Thursday, 1 April 2021

CITIES

The Property Council launched 'Reimagining our economic powerhouses: How to turn CBDs into central experience districts'. [Full Text]

AHURI published video of its recent webinar on the role of local government in Australian cities. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The ABS issued 'Building Approvals, Australia, Feb 2021'. [Full Text]

Minister Sukkar said that approvals for private sector houses have yet again risen to the highest level on record. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said housing prices have increased more than 500 per cent over the past 25 years but yields have fallen to all-time lows. [Full Text]

CoreLogic published a list of the most profitable housing markets in the December quarter. [Full Text]

The Property Council issued the results of its office occupancy survey. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / INNOVATION / ECONOMICS

Opposition Leader Albanese released a plan to establish a National Reconstruction Fund [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued an overview of the plan. [Full Text]

The Ai Group welcomed the plan and said that it is critical that business input is included in shaping future policies. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet issued 'COVID-19 restriction tracker: Implementation progress towards COVID normal'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'A second quarter of strong recovery - the December quarter, 2020'. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank issued Financial Aggregates for February. [Full Text]

PLANNING / ECONOMICS / SUSTAINABILITY / POPULATION

Victoria University research has ranked more than 100 Australian cities and towns with a 'smart score' based on their economy, environment, governance, mobility, liveability, and people. [Full Text]

AHURI published a brief on the recent United Nations report on the value of sustainable urbanisation. [Full Text]

POPULATION / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The ABS issued 'Regional population, 2019-20 financial year'. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / SUSTAINABILITY

Opposition Leader Albanese announced an electric car discount and community battery plan. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued an overview of that plan. [Full Text]

The Electric Vehicle Council said the policy would encourage car manufacturers to import and supply more affordable electric models. [Full Text]

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries called for policy makers to work with industry to match Australia's market for zero and low emission vehicles to the rest of the world. [Full Text]

The Climate Council said Australia needs to follow countries like the UK and Norway by introducing policies and incentives to help make the switch to clean transport. [Full Text]

The Automobile Association said Australia needs to move beyond the political debate of whether electric vehicles are good or bad, and instead focus on whether Australia is prepared for their imminent arrival. [Full Text]

ENGINEERING

The ABS issued 'Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, Dec 2020'. [Full Text]

DEFENCE / MANUFACTURING

The PM said the creation of a $1 billion Sovereign Guided Weapons Enterprise will be accelerated. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / WATER / INDUSTRY

The Water Services Association issued 'Urban water industry climate change position'. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS

Shadow Minister Watt said the Federal Government has not selected or funded a single disaster recovery or mitigation project under the $4 billion Emergency Response Fund. [Full Text]

INDIGENOUS / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Ley announced a Senior Advisory Group to review the joint management of national parks with Traditional Owners. [Full Text]

GENDER / EMPLOYMENT

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre issued 'Gender Equity Insights 2021: making it a priority'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / REGULATION

Minister Stokes released a discussion paper on proposed changes to the test for variations to development standards in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Barilaro said that the Tweed and Byron comprehensive Koala Plans of Management became the first to be approved under Koala SEPP. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CONSULTATION / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Constance called for feedback on a five-year Road Safety Action Plan for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister McCormack announced $150 million for 100 road upgrades in 90 local government areas in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / TECHNOLOGY

Minister Constance announced a trial in which Opal customers gain credit when they transfer to public transport from Uber and other rideshare services. [Full Text]

Minister Toole announced the trial of an automated public shuttle bus in the Coffs Harbour Botanic Garden. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HEALTH

Minister Hazzard announced the site for a $300 million hospital to be built at Rouse Hill in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

A report from an inquiry on the integrity, efficacy and value for money of NSW Government grant programs has been released. [Full Text]

The Local Government NSW called for council grant funding to be made predictable, transparent, fair and ethical. [Full Text]

NSW IPART released an issues paper as part of a review of local government rates revenue that considers population growth. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Kean released the draft NSW Energy from Waste Policy Statement. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CLIMATE

Minister Kean launched the Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board, to be chaired by former PM Turnbull. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EDUCATION

Premier Berejiklian said more than 190 schools will receive priority upgrades under Tranche 2 of the $120 million NSW Government Metro Renewal Program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / PLANNING / GENDER

Winners of the Planning Institute's NSW Women in Planning Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ENVIRONMENT

The ACT Government issued 'Urban Forest Strategy 2021-2045'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Wynne announced a partnership to build 150 social housing dwellings in the New Epping development in Melbourne, billed as a '20-minute neighbourhood'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENERGY / ENVIRONMENT

The Victorian Government has declined a proposal for a gas import terminal and pipeline in southern Victoria due to environmental impacts. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said the decision raises questions about how the needs of Victoria's gas users will be met. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / WATER / POPULATION

Minister Wynne said the Victorian Government has ordered 125 gigalitres from the Victorian Desalination Plant in Wonthaggi to secure Melbourne's water supply. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AWARDS / DESIGN

Minister Wynne announced the winners of the Victorian Government's Future Homes design competition. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDIGENOUS / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Ley announced $4.9 million to support management of Country and to protect culturally significant areas across the Great Barrier Reef. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS

The SA Auditor-General tabled 'State finances and related matters'. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INDIGENOUS

Premier Marshall launched the SA Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan 2021-2022. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / ELECTION

Premier Gutwein committed to redeveloping the Hobart Showgrounds site at Glenorchy, including 150 new social and affordable homes. [Full Text]