Monday, 11 December 2017

GENERAL

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor launched Australia's first National Cities Performance Framework and live dashboard. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said the dashboard and framework provide an evidence base for long-term integrated strategic planning. [Full Text]

WATER

Infrastructure Australia issued 'Reforming Urban Water: A national pathway for change'. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia CEO Philip Davies said water bills could more than double by 2040 unless steps are taken to reform Australia's urban water. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

The Green Building Council launched the Living Green Star website, focused on the benefits of sustainable homes and the choices available. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council announced that the Lendlease Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial has become the first Australian fund to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star - Performance rating. [Full Text]

Mirvac announced a 'House with No Bills' sustainable demonstration home, to launch in Melbourne in 2018. [Full Text]

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation announced a $200 million debt facility to boost energy efficiency in shopping centres, its largest property investment commitment to date. [Full Text]

The New Zealand Green Building Council launched a Green Star Performance tool. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / DESIGN

Horticulture Innovation Australia listed the top ten achievements of its '202020 Vision' urban green space initiative. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

A report has been tabled from an inquiry on the effect of an automatic rent deduction scheme on income support recipients. [Full Text]

Swinburne University's Peter Mares discussed Canada's National Housing Strategy and Australia's National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation. [Full Text]

FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

CEDA released the results of its annual 'Big Issues' business survey, including a section on housing affordability. [Full Text]

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

The HIA said the market share of first home buyers has surged to a 5-year high. [Full Text]

APRA released a paper on its requirements for the banking sector to set aside capital in periods where excess credit growth is judged to be associated with the build-up of systemic risk. [Full Text]

Prosper Australia questioned the contention that a land tax for investors would be passed on as higher rents. [Full Text]

Australia has been ranked 7th by Knight Frank in terms of percentage change in house prices over the past 12 months. [Full Text]

ANZ said that foreign buyers have not been the primary driver of price growth in recent years. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / REGULATION / MAPPING

UNSW's Professor Christopher Pettit discussed the potential impacts of dockless bike sharing in terms of disruption and data gathering. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation tabled its interim report. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHICS

The ABS released a consultation paper on the need for a determination to be remade to allow the ABS to continue to release statistical information. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / WATER / SUSTAINABILITY

UNSW, Sydney Water and the CRC for Low Carbon Living issued 'Cooling Western Sydney: A strategic study on the role of water in mitigating urban heat in Western Sydney'. [Full Text]

UNSW said water technology, cool tiling and pavement materials, and more canopies are crucial to providing relief from the urban heat island effect. [Full Text]

Lendlease announced that the Barangaroo development in Sydney will become an exporter of recycled water. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / HERITAGE

Minister Pru Goward announced that the Sirius building is officially on the market. [Full Text]

Save Our Sirius said the Sirius building is listed on the NSW Governments own s170 Heritage Register. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney announced that it is seeking to protect the Bidura Metropolitan Remand Centre in Glebe following an independent heritage assessment. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the protection of brutalist buildings is being used to stop new development. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

AMP Capital said it has received Stage 2 DA approval to refurbish Sydney's first skyscraper, 33 Alfred Street, Circular Quay. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local Government NSW released the results of a survey on community perceptions of local government. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said it is keen to work with the NSW Government to improve current models for delivering social infrastructure. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils launched 'Zero Waste Network Sydney', focussed on supporting reuse, repair and recycling social enterprises. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

SGS published slides from a recent presentation on the wider implications of the ACT's Land Rent Scheme. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ACCESSIBILITY

The ACT Government announced that the suburbs of Page and Hughes have been selected for the Age Friendly Suburbs program. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Victorian Government issued the 'Country Roads: Your insights, our actions' report and digital dashboard. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

The Victorian Planning Authority announced the first Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution works-in-kind agreement reached in the State. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

The Real Estate Institute launched a petition calling on the Victorian Government to amend proposed changes to rental laws. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Federation of Victoria said many of the proposed improvements to the rights of tenants are long overdue and a good thing. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Master Builders issued a response to the interim report from the Victorian Cladding Taskforce. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / GENERAL

The Victorian Housing Registrar published a good practice guide to community engagement. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / GENERAL

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that a majority of seats in the Queensland Election have been won by Labor. [Full Text]

Premier Palaszczuk announced that Jackie Trad will be appointed Treasurer and Cameron Dick will be appointed Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / NORTHERN TERRITORY / AWARDS / DESIGN

Winners of the SA-NT Design Institute of Australia Awards have been announced, including a built environment category. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

Premier Mark McGowan released a report from a review of the functions, operations and culture of the WA public sector. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a brief on the Service Priority Review. [Full Text]