Monday, 19 March 2018

INFRASTRUCTURE

The National Growth Areas Alliance issued 'Transformational Infrastructure Projects in Australia's Fast Growing Outer Suburbs'. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia released an update of its assessment framework. [Full Text]

A report has been tabled from the inquiry into the security of critical infrastructure. [Full Text]

FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / PLANNING

Staff from the University of Sydney, UNSW and Curtin University addressed some misconceptions in the policy conversation around housing affordability. [Full Text]

Master Builders commented on the recent RBA report on the effect of zoning on house prices. [Full Text]

The ACCC released the interim report from its inquiry on residential mortgage pricing. [Full Text]

The Banking Royal Commission issued a paper on features of the mortgage broking industry. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL / DEMOGRAPHICS

Staff from RMIT University, UWA and UNSW discussed the idea of new cities to accommodate population growth. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Staff from RMIT University said that homeless numbers will keep rising until governments change course on housing. [Full Text]

The St Vincent de Paul Society said homelessness could be ended with political will. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT

The Charities and Not-for-profits Commission issued 'Australia's Grant-making Charities in 2016'. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation announced a joint initiative with Mirvac to embed clean energy initiatives in three new master planned residential communities. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Mark Butler addressed the Green Cities conference. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese addressed the Green Cities conference. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

The IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference issued its research agenda. [Full Text]

RMIT University's Professor Jago Dodson outlined some key insights from the conference. [Full Text]

GRESB issued an overview of its new property and infrastructure resilience model, to supplement the organisation's existing sustainability benchmarking framework. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT

The Bicycle Network issued 'Bike Rider Fatality Report 1998-2017'. [Full Text]

The Greens called on the PM to commit to safer bike paths and bike lanes. [Full Text]

Professor Andrew McNaughton discussed the UK experience integrating faster rail with an existing rail network, in an interview published by the Committee for Sydney (audio). [Full Text]

DESIGN / INDUSTRY

The Association of Consulting Architects issued 'Strategic Plan 2018-2023'. [Full Text]

The Building Codes Board announced that an amendment to the National Construction Code relating to external wall claddings has been adopted by states and territories. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

The WT Foundation issued 'Construction market conditions 2018'. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / INDUSTRY

Minister Josh Frydenberg discussed waste and recycling issues on ABC Melbourne (audio). [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Anthony Roberts delivered a $23 million cheque to City West Housing for affordable rental housing in the City of Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Pru Goward said Census homelessness estimates have shown an emerging issue of overcrowding, and the NSW Government will investigate this issue and what needs to be done to address it. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RETIREMENT LIVING / ACCESSIBILITY / HEALTH

Minister Tanya Davies released an action plan and progress report as part of the NSW Government's Ageing Strategy. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The Planning Institute criticised a newspaper article about the City of Sydney Council's Local Planning Panel member John McInerney. [Full Text]

Clayton Utz published a summary of recent changes to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TOURISM

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley announced the passage of a motion requiring the NSW Government to release all documents relating to stadiums since January 2015. [Full Text]

A Public Accountability Committee has been established in the NSW Legislative Council. [Full Text]

A Public Works Committee has also been established in the NSW Legislative Council. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Environmental Defenders Office said the decision by the Minister to immediately remake the NSW Land Management Native Vegetation Code without amendment is very disappointing. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council said the Government's own experts have warned that 99 per cent of koala habit on private land is left exposed to clearing by these laws. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Yvette Berry said ABS homelessness data shows a significant fall in both the number of homeless Canberrans and the rate of homelessness in the ACT. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service cautiously welcomed the data but stressed the need to ensure that services can adequately respond. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INDIGENOUS

The NT Department of Housing and Community Development called for submissions to present innovative solutions in remote housing. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOMELESSNESS

NT Shelter said a reduction in the number of homeless persons across the NT over the past five years is welcome news but numbers remain unacceptably high. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / DESIGN / INDUSTRY

The Institute of Architects and the NT Government called for expressions of interest to nominate for the NT Architects Board. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Victorian Auditor-General's Office issued 'Managing Surplus Government Land'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOMELESSNESS

The Council to Homeless Persons said the Census shows an 11 per cent increase in Victorian homelessness. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The Victorian Building Authority issued ministerial guidelines relating to external cladding. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Tim Pallas released the 2017-18 Mid-Year Financial Report for Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

The Victorian Auditor-General's Office issued 'Improving Victoria's Air Quality'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HEALTH / TRANSPORT

The City of Melbourne launched a campaign to encourage people who live or work in city to walk and cycle around. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INFRASTRUCTURE

Ministers Michael McCormack and Jacinta Allan announced a bilateral agreement for the Inland Rail project in Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / EVENTS / ICT

The Cities 4.0 Summit will be held from tomorrow in Melbourne. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Anthony Lynham introduced legislation to ban broadscale clearing of remnant vegetation for agriculture in Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOMELESSNESS

The Queensland Government announced that it will lock in five-year funding contracts for specialist homelessness service providers. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Ministers Michael McCormack and Paul Fletcher discussed the development of a business case for a faster rail link to connect Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDUSTRY

Rachel Hunter has been announced as Director-General of the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. [Full Text]