Monday, 14 September 2020

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

The ABS issued '5601.0 Lending Indicators, Jul 2020'. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Sukkar issued a statement on the figures. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the figures show that lending for construction of a new home rose in July for the first time since February, to the highest level in two years. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said that the value of new loan commitments for housing grew for the second consecutive month. [Full Text]

Master Builders said the 9 per cent increase in owner occupier loans for the building of new homes in the month is encouraging and shows the impact of HomeBuilder in activating demand. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said that COVID's impact on housing prices is relatively modest and has not been uniform across Australia. [Full Text]

The Prudential Regulation Authority published data for temporary loan repayment deferrals due to COVID-19. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / INDUSTRY

Minister McCormack called for ideas to improve local connections with Inland Rail. [Full Text]

Senator Patrick called on the Federal Government to reform infrastructure project contracting to include Australian-owned companies. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / EMPLOYMENT

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research issued 'Traditional trade apprenticeships: experiences and outcomes'. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

The World Wildlife Fund issued 'Living Planet Report 2020'. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / NATURAL DISASTERS

Minister Ley said early modelling by the Bureau of Meteorology indicates an increased risk of flooding and tropical cyclones through the warmer months. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Taylor announced an agreement with Germany on hydrogen supply chain research. [Full Text]

The Ai Group launched a policy paper and podcast on climate & energy. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute released the report, 'Weapons of Gas Destruction - Lifting the lid on greenhouse gas emissions from Australian fossil gas projects and resources'. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation outlined key findings in the report. [Full Text]

ENERGY / REGULATION

Energy Networks Australia and the Energy Council issued 'Governance and regulation of market/system operators'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Opposition Leader Albanese discussed 'Tapping the potential of regional Australia', in a speech. [Full Text]

RETAIL

Deloitte issued 'Retail Forecasts: divergence'. [Full Text]

GENERAL

Treasurer Frydenberg said the 2020-21 Budget will be handed down on 6 October. [Full Text]

AWARDS / INDUSTRY / SUSTAINABILITY

The Housing Industry Association announced the winners of the GreenSmart Awards. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The NSW Government released an overview of the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport project, including proposed station locations, construction sites and next stages in the planning process. [Full Text]

Minister Constance announced that the tender process for the delivery of 10 kilometres of twin Metro railway tunnels has commenced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Stokes announced the rezoning of 6,500 hectares of land for employment, residential and environmental uses in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. [Full Text]

Minister Ayres announced approval of the Concept Proposal and Stage One Development for a 39-hectare business hub at Eastern Creek in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

NSW Planning issued an update to its Metropolitan Housing Monitor. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said the NSW Government's Housing Diversity SEPP is a good first step in streamlining the planning process and addressing the shortage of more affordable housing models. [Full Text]

Business NSW said that local councils need to immediately create an express lane for projects that retain or create local jobs. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce supported the call from Business NSW and said there should not be any requirement to lodge a DA if the proposed development is simply replacing 'like for like'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The NSW Nationals said it will not attend joint party room or parliamentary leadership meetings and will abstain from voting on Government bills until issues related to the Koala SEPP are resolved. [Full Text]

Premier Berejiklian said that a commitment to supporting Cabinet conventions and processes has been agreed to and the matter will be dealt with at an upcoming Cabinet meeting. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the Koala SEPP was well motivated when it was made in late 2019 but unintended consequences, the economic consequences, the devil in the detail, have all come back to bite. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation said Gladys Berijiklian's Government did the right thing when it passed the Koala Habitat Protection law to save koalas. [Full Text]

NSW Farmers said the Koala SEPP is an ineffective regulation for rural lands. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Steel released 'Zero-Emission Transition Plan for Transport Canberra'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Premier Andrews announced $3 billion in cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support for Victorian businesses. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne announced modelling that shows the COVID-19 pandemic could reduce economic output in the City by up to $110 billion over the next five years. [Full Text]

The Ai Group issued 'Priorities for Victoria's recovery'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

Treasurer Pallas announced that the Victorian Government will waive the Vacant Residential Land Tax for properties that are vacant in 2020. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / GENERAL

Minister Tudge announced purchase of land to expand Geelong's network of laneways, as part of the Geelong City Deal. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDIGENOUS

Minister Williams announced $4.3 million as part of the Victorian Government's Traditional Owner Nation-Building Support Package. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / GENDER

Minister Williams announced Victoria's first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Premier Palaszczuk announced contracts to build the Townsville Ring Road - Stage 5 project. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Bailey said 13 new electric vehicle charging stations will be added to Queensland's Electric Vehicle Super Highway. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TENDERS / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Premier Palaszczuk opened registrations of interest for potential renewable energy generations and storage projects. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENVIRONMENT

Premier Palaszczuk announced $10 million in Reef Assist funding as part of Queensland's Economic Recovery Plan. [Full Text]

The Environmental Defenders Office welcomed the introduction of the South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy. [Full Text]

The South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy is online. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / RESOURCES

The interim report of the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry is online. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Chapman announced an extension of emergency relief for residential and commercial tenants in SA. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOMELESSNESS / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Lensink said 250 South Australians who had been rough sleeping prior to COVID-19 are now living in housing after leaving motel accommodation. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / DESIGN / ENVIRONMENT

Draft designs have been released for a $12 million environmental redevelopment of a section of the River Torrens in Adelaide's western suburbs. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Quigley announced that the WA Government will extend a moratorium on rent increases and other provisions until 28 March. [Full Text]

Shelter WA said the extension has implications for the safe management of boarding and lodging houses. [Full Text]

Minister Quigley said the emergency period under WA's Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) has been extended until 28 March. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY

WA Planning issued the Housing Industry Forecasting Group's report for September. [Full Text]

Shelter WA said that despite the increase in forecasted new building commencements, the figures are still below the long-term average. [Full Text]