coffee Palace building in Ballarat, which now offers low-income housing. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / DISABILITY

Minister Foley invited residents, families and carers in specialist disability accommodation to share their views on how their rights can be protected in the transition to the NDIS. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Darren Chester said that road and rail infrastructure investment is critical to the future growth and prosperity of regional Victoria, in an opinion piece. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Jaala Pulford said that construction on the $7.73 million Ararat Arts Precinct has taken a major step forward with construction set to begin this month. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DEMOGRAPHICS

The SGSEP issued 'Comparing population growth by area - the real story' on demographics in Melbourne suburbs. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / ENERGY

Premier Jay Weatherill said that the State Government has received 31 expressions of interest to build the 250MW government-owned gas power plant. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Jacquie Petrusma provided an update on the Tasmanian Government's Affordable Housing Strategy. [Full Text]