Monday, 6 May 2019

ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Australia Institute issued an analysis of regional winners and losers from the Federal Government's tax plan. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Deloitte said it is forecasting private business investment to remain relatively flat in 2019, before recovering to grow at a faster rate than overall real GDP in 2020 and 2021. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Building Approvals, Australia, Mar 2019'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said approvals fell by 4.8 per cent during the March quarter which follows from steady declines during 2018. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said that after falling by 8.5 per cent in 2018, new home sales appear to have stabilised. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

The Everybody's Home campaign launched an interactive platform for voters to ask local candidates where they stand on five key actions to fix Australia's housing system. [Full Text]

National Shelter published a guide to housing policies for each major party in the federal election. [Full Text]

The leaders of the Councils of Social Service around the country called for bipartisan support on funding for remote housing. [Full Text]

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors called for national action from the two major parties on homelessness and housing affordability. [Full Text]

GEOSPATIAL AND DIGITAL ENGINEERING

Maxar, Toyota and NTT Data announced a partnership to build scalable, high definition maps for use by autonomous vehicles. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / POPULATION

Associate Professor Wendy Steele from RMIT discussed relocating and building new cities to achieve greater sustainability, following Indonesia's plan to move its capital city. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council called for feedback on its Green Star for New Buildings consultation paper. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Liberal Party announced an environment package, including a $100 million recycling fund. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the announcement. [Full Text]

Labor committed over $1 billion to environment programs, including the establishment of a national Environment Protection Authority. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association commented on the environment announcements of the major parties. [Full Text]

The Coastal Councils Association published a report from its recent conference. [Full Text]

GENERAL

Bill Shorten addressed the Labor campaign launch. [Full Text]

AWARDS / INFRASTRUCTURE

The winners of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia's National Infrastructure Awards were announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

The PM committed $70 million to road projects for Sydney's central coast. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

The NSW Government announced a $20 million social impact investment program to help prevent homelessness among people leaving health facilities. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

NSW property industry confidence has dropped to the lowest in the nation, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / SUSTAINABILITY

The third round of the ACT Community Zero Emissions Grants Program is open for applications. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE / INDUSTRY

The NT Government announced the establishment of a new team in the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation to help facilitate the delivery of significant projects. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Gerald McCarthy outlined the remote housing components of the NT Budget. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Federal Labor committed $2 billion for the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews welcomed the commitment. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tim Pallas said a Deloitte report shows the value of infrastructure projects in the state growing by $18 billion or 20.5 per cent over the past year. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

City of Melbourne Councillors will tomorrow consider the Draft Transport Strategy 2030 for Melbourne. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network commented on the Draft Strategy. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / RURAL AND REGIONAL / ECONOMICS

The Victorian Auditor-General tabled 'Outcomes of Investing in Regional Victoria'. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Federal Labor announced a road and rail infrastructure package for Queensland. [Full Text]

Minister Mark Bailey said data shows that public transport patronage in south east Queensland is on track for its second year of record growth. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Real Estate Institute Queensland said regional rental markets have proved the most volatile in the March quarter. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INDIGENOUS

Q Shelter welcomed a Federal Labor commitment to fund remote housing in Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / REGULATION

Minister Stirling Hinchliffe announced the dismissal of Logan City Council in Brisbane. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AWARDS / INDUSTRY

The Australasian Housing Institution announced the Professional Excellence in Housing Award winners for Queensland. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / REGULATION

Minister Stephan Knoll called for proposals to run trials of demand responsive transport services in SA. [Full Text]

The SA Local Government Association called for council feedback on the draft issues paper: 'Share Bike and e-Scooter Model Policy & Procedures'. [Full Text]

Federal Labor committed to making the Spencer Gulf region of SA a Renewable Energy Zone. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / FINANCE

Premier Mark McGowan announced an expansion of eligibility criteria to allow more people to access the WA Government's Keystart mortgage lending assistance scheme. [Full Text]

The Civil Contractors Federation said increasing Keystart income limits would provide a boost for civil contractors in the subdivision market. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said the temporary relaxation of Keystart criteria should be a first step in assisting more potential home buyers into home ownership. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The WA Government issued a summary of reform to strata regulation that is underway. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AWARDS / INDUSTRY

Brookfield Properties has won the Property Council's Rider Levett Bucknall Western Australian Development of the Year award. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Tasmanian Government announced the passage of the Greater Hobart Bill, to help facilitate the Hobart City Deal. [Full Text]