Monday, 16 July 2018

PLANNING

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said a Labor Government will overhaul and replace the Coalition's City Deals with a City Partnerships program involving the three levels of government. [Full Text]

The Property Council welcomed the announcement but said City Deals built around city-shaping infrastructure needed to be continued and deepened. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association said local governments play a central role in shaping urban communities and must be engaged directly in developing strategies and approaches across government to address problems and realise opportunities in cities. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton released a paper on the commitment. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher said in less than three years the Government has concluded three city deals for Townsville, Launceston and Western Sydney, with negotiations underway for Darwin, Geelong, Hobart and Perth. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed 'Partnering with Our Cities', in a speech to The Sydney Institute. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

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

The Property Council said softening expectations in NSW and Victoria contributed to the largest quarterly drop in national property industry confidence since 2014, according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey for the September quarter. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Automobile Association said fuel excise is a flawed system with an uncertain future and Australia needs a transport revenue mechanism that will better inform supply and demand. [Full Text]

EVENTS

The Melbourne Institute and The Australian opened registrations for 'Outlook Conference: Australia's Economic & Social Future', on 11-12 October in Melbourne. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Real Estate Institute said May ABS housing finance figures show the dollar amount approved for the purchase of dwellings by individuals for rent or resale is at the lowest level since February 2016. [Full Text]

The ABS added small towns data to 'Census of Population and Housing: Reflecting Australia - Stories from the Census, 2016'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Pru Goward and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet launched a $20 million social impact investment to assist people at risk of homelessness. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Fletcher said WSA Co has invited registrations of interest to finalise the design and build the visitor centre at Western Sydney Airport. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Premier Berejiklian and Minister Andrew Constance announced final testing of the first of 24 new Waratah Series 2 trains. [Full Text]

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment called for feedback on the Tallawong Station Precinct South, to be built as part of the new Sydney Metro North-West. [Full Text]

Minister Constance said Sydney Metro North West project is on time and under budget by half a billion dollars. [Full Text]

Transport for NSW announced a fare subsidy allocation for NDIS registered community transport, which will be passed on to NDIS participants, until 30 June, 2020. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / INDIGENOUS

Ministers Sarah Mitchell and Victor Dominello launched a $10 million program to identify proposals for social impact investments that promote Aboriginal economic development and growth. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / DESIGN

Carriageworks opened registrations for 'FRONT', and event on shifting culture of procurement and specification in commercial projects, on 9-10 August in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS

The Committee for Sydney called for nominations for its Smart City Awards. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Property Council said industry confidence in ACT is down 3 index points in the 12 months to September but remains in a solid position overall at 136, according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Nicole Manison said credit rating agency Moody's re-affirmed the NT's credit rating at Aa2, but changed the outlook to negative. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Richard Wynne announced amendments to local planning schemes for sites Boronia, Broadmeadows, Parkville and Wodonga, to deliver new social housing dwellings under the Inclusionary Housing Pilot. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Property Council said confidence in the Victorian property industry has cooled, with a drop of six index points in the September quarter, according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Australia said Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project has not been added to the Infrastructure Priority List as the business case shows that the project's costs are likely to exceed benefits. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDUSTRY

The Property Council said overall confidence in Queensland has risen one index point since last quarter, according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Property Council said SA had a record high level of property sector confidence for the second consecutive quarter, according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

Minister Fletcher and Premier Steven Marshall said the SA Government has signed off on Stage 2 of the $615 million Gawler Rail Electrification Project. [Full Text]

Minister Stephan Knoll said passenger services along North Terrace tram extension will begin on 29 July. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Property Council said business confidence in the WA property sector has edged back slightly after strong increases over the last 12 months, according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING / ECONOMICS

Minister Fletcher released the first annual progress report for the Launceston City Deal. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Roger Jaensch said the Housing Land Supply Bill, which will allow for more direct and efficient rezoning of Crown land for construction of affordable housing, passed Parliament. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said Tasmania has recorded the strongest annual growth in housing finance commitments in Australia, according to ABS figures. [Full Text]