Thursday, 14 February 2019

POPULATION

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg issued a statement following the first meeting of the Treasurers' Forum on Population. [Full Text]

Minister Alan Tudge said the Forum agreed to immediately establish two working groups on Regional Analysis, and Data and Forecasting. [Full Text]

BITRE issued 'An introduction to where Australians live'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said the RBA anticipates below trend growth of 2.5 per cent for this financial year, a fall on the 3.25 per cent expected previously. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The ABS released 'Lending to households and businesses, Australia, Dec 2018'. [Full Text]

The HIA said housing finance commitments for construction and purchase of new homes declined by 3.4 per cent in December 2018 to be 13.4 per cent lower than at the same time in 2017. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said there is a clear risk that the decline in activity in the residential property market will become a major drag on the economy. [Full Text]

CoreLogic issued a housing market update for January. [Full Text]

ME Bank issued its Household Financial Comfort Report for February. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Specialist homelessness services annual report 2017-18'. [Full Text]

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Specialist Homelessness Services Collection data cubes 2011-18'. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Shadow Minister Kim Carr welcomed Minister Karen Andrews' decision to ban the use of flammable cladding on Australian buildings, but said the Government still lacks a plan of action. [Full Text]

Geoff Hanmer from UNSW said governments should take cladding rectification away from strata committees and, if necessary, carry out necessary work directly and recover the costs from responsible parties. [Full Text]

The Building Ministers' Forum issued a communique. [Full Text]

The Fifth Estate summarised outcomes and industry responses to the Building Ministers' Forum. [Full Text]

The Institute of Architects said outcomes from the Forum will fall short of community expectations around ensuring safety. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

Suzanne Toumbourou from ASBEC said the recommendations increase the minimum standards for energy performance of new buildings required by the National Construction Code. [Full Text]

ASBEC said the Forum has referred a Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings to the Building Codes Board for further advice. [Full Text]

RMIT University has partnered with Melbourne Water and the Australian Government Research Training Program to explore whether using biosolids as a construction method would be feasible. [Full Text]

ENERGY

The Grattan Institute released 'Keep calm and carry on: Managing electricity reliability'. [Full Text]

WATER

Staff from Western Sydney University discussed the use of desalination to achieve water security. [Full Text]

Staff from Western Sydney University said pricing of water that encourages recycling and water conservation should be a national priority. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

Master Builders released a submission to Treasury ahead of the federal budget. [Full Text]

The National Growth Areas Alliance made a federal budget submission, focussing on five building blocks for good growth. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INTERNATIONAL

Cities may be able to cut congestion by charging ride-sharing firms for time spent dropping off and picking up passengers, according to a Harvard University study. [Full Text]

Anne Lusk from Harvard University said bike-friendly cities should be designed to be inclusive. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Local Government Association discussed whether there should be consistency of Local Government Acts across states and territories. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Minister Matt Kean announced that the NSW Government will appoint a Building Commissioner, in addition to accepting most recommendations for construction industry reform in the Shergold Weir Report. [Full Text]

Ai Group said the proposal to establish a Building Commissioner will ensure that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with applicable standards. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the announcement by NSW Government that they will register building practitioners will lift confidence in the building industry. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the changes have the potential to reduce the burden on home builders. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

Opposition Leader Michael Daley said if elected, Labor will stop developers going to state government to seek a site-specific amendment to a council's LEP after council has rejected it. [Full Text]

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the plan will condemn the state to congestion, higher house prices and planning delays. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said removing reliance on spot rezonings will create greater certainty, give communities more control and support the focus on strategic planning. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said that giving councils too much power in the rezoning process creates an environment conducive to corruption. [Full Text]

UDIA NSW said spot rezoning creates conversation about a site in the context of strategic plans and changing contexts and priorities, and ensures councils assess proposals in a timely manner. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Daley announced a policy to review the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act with a view to better protect trees. [Full Text]

The Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation released a Public Domain Plan for Newcastle's waterfront precinct. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HERITAGE

