Monday, 13 January 2020

BUSHFIRE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The PM announced $1 million for each of the 42 most bushfire-impacted councils in NSW, Victoria, SA and Queensland, and $18 million for additional support to larger council areas. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Jason Clare welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association said it appreciated the urgent response for payments. [Full Text]

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said disaster relief payments to individuals and businesses impacted by the bushfires will be tax exempt. [Full Text]

The National Bushfire Recovery Coordinator issued a statement. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Services called for increased disaster recovery payments and funding for the food relief community sector. [Full Text]

The Department of Human Services has published a summary of support available for people directly affected by bushfires in disaster declared areas. [Full Text]

BUSHFIRE / FINANCE / BUSHFIRE / INDIGENOUS

Indigenous Business Australia announced $2,000 bushfire crisis grants for its home loan borrowers. [Full Text]

BUSHFIRE / INDUSTRY

The Property Council outlined the bushfire relief and recovery support from the property industry. [Full Text]

Master Builders announced a $150,000 donation for communities impacted by bushfire. [Full Text]

BUSHFIRE / ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the Government should convene a meeting of state and territory environment ministers and commence a Natural Asset Audit. [Full Text]

The BoM issued '2019 Annual Climate Statement'. [Full Text]

The NZ Government issued a report on how it is meeting its international commitments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Monash University launched the Inclusive Australia Social Inclusion Index. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

The Ai Group announced its lowest Performance of Construction Index result in over six years. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced $1 billion over two years to rebuild bushfire impacted communities in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Gareth Ward launched the Bushfire Housing Assistance Service for people in NSW temporarily or permanently displaced by bushfires. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / PLANNING

The NSW RFS issued an update to its 'Planning for Bushfire Protection' document for councils, planners, fire authorities and developers. [Full Text]

MINING / ENVIRONMENT / PLANNING

The Environmental Defenders Office made a submission on draft planning legislation relating to the consideration of carbon emissions from coal exported from new mining projects in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / PLANNING

The Urban Taskforce said it supports the concept of a Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula Place Infrastructure Compact but called for the identification and costing of the infrastructure required. [Full Text]

Further detail on the Draft Place-based Infrastructure Compact model for the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / WATER

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue welcomed the NSW Government's announcement that it will fast-track the doubling of Sydney's desalination capacity. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / BUSHFIRE

Information on disaster assistance is on the VicEmergency website. [Full Text]

Information on financial crisis support in Victoria is online. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Jacinta Allan announced the removal of three level crossings and the construction of two new stations at Cheltenham and Mentone in Melbourne. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Kate Jones said up to 11 new worksites will open for Brisbane's Cross River Rail this year. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / BUSHFIRE

The PM said bushfire assistance in SA is being provided under jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDIGENOUS

The WA Government released an issues paper as part of the development of an Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / HEALTH

The WA Government released draft concept designs for the $73 million Geraldton Health Campus redevelopment. [Full Text]