Thursday, 21 January 2021

ECONOMICS

Deloitte issued a business outlook, based on the assumption that Australia succeeds in keeping virus numbers mostly suppressed. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The ABS issued 'Building Activity, Australia, Sep 2020'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the number of new home sales in December nearly doubled compared to November. [Full Text]

Minister Sukkar said the positive impact of the Federal Government's HomeBuilder program is reflected in ABS and Housing Industry Association data. [Full Text]

Minister Sukkar said HomeBuilder will now support up to $18 billion of residential construction projects. [Full Text]

Master Builders said the success of HomeBuilder demonstrates that measures that support people to overcome the deposit gap are a game-changer in making homeownership available to more Australians. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the success of the program demonstrates the success of Government boosts to the construction and property sector. [Full Text]

The Property Council said record numbers of first home buyers are also coming into the market, assisted by HomeBuilder and the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. [Full Text]

CoreLogic issued a summary of the proportion of properties in different regions that have sold recently for a loss or a gain. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Productivity Commission issued 'Report on Government Services: Part G Housing and Homelessness'. [Full Text]

The Council to Homeless Persons said that for those in severe rent stress the increased JobSeeker rate was a lifeline. [Full Text]

The Everybody's Home campaign called for a significant expansion of social housing to prevent surging homelessness as banks announce they are withdrawing support to households that cannot pay their mortgages. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / CORONAVIRUS

WSP released a report on the effect of a COVID-19 road closure in the US on pedestrian and cycle usage. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TOURISM / ECONOMICS

Minister Ayres launched a strategy aimed at positioning NSW as the premier visitor economy of the Asia-Pacific by 2030. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / EMPLOYMENT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Barilaro announced that the first of four Regional Job Precincts for NSW will be in Albury. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE / PUBLIC SPACE

Premier Berejiklian announced $257 million for 170 community infrastructure projects in NSW national parks. [Full Text]

Minister Pavey announced $51 million to maintain and upgrade Crown reserves and community facilities in NSW. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes issued an update on the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the NSW Government has been making announcements on the transformation of Parramatta Road since it confirmed the construction of the WestConnex tunnel in October 2012. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes announced a $14 million makeover for Callan Park as part of a plan to create a continuous green link connecting the Sydney Harbour foreshore. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The NSW EPA issued an update on recent grants to support innovation in organic waste recycling. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / ICT / ACCESSIBILITY

The Council of Social Service issued a report on the digital literacy hurdles facing people in NSW. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / TRANSPORT / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Infrastructure Victoria issued 'Transporting Melbourne's Recovery: Immediate policy actions to get Melbourne moving'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / CLIMATE / NATURAL DISASTERS

Staff from RMIT outlined the development of a climate resilience action plan in a rural Victorian town. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / RESOURCES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The SA Government approved an iron ore port facility to be built at the former Port Augusta power station site in the Upper Spencer Gulf. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister McCormack approved $225 million of a $2 billion Road Safety Program for Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENERGY / INFRASTRUCTURE / RESOURCES

The PM announced $11 million to progress an investment decision on the 'CopperString' high-voltage transmission line to connect Mount Isa and Queensland's North West Minerals Province to the National Electricity Grid. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The Australia Institute issued a report on how to increase the number of residential solar installations on SA rental properties. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / CIRCULAR ECONOMY / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Ley announced that the Federal and SA Governments have each committed $15 million to advance recycling infrastructure in SA, as part of the Recycling Modernisation Fund. [Full Text]

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association said we now have RMF co-investment commitments in almost all jurisdictions but not in QLD and NSW. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

Opposition Leader Malinauskas called on Premier Marshall to release the SA Government's train privatisation contract with Keolis Downer. [Full Text]

The Railway Association said the privatisation of Adelaide's train services would deliver better outcomes for passengers. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier McGowan said three METRONET projects have moved into the major construction procurement shortlist phase. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / HEALTH

Consultation has commenced on the development of Tasmania's first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. [Full Text]