Thursday, 28 May 2020

SUSTAINABILITY / ENVIRONMENT / DESIGN

The Sustainable Built Environment Council issued 'Tomorrow's Homes: A policy framework to transition to sustainable homes for all Australians'. [Full Text]

RMIT announced a decision-making tool for planners to help identify nature-based solutions to tackle environmental problems in cities. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

A group of peak bodies advocated for Federal and State Governments to integrate economic recovery plans with energy efficiency upgrades, clean technology roadmaps, emissions reduction strategies, grid modernisation, carbon farming and bushfire recovery. [Full Text]

The Federal Government issued data on electricity generation by fuel type for 2018-19 and 2019. [Full Text]

Minister Angus Taylor said the data shows 21 per cent of electricity came from renewable energy last year, up from 19 per cent in 2018. [Full Text]

The Energy Market Operator issued 'Future consumer value from Distributed Energy Resources'. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / PLANNING / CORONAVIRUS

Professor Hussein Dia from Swinburne said that transport planning in response to COVID-19 must contribute to shape a recovery that rebuilds lives and promotes equality and sustainability. [Full Text]

RMIT and Cambridge University announced a project to virtually model and test the benefits of transport planning in creating healthier and sustainable cities. [Full Text]

Beyond Zero Emissions said that its research into high speed rail between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane found that it would reduce travel emissions and service 80 per cent of the east coast population. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said the east-coast bullet train advocated by the federal ALP would add to greenhouse gas emissions for decades. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / CORONAVIRUS

Further detail about the Federal Government's $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program is online. [Full Text]

The Civil Contractors Federation welcomed the program but urged further funding for this and other civil infrastructure programs. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The PM outlined steps for Australia's economic recovery from COVID-19. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said that if past experience is any guide, Australia is at risk of a multi-year period of high unemployment with particularly severe impacts on young people. [Full Text]

Deloitte issued 'Executing the COVID-19 recovery: A guide for governments for reopening and restoring their economies'. [Full Text]

Engineers Australia issued 'COVID-19 Recovery - A 9-Point Plan'. [Full Text]

AMP Capital issued 'Econosights: Will fiscal stimulus lead to a global debt problem?'. [Full Text]

Consumer confidence has gained for eight straight weeks from its low point in March, according to ANZ and Roy Morgan. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

The ABS issued 'Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2020'. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers said that construction activity has fallen further in the March quarter, even before the worst of the virus outbreak. [Full Text]

The HIA said the residential building industry had already experienced a significant downturn before COVID-19 struck. [Full Text]

Housing values have only shown a mild slowdown since the onset of COVID-19 and there are no visible signs of distress in the housing market, according to CoreLogic. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute launched 'Helping Australia Bounce Back - A Plan for Economic Revival'. [Full Text]

Coleman Greig Lawyers said that abolishing stamp duty could be the key in propping up Australia's economy following COVID-19. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / CORONAVIRUS

AHURI announced the eight COVID-19 research projects it is undertaking. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Compass Housing released a report on the affordability of private rental markets in each state and territory. [Full Text]

PLANNING / DESIGN / CORONAVIRUS / HEALTH

Tony Matthews from Griffith University said co-creation will be an important part of planning, recovering from COVID-19, as the pandemic redefines sense of place. [Full Text]

UNSW Built Environment said industrial design in a post-pandemic world will be more health-focused than ever before. [Full Text]

BUSHFIRE / HEALTH

Minister David Littleproud issued information on the Bushfire Recovery Fund. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Mark Butler said new data on bushfire health impacts mean the Government should add climate change as a National Health Priority Area. [Full Text]

WATER / CONSULTATION

The Productivity Commission released an issues paper on national water reform. [Full Text]

ICT

NBN Co issued a report on how Australians' internet habits have changed during social distancing, and how they may change once restrictions ease. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher said more than two thirds of respondents say they expect to work from home more after the pandemic has ended. [Full Text]

EVENTS / INDIGENOUS

Reconciliation Australia published a list of 20 ways to be involved in National Reconciliation Week, which began yesterday. [Full Text]

EVENTS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI is hosting a webinar on 'Improving apartments and neighbourhoods for lower-income Australians' on 11 June. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Rob Stokes announced $5 million for tree-planting projects across Greater Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ARTS

The Committee for Sydney proposed a $75 million Cultural Recovery Fund for NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Government announced a $50 million Rescue and Restart package for NSW arts and cultural organisations. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ECONOMICS

The City of Sydney announced funding for a local-led community plan to revitalise the Kings Cross night-time economy. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The Urban Taskforce said it is clear that the construction sector in NSW is in freefall and that there is an urgent need for an unlocking of private sector capital investment. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / CORONAVIRUS

The NSW Tenants Union issued 'Renters' Guide to COVID-19'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EMERGENCY HOUSING / BUSHFIRE

Minister John Barilaro announced that family-sized temporary accommodation pods for people impacted by bushfires in NSW are in development. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The NSW Office of Local Government has made advance payments of Commonwealth Financial Assistance Grants to NSW councils. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL / ECONOMICS

The Federal Government issued a report on the potential long-term economic benefits to regions in NSW from the Inland Rail project. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack said the report shows a significant boost to jobs and investment in the area as a direct result of the project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TOURISM

Minister Barilaro announced that the NSW ski fields will open from 22 June. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / EMPLOYMENT

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a 12-month pause in public sector pay rises in NSW. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced the membership of a group that will advise the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / PLANNING

The Victorian Government announced five residential, commercial, retail and hotel developments approved via the 'Building Victoria's Recovery Taskforce'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

RMIT questioned why the 24 sites in the 2,646 hectares of public land being prepared for sale in Victoria aren't being used for public housing, given that they are in areas of high need. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY / CORONAVIRUS

The Urban Development Institute launched 'Roadmap to Recovery: UDIA Victoria's plan for economic recovery'. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a brief on the Victorian Government's Stage Two COVID-19 Restrictions Easing Framework. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / CONSULTATION / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / ICT

The City of Geelong opened consultation on a Smart City framework. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / CONSULTATION / PLANNING

The City of Gold Coast opened consultation on updates to the Gold Coast City Plan to allign with the The Spit Master Plan. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / EVENTS / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Queensland Shelter published presentation slides by Saul Eslake and Professor Hal Pawson from the event, 'Economic recovery, community services and COVID: roles, challenges and opportunities'. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Premier Steven Marshall announced a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in SA. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Michael McCormack announced $8.7 million for 24 SA black spot road upgrade projects in SA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TENDERS / REGULATION / CORONAVIRUS

Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced changes to WA Government procurement. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / CONSULTATION / PLANNING

Minister Rita Saffioti issued an update on the Cape Peron Planning Investigation Area in south western Perth, following a public consultation. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING / DESIGN / CONSULTATION

Consultation has commenced on a draft master plan for 470 residential lots at Huntingfield, south of Hobart. [Full Text]