Monday, 5 November 2018

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Staff from the Grattan Institute outlined steps state governments need to take to improve housing affordability. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said a holistic approach looking at all taxes and charges impacting on the final cost of housing is needed to address affordable housing. [Full Text]

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia said that Labor's negative gearing policy shows it fails to understand and appreciate the vital part investors play in the property sector. [Full Text]

Staff from the Grattan Institute said stamp duties on real estate purchases are inefficient and that all state treasurers should follow the ACT and replace stamp duties with broad-based property taxes. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

Bronwyn Bate from Western Sydney University said that ideas of home and ownership may explain the neglect of renters' rights. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL / INFRASTRUCTURE / POPULATION

Marion Terrill from the Grattan Institute said that options outside of expanding transport networks need to be focussed on by government to cater for population growth. [Full Text]

BITRE issued 'Progress in Australian Regions Yearbook 2018'. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council celebrated its 2,000th Green Star certification. [Full Text]

The CRC for Low Carbon Living issued 'Final Project Report: Lower income barriers to low carbon living - policy pathways to addressing barriers'. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS

The University of Melbourne discussed its new Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System to simulate disaster scenarios and their potential impacts. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

Building trades remain in short supply in every city except Perth, according to the Housing Industry Association. [Full Text]

AWARDS / DESIGN

Winners of the National Architecture Awards were announced by the Institute of Architects. [Full Text]

EVENTS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Registrations are open for the National Housing Conference, to be held in Darwin in August 2019. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HEALTH / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a $434 million redevelopment of Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY / HEALTH / EDUCATION

Minister Don Harwin said public schools and hospitals will be able to save on power bills through a combination of solar and a $20 million NSW Government smart battery program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / REGULATION

Minister Pru Goward said tenants who deliberately damage social housing properties will now be required to pay a rental bond. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Former Infrastructure Australia advisor John Austen criticised NSW road and rail infrastructure planning, in an article. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Canberra Business Chamber issued a second-year report card as part of its 'Destination 2030: A Vision for Canberra'. [Full Text]

Master Builders called on the ACT Government to develop a 30-year infrastructure plan. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / DESIGN / HERITAGE

The Institute of Architects said plans to demolish Anzac Hall as part of a redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial are deeply distressing. [Full Text]

Plans for the $498m expansion of the Australian War Memorial are online. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / FINANCE

The Property Council made a submission to the ACT Government's discussion paper on the review of the Lease Variation Charge Scheme. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INDIGENOUS

Minister Gerald McCarthy announced a new subdivision at Galiwin'ku in in North-east Arnhem Land, under the NT Government's remote housing program. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / GENERAL

The Committee for Melbourne issued a summary of policy priorities for the Victorian State Election. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOMELESSNESS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Council to Homeless Persons released the Victorian Homelessness Election Platform. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy proposed mandatory height controls in part of Melbourne's beachside suburbs to manage population growth. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne proposed to permanently tighten planning controls in Melbourne's green wedges. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews proposed the creation of over 6,500 hectares of parkland in Melbourne. [Full Text]

Premier Andrews proposed to declare Victoria's Bass Coast a 'Distinctive Area and Landscape' under the Planning and Environment Act. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL / POPULATION

Deloitte issued 'Regional futures: economic and social impact of the Karen resettlement in Bendigo'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / WATER

The Victorian Government invited community housing providers to apply for a water efficiency retrofit program. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk approved plans for an expansion of The Star Gold Coast, worth more than $2 billion. [Full Text]

The approval allows for the option to develop up to four additional mixed-use towers with permitted maximum heights of 52-74 stories, according to the Star Entertainment Group. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association of Queensland issued a summary of a meeting with the Premier on the 'Belcarra' reforms to Local Government accountability and conflict of interest regulation. [Full Text]

Corrs Chambers Westgarth published a critique of the Queensland Government's Belcarra reforms. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Minister Stephan Knoll announced the appointment of two new members to the SA's State Planning Commission as it transitions from the formative stage to the implementation stage. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / EMPLOYMENT

The Property Council said the WA Government can make the residential densification of the inner city a key priority, as part of a proposed strategy to attract tourism and residents to Perth. [Full Text]

Minister Rita Saffioti announced the release of the first lots of land within the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

The Property Council said it is delighted that the Strata Titles Amendment Bill has been passed by the Parliament of WA. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said this reform will improve strata living arrangements through better regulation of strata managers and improved dispute resolution processes. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AWARDS / GEOSPATIAL AND DIGITAL ENGINEERING

Winners of the WA Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards were announced. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / ECONOMICS

The Tasmanian Treasury issued '2017-18 Treasurer's Annual Financial Report'. [Full Text]

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said for the third year in a row the Tasmanian Government has delivered a modest budget surplus and remained free of net debt. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / FINANCE / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Tasmanian Government released 'Quarterly Housing Report - September 2018'. [Full Text]

Minister Roger Jaensch said the report shows the Tasmanian Government is on track to assist over 1,600 additional households by June 2019, including new supply of 941 affordable lots and homes. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / ENERGY / WATER / REGULATION

Treasurer Gutwein announced the passage of Bills to cap electricity, water and sewerage prices in Tasmania. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION / TOURISM

The Planning Institute made a submission on Tasmania's Draft Short Stay Accommodation Bill. [Full Text]