Monday, 10 July 2017

ICT / SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council and the Smart Cities Council announced a partnership to develop a Code for Smart Communities. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The RBA issued a chart pack, including data on house prices, household finances and building approvals. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron discussed housing affordability in an interview. [Full Text]

Housing affordability has worsened over the first quarter of 2017, according to Core Logic. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

The Ai Group's Performance of Construction Index fell 0.7 points to 56.0 in June. [Full Text]

CoreLogic issued a state-by-state summary of major construction projects that are in progress or planned. [Full Text]

The HIA said the home renovations market will return to growth this year. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / PLANNING

Infrastructure Australia issued 'Corridor Protection: Planning and investing for the long term'. [Full Text]

Chairman Mark Birrell said the report shows that if we protect infrastructure corridors we will reduce project costs and avoid much of the community disruption that can flow from late acquisition of key sites. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Albanese said the Government must accept the report's advice. [Full Text]

The Business Council said that the report demonstrates that if governments have the foresight to plan ahead and reserve corridors for future infrastructure use, they can realise huge savings when those infrastructure projects are rolled out. [Full Text]

The corridors anticipate the long-term transport and infrastructure needs of the nation and ensure that they can meet them by planning now, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum said the paper highlights the urgent need for governments to embrace a long-term vision to meet Australia's future infrastructure challenges. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council said the report demonstrates the importance of corridor protection in preventing cost blowouts, project delays and community disruption on infrastructure projects. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Transport infrastructure construction will underpin broader building and construction activity over the next four years according to Master Builders. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher discussed the costs and benefits of new road transport technology, in an article. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

NSW Planning & Environment called for feedback on draft Environmental Impact Assessment guidelines. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Anthony Roberts launched the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a summary of the Plan. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the Plan recognises a borderless region with Canberra at the centre of South East NSW, as a pivotal economic and social driver for the region. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

The ACT City Renewal Authority board issued a statement following its first meeting. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Gerry McCarthy announced a $980,000 grant for the rollout of the 'My Place' homelessness program in Alice Springs. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / WATER

The Victorian Government announced the release of a series of Urban Water Strategies. [Full Text]

Minister Lisa Neville said the demand for water in Melbourne and the surrounding region could almost double over the next 50 years, according to projections. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ENERGY

Premier Jay Weatherill announced an agreement with Tesla to build the world's largest lithium ion battery in SA. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute congratulated the SA Government. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a paper on the agreement. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Treasurer Peter Gutwein urged Southern Tasmanian councils to apply to the State's Economic Stimulus Scheme to enable infrastructure projects to be brought forward. [Full Text]