Thursday, 7 June 2018

ECONOMICS

The Ai Group said its Australian Performance of Services Index rose by 3.8 points to 59 in May. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron said Budget Estimates have revealed the Government has delivered no relief to first home buyers or rising numbers of Australians experiencing rental stress and homelessness. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / PLANNING

The Planning Institute said planning is part of the solution to housing affordability. [Full Text]

PLANNING

Staff from James Cook University said planning and design for healthy, liveable communities in the Australian tropics can involve different considerations from those that apply down south. [Full Text]

PLANNING / ICT

The Department of the PM and Cabinet Secretary discussed how technological change will impact Australian cities, in a speech to the Property Council. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Australia released 'Making Reform Happen'. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council supported recommendations in that report for the Federal Government to implement an incentive-based approach to secure enduring infrastructure reform. [Full Text]

The Property Council said recommendations for incentive-based funding demand serious consideration by all levels of government. [Full Text]

The UDIA said modelling by Infrastructure Australia suggests the economy could be boosted by $66 billion following infrastructure reforms. [Full Text]

The Railway Association said providing incentives to jurisdictions to deliver on reforms is a step towards ensuring change at state and territory level with regard to initiatives outlined in the Strategy. [Full Text]

Consult Australia said the report shifts the infrastructure narrative from projects Australia can or cannot afford, to reform that cannot be ignored. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack discussed changes to the demands on, and delivery of, the transport network, and Australia's position globally, in a speech to the Financial Review Infrastructure Summit. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the role of Infrastructure Australia would be expanded under Labor with new conditions addressing areas like procurement, training and sustainability, in a speech to the Summit. [Full Text]

Master Builders said Labor's pledge reinforces its commitment to projects that meet community needs. [Full Text]

The Chair of Infrastructure Australia said it modelled potential benefits of five key reforms which are suited to an incentive-based funding approach, in a speech at the Summit. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Shadow Minister Jason Clare said the NAIF confirmed to a Senate hearing that it still hasn't created a single job or delivered a cent to any projects. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The RBA said it left the cash rate unchanged. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said it expects to the RBA to leave interest rates in a holding pattern for the next 12 months. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said its May home value index results confirm that national dwelling values dipped by 0.1 per cent over the month. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute and Adelaide Bank said their Housing Affordability Report found the proportion of median family income required to meet average loan repayments decreased by 0.3 to 31.3 per cent. [Full Text]

The ABS released 'Building Approvals, Australia, Apr 2018'. [Full Text]

The HIA said new house sales for the year to date are 3.1 per cent lower than they were in the same period in 2017. [Full Text]

Staff from UNSW said Airbnb regulation needs to distinguish between sharing and commercial letting. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The Property Council and Green Building Council announced a new direction for Green Cities. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

McKinsey said solar home systems can help to bridge the electrification gap in developing countries. [Full Text]

AWARDS

UDIA said submissions are open for the UDIA Awards for Excellence. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said that instead of selling off assets, the Commonwealth Government and the states and territories should come up with a five-year plan on immigration. [Full Text]

UDIA welcomed the NSW Premier's aim to adopt a 'collaborative' approach to delivering infrastructure, announced at the Financial Review Infrastructure Summit. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Anthony Roberts, announced $52 million in funding for infrastructure and public space in Gosford. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts outlined the upgrades and released the NSW Government Architect's recommendations for Gosford's revitalisation. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts released the 'Gosford City Centre Revitalisation Fact Sheet'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Committee for Sydney released 'The Sandstone Mega-Region', a blueprint to unite Newcastle, the Central Coast, Sydney and Wollongong into an economic powerhouse of 10 million people. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister Andrew Constance announced the NSW Budget includes a further $133 million for the Transport Access Program. [Full Text]

The Railway Association welcomed the funding announcement. [Full Text]

Treasurer Perrottet and Minister Constance announced a $1.5 billion investment for bus services throughout NSW in the NSW Budget. [Full Text]

Minister Melinda Pavey announced a trial to tackle congestion by using connected technology to reduce the number of times trucks stop at traffic lights has begun. [Full Text]

The Greens called on the NSW Government to increase the State's budget for active transport, including cycling, to 20% of the Road budget. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The NSW Government unveiled plans for Civic Station in Newcastle. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Shelter NSW issued an update on housing in the Commonwealth Budget. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

Ministers Roberts and Matt Kean announced state-wide planning reforms and a Mandatory Code of Conduct for short-term holiday letting. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said allowing strata to ban the use of short term letting is a misstep. [Full Text]

Tourism Accommodation Australia said proper insurances, fire and safety protections and security need to be put in place to protect visitors and communities. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum welcomed the NSW Government's decision to review the changes in 12 months' time and called for an effective and transparent monitoring process. [Full Text]

The Accommodation Association said it will allow quasi-hotels to flourish in Sydney and place greater pressure on housing affordability. [Full Text]

Minister Kean provided an update on the Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local Government NSW welcomed the decision to give local government a role in the management of home sharing outside Greater Sydney. [Full Text]

The NSW Business Chamber said it is concerned the new framework leaves too much discretion to local councils. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

Inner West Council invited feedback on the GreenWay Master Plan, an environmental and active travel corridor linking the Iron Cove at Leichhardt/Lilyfield with the Cooks River at Earlwood. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Gabrielle Upton launched three NABERS projects that aim to reduce energy, water and waste consumption in buildings. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / GENERAL

Chief Minister Andrew Barr delivered the ACT Budget. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Alistair Coe said for the first time, the budget papers show total annual ACT Government revenue reaching more than $7 billion. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Yvette Berry outlined ACT Budget measures that address affordable housing and homelessness. [Full Text]

The UDIA welcomed the ACT Government's abolition of stamp duty for first home buyers with an income below $160,000. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Property Council said the ACT Budget has only $126 million new capital works expenditure. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT

Minister Meegan Fitzharris outlined ACT Budget measures for a city-wide integrated public transport network for Canberra. [Full Text]

Minister Fitzharris said the ACT Budget invests in planning, design and enabling works for light rail from the City to Woden. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

Minister Mick Gentleman said a piece of land in Wright will be committed for community use after the ACT Government approved Variation 358 to the Territory Plan. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Victorian Parliament tabled 'Final report - Inquiry into the Public Housing Renewal Program'. [Full Text]

The Council to Homeless Persons said the report revealed that 82,499 Victorians are waiting for social housing. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / REGULATION

Minister Richard Wynne announced new regulations to better define 'affordable housing' and make it easier for Councils and developers to negotiate voluntary agreements to include affordable homes in residential developments. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Real Estate Institute said its March Quarter Queensland Market Monitor Report shows that the Brisbane LGA annual median house price grew 3.1 per cent to a new record of $670,000. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

Premier Steven Marshall announced legislation to establish the SA Productivity Commission will be introduced to Parliament. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Premier Mark McGowan announced the establishment of the Industrial Lands Authority and approval granted to rezone 449 hectares of rural land to industrial in West Mundijong. [Full Text]

The Property Council called on the Authority to review WA's industrial lands strategy. [Full Text]