Monday, 11 April 2022

CITIES / INFRASTRUCTURE / CONSULTATION

Australian National University announced the findings from a survey on how communities think about infrastructure, their trust in government to deliver it, and the ways they are being engaged around major projects. [Full Text]

AHURI published a brief on outcomes from place-based and community engagement-focused approaches to developing urban policy. [Full Text]

ELECTION

Barton Deakin issued a Federal Election Snapshot. [Full Text]

The Ai Group published 'Federal Election Policy Proposals in a Nutshell'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

The ABS announced that business turnover increased in all selected industries in February, including construction. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

AHURI published a review of Australia's COVID-19 housing policy responses. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service advocated for major parties to commit to six key policy objectives, inkling building 25,000 new social housing units across the country. [Full Text]

Four church-based social service charities issued an open letter to federal candidates. [Full Text]

AHURI published a summary of Budget items relating to housing and homelessness. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / SUSTAINABILITY

The IPCC issued 'Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of climate change'. [Full Text]

WSP committed to halving the carbon footprint of its designs and advice by 2030. [Full Text]

CITIES / SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council issued 'Climate Positive Roadmap for Precincts'. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

Global infrastructure investment firm IFM published an infrastructure outlook with a focus on decarbonisation, the energy transition, digitisation and public-private partnerships. [Full Text]

ENERGY

Energy Networks Australia published a comparison of Labor and Coalition energy policies. [Full Text]

WATER

The Federal Opposition announced a five-point plan for the Murray Darling Basin. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

Minister Ley released a National Koala Recovery Plan. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation welcomed the release and said we must stop knocking down their homes. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / FLOODS

Minister Ley announced $3.5 million for programs to support wildlife affected by floods. [Full Text]

INNOVATION / EDUCATION / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Federal Government released a roadmap for building infrastructure that supports research. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT / HEALTH / AGED CARE

Age Discrimination Commissioner Patterson discussed 'Local Government's role in promoting active ageing and wellbeing amongst residents'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Roberts announced that the NSW Government will not introduce the State Environmental Planning Policy for Design and Place, and also announced changes to the BASIX sustainability standards. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the decision that the draft Design and Place SEPP would not proceed is a clear sign that the new Minister for Planning is serious about cutting red tape and driving efficiency through the NSW planning process. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council said the decision is an unequivocal step backwards for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / FLOODS / CLIMATE

The Committee for Sydney said that Sydney faces a housing affordability crisis and we also face more severe weather events, but solving the former by building new homes in the path of future floods will only set us up for more heartache and devastation. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CITIES

The City of Sydney released 'Sustainable Sydney 2030-2050 Continuing the Vision'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

A $538 million contract has been awarded for surface and civil alignment works as part of the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport rail project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CIRCULAR ECONOMY / INNOVATION / INDUSTRY

The NSW Government launched a $1 million innovation program address the 'data gap' on material use, waste and recycling practices. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

The Committee for Hunter issued a summary of its priorities ahead of the federal election. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / WATER

The ACT Government announced an additional $14 million for its Healthy Waterways program. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / GENERAL

The Victorian Auditor-General published a report on government advertising. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DESIGN / HERITAGE

A $269 million redevelopment of the historic Melville House Melbourne's CBD has been approved. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / NATURAL DISASTERS / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Federal Government announced that it will fund half of the Queensland Governments' $741 million extreme weather resilience package. [Full Text]

The Insurance Council welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / DESIGN

The WA Government published slides from a recent industry presentation on reforms to Development Assessment Panels. [Full Text]

Design guidelines for the redevelopment of Bayswater in Perth have been finalised as part of the METRONET transport and urban renewal project. [Full Text]