Thursday, 12 April 2018

PLANNING / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI released a report, 'Supporting affordable housing supply: inclusionary planning in new and renewing communities'. [Full Text]

AHURI and the University of Sydney said that requiring developers to include affordable housing when land is rezoned and incentives for projects offering lower rents or sale prices are two ideas in the report. [Full Text]

Minister Chris Bowen said Federal Labor has long advocated for inclusionary zoning, which has been effective in increasing affordable housing overseas. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said that AHURI's affordable housing policies will force apartment costs up. [Full Text]

The HIA released a report, 'Housing Australia's Future'. [Full Text]

The HIA said Australia needs to build in more than 230,000 homes every year if the current housing affordability challenge is to be addressed. [Full Text]

PLANNING / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INTERNATIONAL

Techniques from the US UK, SA and NSW that can ensure affordable housing is in the mix were discussed by staff from the University of Sydney. [Full Text]

PLANNING / ICT

Staff from UNSW said sensors in public spaces can help create cities that are both smart and sociable. [Full Text]

PLANNING / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Regional Universities Network made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities on the role of Government in developing cities. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

AHURI issued a brief, 'Where has homelessness increased in Australia?'. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The ABS issued 'Building Activity, Australia, Dec 2017'. [Full Text]

The HIA said investors have been the target of a number of regulatory interventions and this is impacting residential building activity. [Full Text]

AMP said that Australian capital city home prices fell 0.2% in March, their fifth monthly fall in a row. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that build-to-rent projects can ease our housing crisis. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ENERGY

ASBEC said draft changes to Australia's Building Code will improve energy efficiency standards in commercial buildings. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

Core Logic said the ratio of household and housing debt to disposable income continued to climb over the December 2017 quarter, reaching a new record high. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY

The Ai Group/HIA Performance of Construction Index increased by 1.2 points to 57.2 in March. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said if the nation's governments want Australians to accept population growth, they must invest in infrastructure to preserve and enhance quality of life. [Full Text]

GENERAL

Barton Deakin Brief summarised the key electoral boundary changes in the ACT and Victoria. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the NSW Government has committed $100 million to secure open green space and $20 million for playgrounds as part of its new $290 million Open Spaces and Greener Sydney package. [Full Text]

Premier Berejiklian and Ministers Anthony Roberts and Gabrielle Upton said the NSW Government will more than double the tree canopy in Sydney from 16.8 per cent at present to 40 per cent by 2030. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said it is important that the package acknowledges more urban approaches to greening that include green walls, green roofs and the role of street trees in precincts of higher density. [Full Text]

PIA said the funds should focus on open space acquisition and embellishment costs that are beyond the scope of local and state contributions plans and which deliver the plan for Greater Sydney. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said Sydney is fast moving from being a suburban low rise city to now adding an urban high rise layer, in a video. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ECONOMICS

Core Logic discussed key trends that will define the Sydney housing landscape in 2018. [Full Text]

PIA has urged the NSW Government to continue its strong investment into strategic planning and reform of the state planning system in the upcoming State Budget. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Property Council said the NSW Government should develop a NSW Affordable Housing Policy. [Full Text]

Staff from UNSW discussed a need for more boarding houses in Sydney in The City Futures Blog. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RURAL AND REGIONAL / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The NSW Government announced that an inner-city affordable housing development for 30 new dwellings will be delivered by Evolve Housing on Newcastle's former rail corridor. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RURAL AND REGIONAL / PLANNING

Minister Anthony Roberts said the revitalisation of Gosford City Centre is articulated in the first of a series of Government Architect recommendations released for public exhibition. [Full Text]

The plan and supporting documents are online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Minister Andrew Constance introduced a bill into the Legislative Assembly to establish the Sydney Metro statutory authority, a government controlled organisation to deliver the city's new metro railway system. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Constance said the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest will open in 2019 with 13 metro stations and 4,000 new commuter park spaces. [Full Text]

The recent announcement by the NSW Opposition that Metro West rail will be preferred over other lines misses the point that the full network for Sydney is required, said the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS

Sydney Airport issued 'Economic Contribution of Sydney Airport'. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING / ECONOMICS / TRANSPORT

Chief Minister Andrew Barr gave a State of the Territory address to the Canberra Business Chamber. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HERITAGE / FINANCE

The NT Department of Tourism and Culture announced the opening of the 2018-19 NT History Grants program, with a total of $250,000 to preserve historical places. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Queensland Productivity Commission released 'Housing in Queensland: affordability and preferences'. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister Paul Fletcher announced $1 billion to ease congestion on the M1 Motorway. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

Hawker Britton issued an Occasional Paper on SA Labor electing new Parliamentary leadership. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued an Occasional Paper on the new SA Labor Shadow Ministry and leadership announcement. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / AWARDS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The City of Adelaide's Economic Insights Dashboard was recognised for 'Excellence in Local Economic Development' at the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Leadership Excellent Awards. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The UDIA WA said it supports the state government's decision to suspend work on a 'Green Growth Plan' for Perth and Peel as it could impact housing affordability and future development in the region. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The REIWA said it understands the WA Government is facing another difficult budget but relying on the property industry to prop up state finances will do little to ease the state's fiscal pressures. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Property Council called on local governments to accept the Minister Peter Tinley's challenge to shift from 'business as usual' in housing delivery, to achieve greater housing diversity in Perth. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / DESIGN

Minister Rita Saffioti released early concept plans for the $86.4 million upgrade of Bayswater Station, which will form a central junction for the future Morley-Ellenbrook and Forrestfield-Airport rail links. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Minister Albanese said that a Shorten Labor Government will invest $83 million to develop a new Midland Station and extend the Midland train line. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Shorten and Shadow Minister Albanese committed $64m to a Perth road project. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Roger Jaensch announced a pilot housing program is designed to encourage residential property owners to make their affordable rental homes available for low income earners. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Peter Gutwein said that the Tasmanian Government has informed Hobart City Council it will use legislative power to take over management of Davey and Macquarie Streets. [Full Text]