Thursday, 12 August 2021

CLIMATE / SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the first instalment of its sixth Assessment Report, including an interactive region-by-region assessment of climate change. [Full Text]

The University of Melbourne outlined five takeaways from the report. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / ENGINEERING

Engineers Australia said the IPCC report highlights that mitigation, adaptation and resilience to climate change requires government to bring engineers to the table. [Full Text]

CITIES / CORONAVIRUS

The Committee for Sydney issued 'Ten things we can learn from the rest of the world on recovering and reopening'. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS

Researchers from the University of Sydney discussed whether a '15-minute city' will become common in post-pandemic urban life. [Full Text]

WSP discussed how planning for fast rail should be pushed to the front of the infrastructure agenda given the geographic shift in the Australian population and the need for long-term economic recovery. [Full Text]

Transurban published survey research on emerging trends in urban travel. [Full Text]

A transcript report from Budget Estimates has been tabled, including sections on transport, infrastructure, the National Faster Rail Agency, the ARTC and the administration of commuter car park projects. [Full Text]

The report from an inquiry on the management of the Inland Rail project has been tabled. [Full Text]

A paper on identifying infrastructure risks through cross-sector asset performance metrics has been published by WSP. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

New Home Sales fell by 20 per cent in July, with declines experienced in almost all major states, according to the Housing Industry Association. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said it is forecasting a rise in home ownership stimulated by government grants, historically low interest rates and the rise of single women owning homes. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT / TECHNOLOGY

A Local Government Digital Transformation Index has been published by software provider Technology One. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

The final Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Transport Plan has been released. [Full Text]

Minister Constance said the plan commits to investigating fast rail for the Sydney to Bomaderry corridor. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN / ENVIRONMENT / RECREATION

UNSW issued 'Impact of pedestrian network barriers on walkability: A Cooks River case study'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

NSW Planning issued 'Parramatta Road Corridor Urban Transformation Strategy - Implementation Update 2021' [Full Text]

Minister Stokes said an update to a 2016 ministerial direction now gives statutory weight to the strategy. [Full Text]

The report has been tabled from an inquiry into how NSW State Environmental Planning Policies are made and whether they should be subject to more scrutiny by Parliament. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce commented on the deferral of infrastructure contributions amendments by the NSW Upper House. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said it regrets the uncertainty caused by the delay. [Full Text]

Lindsay Taylor Lawyers published a summary of the key changes proposed in the draft NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / NOT FOR PROFIT / TECHNOLOGY / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The NSW Government announced seven projects that have been funded under the third tranche of the Social Sector Transformation Fund. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

Opposition Leader Minns said the NSW Government has imposed a privatisation target on government departments and agencies. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / EDUCATION

The Victorian Government announced $70 million for 34 new schools and upgrades under Round 3 of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / COMMERCIAL / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / CORONAVIRUS

The Property Council said that Melbourne's office occupancy has plunged to its lowest level since the end of last year's 112-day lockdown. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Energy company Syncline announced that it will build one of Australia's largest batteries in Melbourne to store wind, hydro and solar energy from Regional Victoria. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING / SUSTAINABILITY / CLIMATE

The Planning Institute issued 'Planning to tackle climate change - 10 actions for a climate conscious planning system in Queensland'. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING / EMPLOYMENT

The Planning Institute made a submission on Brisbane City Council's draft industrial strategy. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The Queensland Government announced $1.5 million to develop the concept design for an energy and hydrogen precinct at Swanbank, near Ipswich. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government commenced consultation on planning for renewable energy zones. [Full Text]