Monday, 16 October 2017

GENERAL

RMIT University issued 'Creating Liveable Cities in Australia'. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS / ENERGY

The University of Sydney released a policy paper that proposes a customer stewardship framework for infrastructure assets. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia released its annual Australian Infrastructure Investment Report. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said that two thirds of investors are spooked by the Federal Government's unpredictable policies on energy and other market interventions. [Full Text]

ENERGY / INDUSTRY

The HIA said that energy security and pricing remain the most significant factors in making investment decisions for building product manufacturers. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / SUSTAINABILITY / ICT

The Australia Institute issued 'If you build it, they will charge; Sparking Australia's electric vehicle boom'. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor opened the 'Future Street' smart city installation at Circular Quay in Sydney. [Full Text]

PLANNING

The Planning Institute advocated for a sustainable and integrated national settlement strategy, in a submission to the inquiry into the Government's role in the development of cities. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Community Housing Industry Association summarised recent Federal Government social and affordable housing financing initiatives. [Full Text]

FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

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

The data shows that investor lending and housing starts are cooling, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The data shows that first home buyers are returning to the market due to increased stability, according to the Real Estate Institute. [Full Text]

The ABS released 'Housing Occupancy and Costs, 2015-16' and said the proportion of income that mortgagees are using for housing has declined over the last decade. [Full Text]

UNSW's Professor Richard Holden discussed the mortgage risks recently highlighted in a hearing for the House Committee review of the four major banks. [Full Text]

The RBA released its half-yearly Financial Stability Review, including sections on household finances and investment property exposures. [Full Text]

Confidence across the property sector has lifted to the highest level in four years, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced a policy to establish a national licensing scheme for building practitioners. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Ministers Anthony Roberts and Pru Goward released a proposal to rezone land at Telopea in Sydney to accommodate a town centre and up to 4,900 homes as part of the Communities Plus scheme. [Full Text]

An Environmental Impact Statement for the University of Sydney's proposed Health Precinct Stage 1 Building is on exhibition as a State Significant Development. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Toole announced that the draft Community Engagement Strategy for Crown Land in NSW will be on public exhibition from today. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The NSW Government announced that UrbanGrowth NSW projects have been allocated into three separate government organisations - Landcom, the UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation and the Hunter Development Corporation. [Full Text]

There has been a significant strengthening of industry sentiment in NSW, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / HERITAGE

Property NSW listed the final prices of seven recently sold properties as part of the Millers Point sales program. [Full Text]

Property NSW announced that a heritage-listed commercial property in The Rocks will be released to the market to fund public domain upgrades on the harbor foreshore. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that over 8,600 new weekly public transport services for NSW will start on 26 November. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Gabrielle Upton discussed the Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill introduced by the NSW Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN

The Art Gallery of NSW announced a series of consultation events on its design concept for the Sydney Modern Project. [Full Text]

Architecture firm LAVA's concept designs for a possible cruise line redevelopment of Garden Island are online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / DESIGN / ENVIRONMENT

Winners of the NSW Landscape Architecture Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The ACT Suburban Land Agency announced that the first residents of the new suburb of Taylor at Gungahlin are expected to move in around mid-2018. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INSURANCE

The ACT Government announced its first citizens' jury process to consider reform to compulsory third-party insurance regulation. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / GENERAL

The ACT Opposition called for the establishment of an independent anti-corruption authority. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / INDIGENOUS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Gerry McCarthy announced that the NT Government has built additional living spaces in 21 remote Aboriginal communities under its Room to Breathe program. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

The NT EPA recommended conditional approval of the proposed Noonamah Ridge Estate near Darwin, including 4,200 residential lots and a town centre. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Sir Rod Eddington discussed the Melbourne Metro, the East-West Link and a possible Melbourne Airport rail link, in a speech. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

The Property Council said that a decline in sales to foreign investors could be an indication that the Victorian foreign tax regime is sending a negative signal to overseas investors. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk introduced legislation to support the recommendations of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission's report on integrity in local government. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Confidence levels in the Queensland property industry have lifted for the fourth consecutive quarter, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

Property Investment Professionals said that confidence in Brisbane's housing market has hit its strongest level in months amid growing belief that a rebalance against southern capitals is under way. [Full Text]

The Property Council criticised a Queensland Valuer-General's decision not to issue new statutory valuations for some local government areas. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HEALTH / TRANSPORT / DESIGN

The University of Queensland estimated the health benefits that would be realised if Brisbane's active travel targets for 2026 were achieved. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The City of Adelaide announced that it achieved a 25 per cent reduction in the time taken to process planning approvals during the 12 months to June. [Full Text]

A proposed planning amendment is online for the rezoning of surplus land at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, for medium to high density housing and a mixed use precinct. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ENERGY

The SA Opposition released an energy policy. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Property Council said that business confidence in the WA property sector has climbed more than any state. [Full Text]