Thursday, 20 April 2017

PLANNING / SUSTAINABILITY

Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Ralph Horne from RMIT University and Emeritus Professor David Adamson from UNSW discussed what the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals can do for cities, in an article published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / INTERNATIONAL

Deloitte Access Economics issued the 'Business Outlook March 2017'. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said that construction of railway lines has long been a catalyst for economic development, in an opinion piece for Track and Signal Magazine. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Albanese said that investing in the right infrastructure projects has two important economic benefits; supports economic activity, job creation and greater prosperity. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Tax experts from the Grattan Institute, Griffith Business School and Curtin Law School discussed ATO data for 2014-15, in an article published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

Rae Dufty-Jones from Western Sydney University discussed the housing affordability debate, in an article published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

The Property Council analysed the findings of the latest global Skyscraper Index from Knight Frank. [Full Text]

FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / RETIREMENT LIVING

Professor James Giesecke and Research Fellow, Jason Nassios, said that Australia's superannuation system already channels a significant proportion of retirement savings into housing, in an article published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / DISABILITY

UNSW said that research conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre has found that shared home ownership schemes for people with disability bring potential benefits but also expose people to debt risks. [Full Text]

The report is available online. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Property Council said that building activity data released by the ABS last week confirms more newly-built units were completed over the December 2016 quarter than houses - the first time on record. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

NCOSS welcomed IPART's Review of Social and Affordable Housing Rent Models but said that moves to include currently exempt payments in the income calculation could impact negatively on existing tenants. [Full Text]

EMPLOYMENT / INDUSTRY

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister Peter Dutton announced the abolition of the 457 visa and a new visa restricted to critical skills shortages. [Full Text]

ICT

Hawker Britton issued an Occasional Paper, 'Labor's Direction on NBN and Mobile Telecommunications'. [Full Text]

ENERGY

The AiGroup published a letter outlining a number of actions and solutions to the energy crisis which it sent to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, and relevant Ministers and Shadow Ministers. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The City of Parramatta Council has proposed a number of strategies to tackle future traffic congestion and enhance the City's liveability and amenity in the Parramatta CBD Strategic Transport Study; a key supporting document for the Parramatta CBD Planni [Full Text]

The City of Parramatta Council released a draft DCP and DA relating to land known as Parramatta North Urban Transformation Precinct for exhibition. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

NSW DPE announced that it has finalised a planning proposal to amend Cessnock's Local Environment Plan to rezone around 300 hectares of land. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Dr Garry Glazebrook described what a comprehensive plan for a metro rail network supported by feeder light rail services in Western Sydney should look like, in an article published on Crikey. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / PLANNING

Minister Anthony Roberts announced the $15.6 million widening of Delhi Road at North Ryde to support future growth around the North Ryde Station Precinct and to alleviate traffic congestion that may occur with the Sydney metro northwest construction. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Ministers Andrew Constance and Roberts announced the removal of overhead wires from the Newcastle light rail plan as part of a suite of upgrades that will include more public open space. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Roberts announced a plan to deliver affordable housing for key workers in the heart of Newcastle. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The announcement of improvements to the light rail corridor along with the provision of affordable housing are excellent projects which will boost the revitalisation of Newcastle, said the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HERITAGE

Opposition Leader Luke Foley announced that a Labor Government will deliver NSW's first ever State Heritage Strategy, beef up the state's Heritage Act and restore a strengthened Office of Heritage to the centre of Government. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Slower payments, reams of red tape and more expensive housing will be the outcomes of the Queensland Government's proposal to mandate project bank accounts, said the Property Council. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS / INFRASTRUCTURE / TOURISM

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said that the latest Deloitte Access Economics report contains positive news for Queensland, identifying increased population growth, increased retail turnover and a tourism inspired commercial construction wave fuelling Queensland' [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / WATER / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Bill Byrne said Building Queensland, Gladstone Area Water Board and SunWater are seeking information from potential customers interested in water from the proposed Rookwood Weir in Central Queensland. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Tim Pallas said that the Deloitte Access Economics report confirms that Victoria is "awash" with transport infrastructure projects with more than $48 billion of engineering activity planned or underway, which in turn is generating population gro [Full Text]

VICTORIA / WATER

Minister Lisa Neville announced that the Consumer Action Law Centre and the Consumer Policy Research Centre will be given a grant to fund a full-time advocate on behalf of water customers, particularly low income and vulnerable customers. [Full Text]