Monday, 20 September 2021

POPULATION

The ABS released population data for the year to 31 March and said Australia's population growth is close to zero. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the sharpest decline in resident population has occurred in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry said a plan is urgently needed to implement a strong migration program and reopen our borders as soon as vaccination allows. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL / POPULATION / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Regional Australia Institute released its Regional Movers Index report for the June quarter [Full Text]

There is a continued surge in the number of Australians moving from capital cities to regional centres and that areas located within a three-hour drive of the capital cities are proving most popular, according to the Regional Australia Institute. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it is time we have a holistic and concentrated effort to make regional housing a priority. [Full Text]

EMPLOYMENT / CITIES / ECONOMICS

The Property Council said the Productivity Commission's 'Working from home' research paper notes that CBDs will continue to be the natural home of the knowledge worker. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission report is online. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

PowerHousing Australia applauded Infrastructure Australia for including social infrastructure for the first time in the Australian Infrastructure Plan. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

UNSW City Futures released the report 'Housing In The Economy: Scale, Cycles And Stability'. [Full Text]

UNSW City Futures also released 'Housing, Financial Stress and Electoral Geography: An Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of Housing-Associated Financial Stress In Australia'. [Full Text]

A transcript is online from last week's hearing for the inquiry into housing affordability and supply, including evidence from the RBA, the Department of Social Services and Treasury. [Full Text]

Submissions to that inquiry are online, including from AHURI, the Planning Institute, UDIA, Anglicare and the HIA. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said that listings continue to be delayed but most agents are reporting that for every property they are selling, they probably could have sold it another five to ten times over. [Full Text]

HEALTH / EDUCATION / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The AIHW issued 'Australia's welfare 2021'. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

The Clean Energy Regulator issued the report from an Integrity Review of the Rooftop Solar PV Sector and the Government's response. [Full Text]

Minister Taylor committed $19 million for reforms to the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. [Full Text]

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation congratulated Stockland on having six homes in a Melbourne development certified as carbon neutral. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / INTERNATIONAL

The EU-based Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations issued a report that compares 26 countries, including Australia, in terms of climate ambition, discourse, governance, policies and actions. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

The Federal Government invited comment on Minister Ley's proposed decision to not have a recovery plan for 28 ecological communities and 157 species. [Full Text]

The final Priority Assessment List of species and ecological communities for 2021 is online. [Full Text]

WATER / INDIGENOUS

Monash University announced a research project aimed at enabling government agencies to apply Indigenous practices to everyday management of urban water. [Full Text]

ARTS / ECONOMICS

The Federal Government issued a report on the economic value of cultural and creative activity in 2018-19. [Full Text]

AWARDS / ENERGY

Energy Networks Australia announced the finalists for its Industry Innovation Awards. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

NSW Planning issued an industry update on changes to the planning system. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW expressed concern about proposed changes to infrastructure contribution regulations. [Full Text]

IPART released a draft report on developer contributions for the Bella Vista and Kellyville station precincts in Sydney's north west. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes said a share of $139 million is up for grabs for eight Western Sydney councils as applications have opened for round two of the Accelerated Infrastructure Funding. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Urban Development Institute issued a summary of the state of the housing market in NSW, in the lead up to its Property Summit event. [Full Text]

The NSW Government called for registrations of interest for the design and development of the final three hectares of Newcastle's industrial harbourfront land at Honeysuckle. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

The NSW Government announced a pilot homelessness program whereby older people living alone in their own home are matched with younger people looking for housing while they work or study. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Treasurer Perrottet announced that the sale of the NSW Government's remaining 49 per cent stake in the WestConnex road project has been finalised. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CITIES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / RECREATION

Minister Stokes announced a new village precinct and carpark adjacent to the Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / TECHNOLOGY / ENERGY

NSW Planning released Infrastructure SEPP amendments aimed at accelerating the delivery of 5G telecommunications infrastructure and household solar batteries. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

Lendlease has been appointed for the main construction works of Powerhouse Parramatta. [Full Text]

The runway construction contract has been awarded for the Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EDUCATION

The NSW Government announced a $484 million minor capital works program to upgrade and renew school facilities. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT / WATER

The NSW Government announced $21 million to expand its Shark Management Program, including 135 new drumlines. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RESOURCES / ENVIRONMENT

The NSW Government announced that regulatory changes have been made to give effect to its Future of Gas Statement, which will prohibit gas exploration in 16 LGAs and help ensure the viability of the Narrabri Gas Project. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENERGY / INFRASTRUCTURE

Energy Australia called for expressions of interest for engineering, procurement and construction of Australia's first four-hour utility-scale battery in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DESIGN

The Victorian Government announced $6 million to develop a master plan that merges the Federation University campus with central Ballarat. [Full Text]

Four design teams have been shortlisted for the National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary Design Competition. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Wynne announced that 120 social, affordable and private homes will be built at the Eaglehawk development in Bendigo as part of the Victorian Government's Big Housing Build. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / NOT FOR PROFIT / REGULATION

Legislation to establish a new social services regulator has passed the Victorian Parliament. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / CORONAVIRUS

The Victorian Government released a roadmap for reopening as vaccination rates increase, in line with the National Plan. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INDUSTRY / SUSTAINABILITY / MANUFACTURING

Greens Senator Hanson-Young foreshadowed a plan to manufacture electric vehicles in SA and encourage their uptake. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / WATER / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Federal Government announced $1.8 million to investigate the future water infrastructure projects for the Eden Valley and Clare Valley in SA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AWARDS / INDUSTRY

Winners of the Urban Development Institute's WA Awards for Excellence have been announced. [Full Text]