Thursday, 16 May 2019

PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

Labor released its Plan for Cities. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese committed to re-establish the Major Cities Unit within Infrastructure Australia and refresh the National Urban Policy. [Full Text]

GENERAL

The Conversation compared key policy offerings from Labor and the Coalition in the federal election. [Full Text]

Peter Martin from the Australian National University said Labor's costings broadly check out. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed Labor's commitment to deliver surpluses and pay down debt in its costings. [Full Text]

Tim Colebatch from Inside Story analysed Labor's tax and spending plans. [Full Text]

FINANCE

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Federal Coalition's proposed First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute welcomed the major parties' support of a First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. [Full Text]

PowerHousing Australia welcomed the bipartisan support. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said lowering 5 per cent deposits for first home owners will stimulate the slow apartment sector. [Full Text]

The Property Investment Professionals said the property industry appreciates that first home buyers will see a boost, no matter which major party wins the federal election. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said supporting eligible first home buyers who have saved a 5 per cent deposit, by guaranteeing the balance of the 20 percent deposit, is a great initiative. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service said the bipartisan first home buyers' package will help some first home buyers but it's not the answer to the entrenched housing affordability crisis. [Full Text]

The Institute of Public Affairs said the subsidy scheme is a shortsighted policy which is likely to push up house prices and make housing less accessible for first time buyers. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said first home buyers can't be helped without making other buyers worse off. [Full Text]

Nigel Stapledon from UNSW said topping up deposits by as much as 15 percentage points will help, but housing isn't risk-free. [Full Text]

National Shelter called instead for the development of a National Housing Strategy, which examines all the components of the housing system. [Full Text]

ACOSS, National Shelter, the National Association of Tenant Organisations, Homelessness Australia and CHIA called for an end to scare tactics around negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions. [Full Text]

The Everybody's Home campaign published an analysis of six myths on negative gearing. [Full Text]

Professor Hal Pawson from the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment said reforms to the negative gearing and capital gains tax rules will improve housing affordability for renters over time. [Full Text]

Master Builders said more than $1.8b per year in repair and maintenance work on negatively geared homes will be under threat from Labor's policy to impose restrictions on negative gearing. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said that if franking credits and negative gearing didn't exist, no one would invent them. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The ABS issued 'Lending to households and businesses, Australia, Mar 2019'. [Full Text]

Master Builders said in March, First Home Buyer loans accounted for 27 per cent of owner occupier housing loans, higher than any time since September 2012. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the figures show the eighteenth consecutive month of decreases in owner-occupied finance commitments. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said housing finance commitments for the construction and purchase of new homes are 19 per cent lower than they were in July 2017. [Full Text]

SQM Research said national residential rental vacancy rates increased in April to 2.3 per cent, from 2.1 per cent in March. [Full Text]

The National Australia Bank issued a Housing Market Update. [Full Text]

CoreLogic issued data on the regions that have seen the strongest and weakest annual change in values over the year to April. [Full Text]

Colliers issued a report that compares rent growth of more than 40 markets globally between 2008 and 2018 in primary office and industrial markets. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

AHURI issued 'The business case for social housing as infrastructure'. [Full Text]

The Everybody's Home campaign published a score card on the housing policies of major parties. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Matt Novacevski from the University of Melbourne discussed how to turn a housing development into a place where people feel they belong. [Full Text]

PLANNING / TRANSPORT

Chris De Gruyter from RMIT University said traffic impact assessments for new developments should take all methods of transport into account, not just cars. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT

The Grattan Institute compared the transport policies of Labor and the Coalition. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

Master Builders graded the Coalition and Labor against the issues of relevance to builders and their business. [Full Text]

ICT

The Futures Project launched a digital political candidate, driven by data, to explore the nation's top concerns and how they compare through different lenses such as age, gender, state and region. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Labor released its Plan for Local Government and committed to nearly $1 billion in new funding. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association welcomed the commitment. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association issued a Federal Election Scorecard. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

Fifteen mayors from the Cities Power Partnership called for federal support for local work on climate change, a commitment to a national 100 per cent renewable energy target and to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. [Full Text]

The Climate Council compared the climate and energy policies of major parties. [Full Text]

EVENTS / ICT / DESIGN / INFRASTRUCTURE / SUSTAINABILITY

Registrations are open for the Property Council's Future Cities Summit on 24 May in Sydney. [Full Text]

Smart Cities Week will be held in Sydney in October, hosted by the Smart Cities Council. [Full Text]

AWARDS / PLANNING

The Planning Institute announced the winners of the National Awards for Planning Excellence. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

NSW Planning, Industry and Environment released an organisational chart of its new structure. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said recent statements by Minister Rob Stokes that he wants to eliminate planning proposals that change council Local Environmental Plans misunderstands the need for council plans to respond to government initiatives. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Sydney Business Chamber said more than 70 businesses and community organisations have endorsed Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 and called on NSW Government to commit to funding and delivery of the project by 2025. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced $11m for construction of a 76-hectare defence and aerospace technology park in Newcastle. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Urban Taskforce said recent ABS data indicates big falls in lending to investors and owner occupiers for housing in NSW. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said Sydney's property market, despite recent drops in house prices, is unaffordable for many younger people who now prefer apartment living over a detached house. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / SUSTAINABILITY / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The City of Sydney said it will spend almost $200m in the next financial year on infrastructure projects in Green Square neighbourhood, parks and open spaces and environmental performance in City properties and facilities. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Urban Taskforce said the City of Sydney's announcement of new rules to support the night-time economy is good news for the many people living in urban apartments. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HERITAGE

The City of Sydney approved the heritage listing of the Bourbon building, Kingsley Hall building and Empire Hotel in Kings Cross. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

The ACT Government issued guidelines on the minimum documentation needed to submit for building approval. [Full Text]

Minister Gordon Ramsay said the guidelines are being released as a preview to allow for final industry comments before being enshrined in legislation. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Yvevtte Berry released 'Growing and Renewing Public Housing 2019-24'. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the final cost for Light Rail Stage One came in $108m under the business case and $32m under the contract. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / ECONOMICS

The City of Darwin released its draft 2019/2020 Municipal Plan and Annual Budget. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

The Victorian Government launched an engagement process to guide the development of precinct implementation plans for Fishermans Bend. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Federal Coalition committed $4b for Melbourne's East West Link. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews welcomed the Federal Labor commitment to partner with Victoria to build the Suburban Rail Loop. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENVIRONMENT

Federal Labor committed $3m for a community consultation process on strengthening environmental protections for Bells Beach, the Otway Ranges and the Great Ocean Road. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / REGULATION

The Victorian Government announced the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry into South Gippsland Shire Council. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Mick de Brenni announced $2m for three new initiatives under the Queensland Government's Housing Strategy. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS

Hawker Britton issued a paper on the WA Budget. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HERITAGE / INDIGENOUS

WA Planning invited feedback on proposals for new Aboriginal heritage legislation. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HERITAGE

The WA Government announced the heritage listing of the Quarry Amphitheatre at City Beach. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ICT

Minister Alan Tudge launched the first phase of the City of Perth's Smart Cities program. [Full Text]