Thursday, 13 December 2018

PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE / POPULATION

Infrastructure Australia has released 'Planning Liveable Cities: A place-based approach to sequencing infrastructure and growth'. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia said the report recommends planning, funding and governance reforms to ensure governments are coordinating delivery of new housing in growing cities with additional infrastructure and services needed to support it. [Full Text]

Minister Alan Tudge said the recommendations reflected key pillars of the Coalition's population and cities policies. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the report shows cities are behind in delivering infrastructure to support population growth. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said the report recommends a coordinated planning approach between the three tiers of government coupled with sequencing housing delivery and infrastructure to manage population growth. [Full Text]

Roads Australia said the report underscores the need to get ahead of the curve on essential urban infrastructure planning and delivery. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute called on COAG to commit to a National Settlement Strategy. [Full Text]

COAG announced that the Treasurer's Forum will meet in February to start developing a population planning and management framework. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry launched a migration policy position, 'Migration works for all of us.' [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / INDUSTRY

Former Chair of Infrastructure Australia Sir Rod Eddington has been announced as Chair of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia made a submission to an inquiry into Austrade's role in attracting investment in Australia. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE / ECONOMICS

The ACCC released 'Residential mortgage price inquiry: final report'. [Full Text]

The ACCC said opaque, discretionary pricing of residential mortgages by banks makes it difficult and time consuming for borrowers to shop around and stifles price competition. [Full Text]

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the Government's reforms to improve customer outcomes and increase competition in the banking sector have been reaffirmed by the inquiry. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said the ACCC's findings are a reminder of the cost to the taxpayer of negative gearing. [Full Text]

The ABS released 'Residential Property Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, Sep 2018'. [Full Text]

The ABS said Melbourne property prices recorded the third consecutive quarter of falls and the first annual price fall since the September quarter of 2012. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Housing Finance, Australia, Oct 2018'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the data shows a modest monthly increase in lending, but overall lending remains well below levels recorded a year ago. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the strength of new home building in Victoria has once again kept it ahead of New South Wales as the number one state on its Housing Scorecard. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the continued decline in housing finance reflects the slowing market, APRA restrictions on investors, fallout from the Royal Commission into Banking and concerns about changes to property taxation. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said its September quarter research results show house prices have seen the largest decrease since December 2011. [Full Text]

The Property Investment Professionals said that one in three first-home buyers had opted to invest in property while renting over the past year. [Full Text]

Treasurer Frydenberg said the Government has forced the sale of more than 300 Australian properties illegally acquired by foreign nationals, worth over $380 million. [Full Text]

APRA released its Quarterly Authorised Deposit-taking Institution Property Exposures publication for the September quarter. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INSURANCE

The Insurance Council said householders and investors who list houses and apartments on short-stay rental websites over the summer holidays could place their assets and financial stability at risk. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ICT

Swinburne University of Technology has been awarded a $725,000 ARC grant to develop a digital infrastructure platform for built environment research, synthesis and engagement. [Full Text]

Colliers discussed how automation has revamped commercial property valuation. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

Lendlease announced that it will direct part of the sale price of every new residential dwelling and land lot to a philanthropic initiative it is establishing to help address and prevent homelessness. [Full Text]

MAPPING / GEOSPATIAL AND DIGITAL ENGINEERING

CoreLogic released an interactive map of Australia's property market based on location analytics and geospatial data. [Full Text]

DESIGN / FLOODS

Elisa Palazzo from UNSW discussed the need to start planning and designing cities to cope with flooding. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Regional Australia Institute issued three papers on regional development. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / EMPLOYMENT / INDIGENOUS

Ministers Mathias Cormann announced the Inland Rail Indigenous Participation Plan. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / ACCESSIBILITY / REGULATION

Master Builders responded to the Building Code Board's Accessible Housing Project's Options Paper. [Full Text]

EVENTS / GENERAL

Registrations are open for the Property Council's Future Cities Summit on 24 May in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Anthony Roberts confirmed that Lavender Green in North Sydney will remain unaffected by planning changes, which will make it easier for Luna Park to install new rides. [Full Text]

Minister Gabrielle Upton said the NSW Government won't proceed with a proposal to build a commercial function and wedding centre at South Head, following strong community opposition. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / POPULATION

The Property Council announced economic modelling that shows a detrimental impact on the NSW economy should a cut to net overseas migration of 50 per cent be implemented. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the completion of a 68-unit Social and Affordable Housing Fund development in Western Sydney, [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Berejiklian announced that from 1 July, 2019, NSW drivers who spend $15 or more per week on tolls will be eligible for half-priced vehicle registration. [Full Text]

Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils have signed an agreement to install kerbside electric car charging stations. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley said that in the haste to demolish Allianz Stadium, crucial planning approval stages have been ignored. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

The NSW Auditor-General released a report on the Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Melinda Pavey announced a phase one trial of a fully-automated passenger shuttle in Coffs Harbour. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

NSW Planning and Environment released 'Large-Scale Solar Energy Guideline' for consultation. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / EDUCATION

The NT Government outlined education construction project tenders awarded to NT companies this year. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Victoria's Essential Services Commission issued 'Council Rate Cap Compliance Report 2018-19'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / WATER

The Essential Services Commission also released its annual performance report on Victoria's 16 urban water businesses. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas issued a budget update. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Jacinta Allan said the PM is withholding $3 billion of Victorian infrastructure funding. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Real Estate Institute said Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast posted record annual median house prices in the September quarter. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / DESIGN

SA Planning issued 'What We Have Heard on the Planning and Design Code - How Will It Work?'. [Full Text]

SA Planning issued 'What We Have Heard on Assessment Pathways - How Will They Work?'. [Full Text]

SA Planning issued 'What We Have Heard on the Accredited Professionals Scheme Draft'. [Full Text]

SA Planning said the Annual Report on the Administration of the Development Act has been tabled in Parliament. [Full Text]

SA Planning announced that councils will soon be able to provide feedback on a state-wide set of council inspection policies to foster more consistency and building compliance across council regions. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / POPULATION

The Property Council said a poll it commissioned shows 74 per cent of Adelaideans believe population growth is good, as long as it's properly planned. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The University of Adelaide's Centre for Economic Studies analysed recent ABS and Core Logic housing data. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

The PM announced that the headquarters of the Australian Space Agency will be located at Lot Fourteen at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TOURISM

Premier Will Hodgman released the Cradle Mountain EOI Investment Prospectus. [Full Text]