Monday, 16 April 2018

PLANNING

Australia's long-term housing needs are impaired by poor reporting on the supply of new residential land, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

PLANNING / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

PIA said affordable housing supply is a critical issue for governments but so is ensuring Australians have good access to meaningful employment, good social services and facilities, and quality environments. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

The Centre for Social Impact released 'The state of homelessness in Australia's cities'. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Chris Bowen said Labor has a plan to tackle housing affordability, that deals with both demand and supply issues. [Full Text]

A coalition of community housing and homelessness advocates said Australia's real problem is housing tax measures that give big incentives for investors at the expense of home buyers. [Full Text]

David Kelly from Deakin University said the voices of residents missing in a time of crisis for public housing. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The ABS issued 'Housing Finance, Australia, February 2018'. [Full Text]

The HIA said the value of lending to housing investors has fallen nearly 10 per cent since APRA intervened in the market in April 2016. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The ABS issued 'Building Approvals, Australia, Feb 2018 (Additional Information)'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Construction Activity: Chain Volume Measures, Australia, Dec 2017'. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY

Master Builders released the 'National Survey of Building and Construction' for the March quarter. [Full Text]

Despite large differences in sentiment from different state and territory markets, the strong pipeline of building activity in the eastern states is supporting confidence at a national level, said Master Builders. [Full Text]

Master Builders said that ABS data shows the value of work done by the industry grew by 8 per cent in the last quarter of 2017, contributing more than $28 billion to the economy. [Full Text]

AiGroup's Performance of Construction Index increased by 1.2 points to 57.2 in March. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The RBA issued 'Regional Variation in a National Economy'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / TOURISM

The TTF issued 'Tourism: Supercharging Australia's Future'. [Full Text]

The report shows that overall tourism spending is expected to grow by around $74 billion (or 57 per cent) to $204 billion by 2026, according to the TTF. [Full Text]

RETIREMENT LIVING

National Seniors called on the Government to rethink its downsizing policy and make up to $250,000 of home sale proceeds exempt from the Age Pension means test. [Full Text]

The Property Council said 24 per cent of seniors confirmed a desire to move into smaller, more age appropriate housing which shows that there is strong demand for purpose-built seniors housing. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / ENVIRONMENT

The CEFC announced a $150m investment in the IFM Australian Infrastructure Fund. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Opposition Leader Luke Foley announced that Labor has withdrawn bipartisan support for the Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta and will create a multi-purpose performance and exhibition space on the site. [Full Text]

The introduction of the Greenfield Housing Code by the NSW Government should boost the supply of detached houses for Sydney, said the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

The Property Council said housing codes can ensure good, high quality development can be provided more quickly, increase housing supply and bring down home prices. [Full Text]

Randwick City Council said it will seek to fast-track amendments to its planning controls to align with the new NSW Government housing code for terraces and dual occupancies. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the NSW Government's announcement that they will plant 5 million trees in Sydney by 2030 is good news but road and electricity agencies must give support. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

The DPE said it will be able to utilise Enforceable Undertakings to better crack down on companies and individuals who cause environmental damage. [Full Text]

More information on Enforceable Undertakings and their use by the DPE is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

The DPE has found the proposed energy from waste facility at Eastern Creek should be refused and has referred the application to the Independent Planning Commission for final decision. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / MINING / REGULATION

The DPE said it will undertake unannounced night-time inspections at mines across NSW in response to community concerns about environmental management. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Minister Mick Gentleman invited EOI to deliver best practice and innovative planning and design projects across the ACT as part of the Demonstration Housing project. [Full Text]

Information and documents for the project are online. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

The Curtin Group Centre Master Plan is a step closer following the release of changes to the draft master plan for community comment, said Minister Gentleman. [Full Text]

The changed draft master plan is online. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

PM Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Ministers Michael McCormack and Paul Fletcher committed $5 billion for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link project. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin discussed the announcement and the proposed project. [Full Text]

Senator Janet Rice called for route and ownership to put public needs first. [Full Text]

The Property Council said State and Federal governments now have an opportunity to work with experts to settle on the route and deliver this much needed transport connection. [Full Text]

The IPA said the key detail for the connection to Melbourne Airport will be how much hard dollar funding is allocated in May's Federal Budget. [Full Text]

ARA said any proposed route will need to consider the highest frequency for journey time and be accessible to commuters who travel to large regional centres. [Full Text]

The Accommodation Association said a rail link from the CBD to Melbourne Airport would be a key piece of infrastructure for the city, for Victoria and for Australia, including the tourism industry. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Jaala Pulford announced that planning approval for Ballarat's $100 million GovHub building has been granted. [Full Text]

Minister Pulford announced more than $5.3 million for the Gippsland Logistics Precinct Stage 2 Infrastructure works. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / RURAL AND REGIONAL / ICT

Regional Development Victoria said more than $1 million is being put towards the digital plans to bring together information on each region's digital infrastructure and services. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY

UDIA Victoria has submitted industry's recommendations for the 2018-19 Victoria State Budget. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The HIA said the Queensland Government has announced plans to reintroduce a construction waste levy for residential building sites. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

Brisbane City Council launched an online game, 'Plan your Brisbane' for users to comment on Brisbane's future. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / EMPLOYMENT

Premier Steven Marshall announced a meeting with PM Turnbull to discuss job creation opportunities and infrastructure funding. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

The AEC invited comment on proposed SA federal electoral divisions. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The City of Fremantle called for the hidden costs of fringe urban development to be made explicit in its submission to the House Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities inquiry into the development of cities. [Full Text]

Minister Rita Saffioti discussed feedback received during the first round of consultation on the development of the Westport: Ports and Environs Strategy. [Full Text]

The 'Westport: What you have told us' consultation report is online. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

REIWA said lots less than 100 square metres provide an affordable entry into the property market while still allowing the freedom of green title housing. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOMELESSNESS

End Homelessness WA released: 'The Western Australian Strategy to End Homelessness'. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Roger Jaensch announced the first of 78 newly constructed two bedroom units to help ease Tasmania's housing shortage. [Full Text]