Opposition Leader Daley announced a policy to establish a Trust to manage Callan Park in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

Premier Berejiklian, Minister Pru Goward and the City of Sydney signed a global agreement to halve street homelessness across the State by 2025. [Full Text]

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore welcomed the commitment but said the Government needs to provide more social and affordable housing in the inner city. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / NOT FOR PROFIT

Minister Goward said four providers will deliver more than 1,000 additional homes for vulnerable families under Phase 2 of the NSW Government's Social and Affordable Housing Fund. [Full Text]

PowerHousing said the announcement highlights that there is momentum building around affordable housing being forged into an asset class. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AGED CARE

Minister Kean announced further changes to retirement villages regulation in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

Shadow Minister Jodi McKay said the NSW Government's environment agency has failed to act for three years on potential toxic contamination of the Homebush West housing estate. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a 10-year plan for NSW households to obtain a no-interest loan from the NSW Government to purchase solar-battery and battery systems. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council said it falls short of what's needed. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Daley announced that NSW Labor will support 500,000 households to install rooftop solar and help reduce electricity bills over the next 10 years. [Full Text]

Treasurer Perrottet critiqued NSW Labor's plan. [Full Text]

Greenpeace said the plan will help ease the pressure on NSW's coal-fired generators, while also lowering pollution and power prices. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council said it is a significant commitment that would cut greenhouse pollution by almost 3 million tonnes a year. [Full Text]

The Clean Energy Council said the parties' proposals should be congratulated for embracing solar and batteries to create cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. [Full Text]

The Greens launched a $1.25b solar energy plan for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Opposition Leader Daley announced $8b to fast-track Western Metro and $3b to improve Sydney's existing rail network. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Constance discussed transport spend and projects under Coalition and Labor Governments. [Full Text]

NSW Farmers called for a focus on regional transport and infrastructure in the lead up to the election. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

The Western Sydney Business Chamber outlined the election priorities of the business community. [Full Text]

The Property Council released its NSW election platform. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the NSW election should be an opportunity for political parties to get serious about securing more consistent delivery of residential housing supply to meet the underlying demand of a growing population. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The NSW Office of Local Government released a circular on the administration of the 2020 local government elections. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / GENERAL

Registrations are open for the Grattan Institute's event, 'NSW Election 2019: Big ideas for the next government', on 19 February in Sydney. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for a UDIA NSW event on planning for and accommodating challenges of population growth, on 13 March in Sydney. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / GENERAL

Chief Minister Andrew Barr released the ACT mid-year budget update. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / POPULATION / INFRASTRUCTURE

Treasurer Tim Pallas said if the Commonwealth's infrastructure investment was distributed based on population share, Victoria would receive an additional $4.9b. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Master Builders said building approvals data for Victoria shows an overall decline in approvals, driven by apartments. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / GENERAL

The PM committed to developing a City Deal for South East Queensland. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the Australian Government has not committed a single dollar to a City Deal for South East Queensland. [Full Text]

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the proposal lays the foundation to transform the way federal, state and local governments can work together to secure South East Queensland's success. [Full Text]

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) released an overview, next steps and background papers on the proposal. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the proposed City Deal is a game-changer for the region and will build momentum towards a national network of city deals that will shape Australia's urban landscape. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Council of Mayors South East Queensland released 'Strategic Transport Road Map for SEQ'. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / EVENTS

Registrations are open for AHURI's event, 'Is social housing infrastructure?', on 2 April in Brisbane. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

SA Planning released guidelines for Regional Plans and Joint Planning Arrangements. [Full Text]

Renewal SA said a Structure Plan for desired future uses of 94 hectares of land at Aldinga will be prepared. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS

The SA Auditor-General released a report on state finances and related matters. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HERITAGE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

WA Planning said a new legislative framework will enable the City of Fremantle to approve minor heritage building works in Fremantle's West End without needing to refer to the Heritage Council. [Full Text]