Thursday, 24 September 2020

INFRASTRUCTURE / CORONAVIRUS

Infrastructure Australia issued 'Common principles of infrastructure recovery (COVID-19)'. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Infrastructure Australia added the Parkes Bypass on Newell Highway and the upgrade of Canberra's Commonwealth Avenue Bridge to the Infrastructure Priority List. [Full Text]

ENERGY / CLIMATE / RESOURCES

Minister Taylor issued a Low Emissions Technology Statement. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Federal Government's Technology Investment Roadmap Update. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Butler said there is no policy to implement change. [Full Text]

The Business Council said business now has certainty about the kinds of technologies the government will back to drive down emissions. [Full Text]

The Climate Council said the roadmap bypasses solutions that are ready now and it will not significantly reduce emissions for more than a decade. [Full Text]

The Climate Council issued 'Unpacking the tech roadmap'. [Full Text]

The Energy Council said the roadmap goes beyond electricity to consider the potential for technology to reduce emissions from the other two-thirds of Australia's emissions. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said the PM's gas plan will misfire. [Full Text]

The Petroleum Production and Exploration Association issued fact sheets on the gas industry's role in emissions reduction. [Full Text]

The Clean Energy Council said the roadmap is a missed opportunity not to prioritise the increased and better use of Australia's wind and solar resources. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation said Australia's roadmap should be guided by science-based medium and long-term emissions targets to drive investment and track performance. [Full Text]

The Council of Trade Unions said the statement is no substitute for a policy that sets a deadline to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / ENERGY

The Housing and Urban Research Institute released a report on the incidence of energy hardship for low income renters. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS / MAPPING

Homelessness Australia and Everybody's Home released Housing Heat Maps which show where social housing need is greatest, and where people are experiencing homelessness. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued monthly data for specialist homelessness services. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

CoreLogic confirmed that there is a positive correlation between changes in rent values and distance to CBDs. [Full Text]

SQM said that regional locations recorded falls in residential rental vacancy rates during August, highlighting the ongoing shift away from inner suburban living into areas offering more room and distancing for occupiers. [Full Text]

CoreLogic announced that last week's combined capital city preliminary auction clearance rate is the highest since early March. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS

The Local Government Information Unit and SGS issued a brief on the recently launched Australian Disaster Resilience Index. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Clare called for the HomeBuilder scheme to be extended to cater for bushfire survivors. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

The global Business for Nature coalition called on governments to adopt policies to reverse biodiversity loss before 2030. [Full Text]

WSP said that global companies have an important role to play in helping to achieve the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, especially by contributing to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. [Full Text]

RMIT University and the United Nations Association released a paper on how well ASX150 companies report on their progress toward Sustainable Development Goals. [Full Text]

FINANCE / ECONOMICS

Reserve Bank deputy Governor Debelle discussed 'The Australian economy and monetary policy' in a speech. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / EMPLOYMENT / CORONAVIRUS

The Council of Social Service published a report on the economic impacts of lowering current levels of income support payments. [Full Text]

ICT

NBN Co released its 2020-21 Corporate Plan and announced that it has completed building the initial National Broadband Network. [Full Text]

Minister Cormann announced a $4.5 billion upgrade to the network that will give up to 75 per cent of fixed line premises in regional and metropolitan Australia access to ultra-fast broadband by 2023. [Full Text]

AGEING

A group of aged care peak organisations issued a 10-point vision for the future of aged care in Australia. [Full Text]

WATER

The Water Association published a paper on 'third pipe' recycled water systems: lessons learned from the Australian experience. [Full Text]

AWARDS / ENGINEERING

Engineers Australia announced the winners of the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Premier Berejiklian announced that $400 million of the $3 billion NSW Jobs and Infrastructure Acceleration Fund has been allocated to regional projects. [Full Text]

The NSW Opposition announced legislation to compel the NSW Government to meet its commitment to spend 30 per cent of the $33 billion Restart NSW Fund in rural and regional areas. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL / REGULATION

The National Audit Office issued a report on the purchase of land at Leppington for the development of the Western Sydney Airport. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister King said that a National Integrity Commission would uncover the truth about this deal and hold ministers accountable. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Anderson announced an extension of measures to support residential tenants and landlords in NSW that have been financially disadvantaged by COVID-19. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / CORONAVIRUS / COMMERCIAL

Treasurer Perrottet announced an extension of support for commercial tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19 in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RETAIL / REGULATION / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Stokes announced an extension of provisions to allow for supermarkets and pharmacies in NSW to trade and receive deliveries 24 hours a day. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said the extension will help businesses meet new demands on local shopping centres and strips as people work from home and shop locally. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ECONOMICS

The Planning Institute refuted part of the NSW Productivity Commission's Green Paper which it said purports to argue that the planning system is failing to deliver sufficient supply - and that this is due to inflexible planning controls. [Full Text]

The Local Government Information Unit and SGS issued a brief on recent changes to the NSW Seniors SEPP and proposed changes to three housing-related SEPPs. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INDIGENOUS

The Greens called on the NSW Government to prioritise housing for Aboriginals in Redfern and Waterloo. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CORONAVIRUS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Premier Berejiklian announced a COVID Safe Summer Plan for NSW. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association welcomed plan but said funding support is needed to ensure NSW councils are properly resourced to prevent overcrowding. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / CORONAVIRUS

The Urban Taskforce said that free facemasks would restore confidence to public transport usage in NSW. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / EDUCATION / INFRASTRUCTURE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr committed to a $99 million school infrastructure renewal program if re-elected in the ACT election, to be held during October. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TENDERS / HEALTH

Minister Mikakos opened expressions of interest for a $562 million expansion of Frankston Hospital in Melbourne's south-east. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Shadow Minister Davis said leaked documents reveal a $3 billion cost blowout in the West Gate Tunnel road project. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / CORONAVIRUS

The Local Government Information Unit and SGS issued a brief on how Victorian local governments have responded to COVID-19 in their budgets. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Palaszczuk announced $755 million to build stage one of the Coomera Connector road in Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Premier Palaszczuk said Queensland will extend its border zone with NSW from 1 October. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDIGENOUS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Hinchliffe announced $41 million for general and essential public services in Queensland's Indigenous councils. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / GENDER

The Queensland Government announced that 54 per cent of positions on government boards are now filled by women. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

Minister Tudge issued the first annual report for the Adelaide City Deal. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / CORONAVIRUS

The SA Government announced that it has lifted travel restrictions between SA and NSW. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Minister Quigley announced legislation relating to security of payments in the WA building and construction industry. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / DESIGN

Premier McGowan announced $11 million for the revitalisation of the Chinatown precinct in Broome. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Tudge announced that the 'MELconnx' consortium has been named as the preferred proponent to design and construct the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook rail line in Perth. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Tinley announced the first maintenance contracts in East and West Kimberley under the $319 million Social Housing Economic Recovery Package. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / DEFENCE

Premier McGowan announced $18 million to build defence manufacturing workforce. [Full Text]