Thursday, 28 October 2021

ECONOMICS

CommSec released its State of the States Report and said that Tasmania holds the mantle of the best performing economy. [Full Text]

The ABS released consumer index figures and said the most significant price rises in the September quarter were new dwellings and automotive fuel. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Housing Industry Association said that the cost of residential land has risen more than twice as fast as the cost of building materials over the past year. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Housing rental rates increased faster during the September quarter than any time since 2008, according to Everybody's Home. [Full Text]

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation released its Social Bond Report for 2020-21. [Full Text]

Commonwealth Bank and Oxford Properties Group announced that they have signed Australia's first build-to-rent green loan for a high-rise residential building in the Sydney CBD. [Full Text]

CLIMATE

The PM released Australia's Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Emissions Reduction Plan. [Full Text]

The Federal Government issued projections of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions trends to 2030. [Full Text]

Engineers Australia welcomed the Emissions Reduction Plan and called for an ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target. [Full Text]

The Carbon Capture and Storage Institute said a clearer plan for decarbonisation with interim targets will be useful and necessary. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service said that despite claims by the Government that it has been motivated by the interests of working people, there appeared to be no consultation with, nor coherent plan for workers and local communities. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / SUSTAINABILITY / DESIGN / CITIES

The Green Building Council announced that it has tightened the targets outlined in its Climate Positive Roadmap for Precincts discussion paper. [Full Text]

The Royal Institute of British Architects published a report which makes the case that the built environment must drastically reduce its carbon emissions to work towards net zero. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / FINANCE / RESOURCES

NAB and ING have been listed among the top ten funders of new fossil fuel projects globally since the 2015 Paris agreement, in a report released by Dutch not for profit BankTrack. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

Engineers Australia, Roads Australia, the Railway Association and others gave evidence to a House inquiry into procurement of government-funded infrastructure. [Full Text]

CORONAVIRUS / RESOURCES / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

The Conservation Foundation said it has gained access to documents regarding the decision to fast-track 15 commercial projects in the name of post-COVID economic recovery. [Full Text]

CORONAVIRUS

The Parliamentary Library issued 'COVID-19 resources and updates: a quick guide'. [Full Text]

DESIGN / AWARDS

Winners of the Australian Urban Design Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

Winners of the National Landscape Architecture Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

The Committee for Sydney issued 'Improving Sydney's Future Transport - Twelve ideas for the update to the Future Transport Strategy'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

The NSW Government released its proposed Infrastructure Contributions Reform package. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes outlined five key aspects of the proposed reform. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The NSW Government released the draft Tweed Regional City Action Plan. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The NSW Government and UNSW released a pre-feasibility study on establishing an industry to generate fuels and clean chemicals such as hydrogen, ammonia and synthetic aviation fuels from renewable energy. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / INDUSTRY / GENDER

The Civil Contractors Federation launched a campaign to encourage more women to join and remain in the NSW civil infrastructure industry. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / CORONAVIRUS

The Victorian Auditor-General issued a report on the management of spending in response to COVID-19. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

The Planning Institute made a submission on Melbourne's Future Planning Framework. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Property Council, Urban Development Institute and Housing Industry Association advocated against Victoria's proposed Windfall Gains Tax on value uplifts from rezoned land. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Queensland Government issued a progress report on road and transport projects funded or delivered in partnership with local councils during 2020-21. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / PLANNING

The Planning Institute made a submission on Queensland's Draft State Infrastructure Strategy. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / CLIMATE

The SA Government committed to enshrining in legislation its emission reduction targets of 50 per cent by 2030 and net zero by 2050. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / DESIGN

The SA Government called for tenders to develop strategic planning studies for improvements to several major transport corridors. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

The WA Government called for expressions of interest for a $10 million hydrogen fuel transport program focused on trucks, buses and refuelling infrastructure. [Full Text]

Woodside announced plans to build one of the world's largest hydrogen and ammonia production facilities at Kwinana in southern Perth. [Full Text]

Woodside said that the Hydrogen and ammonia would be produced using both electrolysis technologies and natural gas reforming, with 100 per cent of carbon emissions abated or offset. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Urban Development Institute announced that it has recorded a 35 per cent increase in new land sales in Perth during the September quarter. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING

The Planning Institute made a submission on the draft Tasmanian Planning Policies scoping paper. [Full Text]