Thursday, 27 February 2020

INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Australia issued the 2020 Infrastructure Priority List. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack welcomed the release of the List. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the List has continued to grow with only seven projects 'graduating' to project delivery stage. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / WATER / ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY / FLOODS / NATURAL DISASTERS

Infrastructure Australia said it has specifically identified a new High Priority Initiative for a National water strategy well as a new Town and City Water Security High Priority Initiative. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council welcomed new High Priority Initiatives on water, waste and coastal inundation. [Full Text]

The Sustainable Built Environment Council said the List identifies several key initiatives to support communities in a climate transition. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

Master Builders said new home building and transport infrastructure are set to drive construction activity higher over the next few years with commercial building likely to retreat from record highs. [Full Text]

AMP said that residential construction should bottom in mid-2020. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the overall housing market reached a turning point at the end of 2019, buoyed by interest rate cuts and house price growth. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2019'. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / DESIGN / REGULATION

The Building Codes Board called for feedback on a regulation impact statement for proposed changes to the National Construction Code. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

The Ai Group issued 'Waste - Australian State of Play'. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Renew Economy said every State and Territory Government has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. [Full Text]

The Prudential Regulation Authority outlined its plans for climate risk prudential guidance and vulnerability assessment. [Full Text]

SGS said transitioning to a low carbon economy and regional economic growth are not opposite objectives. [Full Text]

MINING / SUSTAINABILITY

Rio Tinto announced $1 billion over five years to reach its new emissions targets. [Full Text]

INTERNATIONAL / SUSTAINABILITY / TRANSPORT

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that the environmental impact of Uber and Lyft rides is 69 per cent worse than the transportation modes they replace. [Full Text]

The European Environment Agency's recent report on the main 'first/last/only mile' options for passenger and freight transport. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / REGULATION

Neil Sipe from The University of Queensland said technology, and better infrastructure and public policies, including congestion pricing, are needed to reduce reliance on cars. [Full Text]

The Competition and Consumer Commission issued 'Airport monitoring report 2018-19'. [Full Text]

ENERGY

The Energy Security Board issued 'Health of the National Electricity Market'. [Full Text]

BUSHFIRE / INSURANCE

CHOICE advocated for standard definitions of 'fire' in major home and contents insurance policies. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / RETIREMENT LIVING / FINANCE

Staff from La Trobe and Melbourne Universities said soaring costs of land and housing over the past three decades have destroyed the asset base on which the retirement income system relies. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The Life Course Centre issued 'Pathways of Disadvantage: Unpacking the Intergenerational Correlation in Welfare'. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INTERNATIONAL

The NZ Social Wellbeing Agency issued 'Measuring the impact of social housing placement on wellbeing'. [Full Text]

INDIGENOUS / INDUSTRY

The Auditor-General issued 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation Targets in Major Procurements'. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL

UQ, Griffith and Monash University issued 'Hidden Costs: An Independent Study into Income Management in Australia'. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission issued 'Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments'. [Full Text]

Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar said that given the challenges faced by regional Australia, the Government will not be acting on the Productivity Commission's recommendations. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN / GEOSPATIAL AND DIGITAL ENGINEERING

CSIRO issued a 4D model of Western Sydney's built and natural environment, as part of the NSW Spatial Digital Twin project. [Full Text]

Minister Victor Dominello said the NSW Spatial Digital Twin will provide 3D and 4D digital spatial data and models of built and natural environments. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

The NSW Government finalised terms of reference for the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan Strategic Impact Assessment. [Full Text]

The NSW Government announced that the functions and assets of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority will be brought under the governance of the Place Management NSW Board within NSW Planning. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce urged the NSW Government to be bold in its reform of the planning system, following the release of ABS data on housing construction. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE / PLANNING

The NSW Office of Local Government issued a circular, '20-04 Land use planning changes to assist communities recover from NSW bushfires'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

The Committee for Sydney made recommendations on infrastructure priorities for Sydney, following the release of the Infrastructure Australia Priority List. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / RURAL AND REGIONAL / TENDERS

Minister Paul Toole announced a trial of six new transport services to connect regional communities. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

NSW IPART released the Terms of Reference for its review of the home building compensation fund in NSW. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

ACT Transport Minister Chris Steel welcomed the inclusion of a Sydney-Canberra rail link in the Infrastructure Priority List. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENVIRONMENT

The Victorian Government released a 10-year policy platform and action plan for recycling and the circular economy. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said that funding to support the development of recycling and reuse of waste products announced by the Victorian Government is a positive step. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / SUSTAINABILITY

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said the Victorian Government should use the rise of zero emissions vehicles to initiate road funding reform through introduction of a road user charge on electric vehicles. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network said the Infrastructure Priority List includes a separated network of cycling superhighways feeding into Melbourne's CBD. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

SGS advocated for an increase in the rate and coverage of Victoria's Growth Area Infrastructure Charge, following the recent anti-corruption investigation into the City of Casey. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS / INDIGENOUS

Minister Richard Wynne announced a Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Framework. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / NOT FOR PROFIT

The Victorian Government called for input toward the development of a Volunteer Strategy. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

A Draft Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors has been released by the Victorian Government. [Full Text]

Master Builders Victoria said ABS data shows a strong increase in the number of new building and construction businesses in Victoria. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / NATURAL DISASTERS / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Queensland Government issued a progress report on the rollout of its disaster resilience plan. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INFRASTRUCTURE

The North Queensland Regional Plan has been finalised. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

CoreLogic discussed whether there is an oversupply of units in Brisbane. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / TENDERS

Minister Kate Jones announced a "one stop shop" for contracts on Brisbane's Cross River Rail project. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute issued an update on Brisbane transport projects. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / TENDERS

The SA Government announced three shortlisted consortia as part of the privatisation of Adelaide train and tram network operations. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Civil Contractors Federation said it is a matter of very serious concern that there is not a single new road or rail project earmarked for SA on Infrastructure Australia's updated high priority list. [Full Text]

The City of Adelaide called for feedback on a pilot test of road surfaces designed to reduce urban heat. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / DESIGN / REGULATION

The City of Adelaide called for feedback on design guidelines for buildings in the Adelaide Park Lands. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Mark McGowan said WA now has 23 infrastructure projects and initiatives regarded as 'nationally significant'. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The WA Planning Commission issued an Urban Growth Monitor report. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute listed its top 10 WA suburbs for investors. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

Feedback on the WA Community Titles Act 2018 Discussion Paper closes tomorrow. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / DESIGN

Minister Rita Saffioti announced that Geoff Warn will complete his term as WA Government Architect this week. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute released a report that outlines a cost benefit analysis of modern methods of construction compared with double brick construction. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced that he will not stand at the 2021 state election. [Full Text]