Thursday, 12 July 2018

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Ai Group's latest Construction Outlook forecasts a 9.3 per cent rise in the value of non-residential construction work in 2018 and 8.0 per cent in 2019. [Full Text]

The ABS released 'Building Activity, Australia, Mar 2018'. [Full Text]

The HIA said the number of new homes commenced in the March quarter has kept climbing and remains at near record levels. [Full Text]

The ABS released 'Housing Finance, Australia, May 2018'. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the May housing finance figures show that the number of loans for housing has continued to decline over the last eight months. [Full Text]

The ABS added regional data to 'Building Approvals, Australia, May 2018'. [Full Text]

The ABS released 'Construction Activity: Chain Volume Measures, Australia, Mar 2018'. [Full Text]

The HIA explored whether the Reserve Bank's next move will be to lower the cash rate, in the ACI Construction Brief. [Full Text]

Core Logic looked at how national housing markets performed in terms of value growth in the 2017-18 financial year and how it compares to previous years. [Full Text]

Core Logic said 62 of the top 100 suburbs where growth is constant for properties under $500,000 are in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the property market is experiencing a rationalisation of agents due to tighter lending criteria which is seeing longer listing times and stagnant prices, particularly on the east coast. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDIGENOUS

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation said it is concerned that the Government has cut funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Australian Parliament released 'Governance and operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility'. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Jason Clare said the Facility has delivered $3 million out of the $5 billion fund. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on market participation and partnering over Cumberland Hospital East and West campuses, as part of the Westmead Health, Education and Innovation Precinct in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

The Department of Planning and Environment and Blacktown City Council have defined the Schofields Town Centre precinct boundary. [Full Text]

The Department of Planning and Environment, and Camden and Liverpool City Councils, defined the Leppington Town Centre precinct boundary. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

NSW Planning and Environment issued 'Low Rise Medium Density Design Guide for Development Applications'. [Full Text]

Campbelltown Council adopted the strategic framework, vision and growth pillars developed as part of Phase 1 of Re-imagining Campbelltown CBD project. [Full Text]

Campbelltown Council invited feedback on the use of outdoor spaces and facilities. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Transport for NSW launched a Research Hub to foster collaboration and information sharing with relevant stakeholders interested in transport and related research. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney and Sydney Business Chamber released 'Sydney Metro West: Accessibility Modelling'. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney said the report argues that Metro West has the potential to be a city-shaping transport investment supporting the three cities vision of the NSW Government for Greater Sydney. [Full Text]

The UDIA urged government and the community to see the Metro West route as part of a wider transport network. [Full Text]

Transport for NSW provided an update ahead of the construction of Parramatta Light Rail. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network's Vulnerable Road User Forum met to discuss key issues and concerns arising from major construction works. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park said the 2018-19 Infrastructure Statement shows that agencies will be required by NSW Government to submit plans as to which assets can be sold off and privatised. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INDIGENOUS

Minister Pru Goward launched 'Strong Family, Strong Communities: A Strategic Framework for Aboriginal Housing in NSW.' [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

UNSW staff discussed the effectiveness of the NSW State Environmental Planning Policy for affordable rental housing, in a City Futures Blog. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Urban Taskforce said Parramatta Council's Draft Affordable Housing Policy should be reviewed by an independent panel. [Full Text]

The proposal by Northern Beaches Council to be given a moratorium on State Government affordable housing policies demonstrates a lack of support for young families and key workers, said the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

UNSW said City Futures has been awarded an ARC Linkage Grant for a two-year project to tackle defects in strata housing. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The NSW Government announced a new safety taskforce has been established to protect workers in the manufactured stone industry from lung diseases. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS

The UDIA announced the UDIA NSW Crown Group Awards for Excellence Finalists. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING

Assistant Minister Paul Kirby presented the NT Government's $100 million plan to revitalise Darwin's CBD to at the World Cities Summit in Singapore. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the Development Consent Authority approved the $200 million Darwin Luxury Hotel development at the Darwin Waterfront. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The NT Planning Commission said the second stage of public consultation on the draft Tennant Creek Future Land Use Plan has started. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Victoria opened consultation for the 30-year infrastructure strategy. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia said the second stage of Melbourne's Monash Freeway Upgrade has been added to the Infrastructure Priority List as a High Priority Project. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher said Infrastructure Australia's assessment shows the benefit-cost ratio of the project is a 4.6. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said a Liberal Nationals Government will extend the metropolitan rail network from Cranbourne to Clyde rail. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Richard Wynne said a planning scheme amendment in Bendigo that would have seen farmland compulsorily acquired for the development of Marong Business Park has been rejected. [Full Text]

Minister Jaala Pulford announced State Government funding of $500,000 for the Rupanyup Community Retail Hub. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Aaron Magro from the University of Melbourne said studying Melbourne's planning history may provide inspiration to deal with rapid growth. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS

Minister James Merlino said the newly expanded Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will contribute an additional $167 million the Victorian economy. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS / TOURISM

Minister Jones said new data shows the tourism industry generates more than $25 billion for Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDUSTRY / PLANNING

The UDIA outlined Queensland planning system updates. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

The SA Government announced an interim Chief Executive and Board have been appointed for the new SA Housing Authority. [Full Text]

The Australian Government released a Schedule to indicate how SA will implement conditions in the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement. [Full Text]

PricewaterhouseCoopers released the 'South Australian Housing Trust Triennial Review'. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

PricewaterhouseCoopers released 'CityPulse Adelaide'. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / HERITAGE

Minister Bill Johnston called for EOI to revitalise the heritage listed former WA Institute for Deaf Education site at 53 Curtin Avenue, Cottesloe. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AGED CARE

Minister Rita Saffioti said the WA Government will transfer land in Westonia to the Central East Aged Care Alliance for the development of age-friendly, independent living units. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Real Estate Institute said Perth's overall median rent price remained stable in the June quarter, holding at $350 per week for a fifth consecutive quarter. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Jeremy Rockliff released a 10-year Infrastructure Pipeline for Tasmania. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / EDUCATION / DESIGN

Treasurer Peter Gutwein welcomed appointments for the design process for the $300 million UTAS Northern Transformation project. [Full Text]