Monday, 11 September 2017

SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

The Green Building Certification Institute released the GRESB International Sustainability Benchmarking results for real estate, debt assessment and infrastructure. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The ABS issued 'Housing Finance, Australia, July 2017'. [Full Text]

The HIA said that first home buyers are returning to the market in NSW and Victoria off the back of enhanced stamp duty concessions in these markets. [Full Text]

Investment firm MSCI said that residential build-to-rent has seen a major surge in Australia and could provide diversification benefits for real estate investment portfolios. [Full Text]

LF Economics published an analysis of the performance of housing as an investment class over the long-term. [Full Text]

Digital Finance Analytics published a list of the top postcodes for mortgage stress and risk of default in the next 12 months. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

During August, growth in the construction of detached houses continued while apartment construction slipped backwards, according to the Ai Group. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The Institute of Architects said it fully supports all of the recommendations put forward by the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into non-conforming building products. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it is considering the report from the inquiry into non-conforming building products and the broader issue of fire safety. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The UTS Centre for Local Government published a summary of its report 'Walking with Communities: Local Government and Community Responses to Local Area Renewal'. [Full Text]

EDUCATION / INTERNATIONAL

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings have been released. [Full Text]

AWARDS / INDUSTRY

Holdmark Property Group CEO Sarkis Nassif has been announced as the Urban Taskforce Property Person of the Year. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick has been announced as Executive Director of the new Office of Housing Coordination. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations made a submission to the inquiry on land release and housing supply in NSW. [Full Text]

The UDIA published its submission to the NSW land release and housing supply inquiry. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

NSW Planning and Environment published a lobbyist contact register for the Greater Sydney Commission. [Full Text]

The NSW Government published draft regulation for the protection and management of Crown land. [Full Text]

PLANNING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / NEW SOUTH WALES

The Urban Taskforce announced its 'Council Watch' program to report on housing supply and planning application processing among key Councils in Sydney. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW issued 'Local Government Capability Framework'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / EDUCATION

NSW Planning and Environment released a State Environmental Planning Policy for child-care providers, schools, TAFEs and universities. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / MINING / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Minister Anthony Roberts released the first social impact assessment guideline for major resource projects in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

UNSW Built Environment will host a panel discussion on spatial inequality on 26 September. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / DESIGN / ICT

UrbanGrowth NSW announced that the inaugural Co.Lab forum will be held in Sydney on 20 October, with a focus on innovative responses to urban transformation challenges. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

The ACT Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal invited submissions to its inquiry into a draft planning variation relating to zone changes for the Weston precinct. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOMELESSNESS

The NT Government announced a $10 million funding agreement with the Federal Government to develop an interagency homelessness strategy and a five year action plan. [Full Text]

NT Shelter welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Municipal Association of Victoria said that a reduction in State and Federal funding combined with a two per cent rate cap has left small rural councils struggling to maintain local services and assets. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Queensland Government announced a trial of public housing solar panel installation in Cairns, Rockhampton and Logan. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ICT

The Queensland Government released an Open Data Policy Statement following the recent release of its 'DIGITAL1ST' Strategy. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

Premier Jay Weatherill announced that the SA Government's Fund My Neighbourhood program, one of the world's biggest participatory budgeting exercises, has received over one thousand ideas. [Full Text]

Minister Stephen Mullighan said that new activities on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site will start within days of its closure as a health facility. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The SA Government released a roadmap to accelerate investment in hydrogen energy infrastructure and technology. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

The WA Budget has been released. [Full Text]

Treasurer Ben Wyatt said the WA Government has identified $3.5 billion of Budget repair and savings measures across the forward estimates. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / FINANCE

Treasurer Wyatt announced a four per cent foreign buyers surcharge for residential property in WA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Rita Saffioti announced $1.34 billion for Perth's Metronet rail project. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum said the tourism and transport sectors have not been sacrificed in what has proven to be a very difficult Budget for the WA Government. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The WA Planning Commission Call for public submissions on updated guidelines for the lifting of 'urban deferred' zoning. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi announced that she will stand down from her duties pending a Supreme Court appeal regarding a tribunal finding of 45 breaches of the Local Government Act. [Full Text]