Urban Affairs is a twice-weekly email bulletin service focused on urban planning and development. Each news item links to a primary document from politicians, government agencies, peak bodies and research organisations. The great majority of our content is not reported by the general media, and is tailored to inform individuals, business, government, and other organisations involved in urban planning and development, and the many industries that surround it.

Bulletins are posted here 4 weeks after being emailed to subscribers.

Sign in to view the latest bulletins

Bulletins

Infrastructure Australia released the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia said the List has 121 nationally significant proposals and a $58 billion project pipeline to guide the next 15 years of infrastructure investment. [Full Text]

Ministers Michael McCormack and Alan Tudge responded to the List. [Full Text]

Minister McCormack said the List gives rigour and accountability. [Full Text]

The Property Council said any promises of investment in new infrastructure projects in the election lead-up should only come from those already on the List. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council said the List highlights the continued need for targeted investment in freight infrastructure projects. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said that with the right policy settings the projects can create new economic opportunities, support a growing population, increase standards of living, and respond to challenges of climate change and emissions reduction. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute said the expanded list of priority projects progresses a more integrated approach to managing Australia's growth fairly and sustainably. [Full Text]

The Railway Association said the rail projects included in Infrastructure Australia's List are important nation-building initiatives and are endorsed by the rail sector. [Full Text]

The Trucking Association said the List provides critical focus on the need to invest in safer regional roads and fixing urban congestion. [Full Text]

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said penalties for corporate and financial sector misconduct are set to increase following passage of legislation through the Senate. [Full Text]

Treasury issued 'Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2018-19'. [Full Text]

RBA Assistant Governor Christopher Kent said the Bank has revised down its forecasts for both growth and inflation. [Full Text]

CEDA released its annual Economic and Political Overview. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said the Federal Government should balance its ambition to return to surplus against the risk of slowing an already softening economy, in the coming Federal Budget. [Full Text]

The Federal Government responded to the report, 'Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future'. [Full Text]

Minister Bridget McKenzie said the report highlighted the importance of investing in enabling infrastructure to improve connectivity, key services and amenity across regional Australia. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission released 'Growing the digital economy in Australia and New Zealand: Maximising Opportunities for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs)'. [Full Text]

The ABS said that in 2016 half of 1.5 million temporary residents were living in Sydney (27 per cent) and Melbourne (24 per cent) with a further 14 per cent calling Brisbane home. [Full Text]

Senator Mehreen Faruqi called for a replacement or extension of the National Rental Affordability Scheme. [Full Text]

A Senate committee issued the report from its inquiry into charity fundraising. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Andrew Leigh said the report urges parliament to fix Australia's fundraising laws within the next two years. [Full Text]

Core Logic analysed the decline in million-dollar suburbs that occurred during the year to January. [Full Text]

The Greens said the Australian Government is too slow preparing for electric vehicles, following Infrastructure Australia's listing of a rapid rollout of a national electric vehicle fast-charging network as a top priority. [Full Text]

The Electric Vehicle Council said if Infrastructure Australia recognises a national fast-charging network as a high priority, then governments should heed the call. [Full Text]

A recent public hearing transcript is online for an inquiry into the use of automation and new energy sources in land-based mass transit. [Full Text]

UNSW's Professor Mat Santamouris said codes and regulations that dictate the performance of Australian buildings must urgently be modified. [Full Text]

The Institute of Architects said the outcomes from the recent Building Minister's Forum will fall short of community expectations when it comes to ensuring Australians' safety. [Full Text]

Energy Action issued 'Expansion of Mandatory Disclosure to Office Tenancies: Feasibility Assessment'. [Full Text]

The Federal Government released an interactive national drought map. [Full Text]

The Federal Government released 'Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018'. [Full Text]

The Federal Government released 'Closing the Gap 2019 Report'. [Full Text]

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

Early bird registrations close on 1 March for the National Housing Conference in Darwin. [Full Text]

Deloitte issued 'Imagine Sydney - Play, 2019' [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts said investor confidence in Gosford has increased since the implementation of the NSW Government's revitalisation program. [Full Text]

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro discussed progress on the Parkes Special Activation Precinct. [Full Text]

Homelessness NSW released its NSW State Election Platform. [Full Text]

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre said it endorsed Homelessness NSW's calls for an overall increase in social housing stock of over 5,000 new dwellings a year until 2026. [Full Text]

The Good Growth Alliance of peak industry bodies and NGO leaders said the target to halve rough sleeping in NSW by 2025 will need investment in social housing and an all-of-government approach to good growth. [Full Text]

The NSW Greens said housing needs to be recognised as essential infrastructure and a massive investment made in affordable, public and social housing, in order to halve homelessness. [Full Text]

Minister Matt Kean announced that changes will be made to laws governing the retirement village sector in NSW. [Full Text]

The Property Council said further consultation is needed to ensure the changes don't risk supply of housing in the retirement village sector. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the NSW Government needs to clarify the Building Commissioner's role because it would be a mistake to have it acting as 'second approver' and doubling up on design plan approval. [Full Text]

The Association of Consulting Architects said the NSW Government needs to investigate construction contracting methods, relationships and behaviours that affect building quality and safety. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the completion of the Newcastle Light Rail line. [Full Text]

The NSW Government signed a contract with Momentum Trains for the $2.8b project to design, build, finance and maintain a new regional rail fleet. [Full Text]

Anglicare Sydney said it will build 550 affordable properties over three years, as one of the successful applicants for Phase 2 of the NSW Government's Social and Affordable Housing Fund. [Full Text]

The NSW Community Sector Alliance called on political parties ahead of the NSW election for more essential services to address inequality. [Full Text]

Minister Chris Steel said the ACT Government has completed works to re-invigorate the precinct around Canberra's Sydney and Melbourne Buildings. [Full Text]

Lord Mayor Sally Cap said the City of Melbourne will consider a 20-year plan for the Domain Parklands. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister David Davis said Infrastructure Australia has identified a connection between the Melbourne's Eastern Freeway and CityLink as a "high priority project" with a "near term" timescale. [Full Text]

The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria made recommendations for 17 cycling corridors that feed into Melbourne CBD. [Full Text]

Minister Jenny Mikakos said the Victorian Government is starting work to design and build a new $1.5 billion world-class public hospital in Footscray. [Full Text]

Minister Mark Bailey introduced the Personalised Transport Ombudsman Bill to Queensland Parliament. [Full Text]

Minister Mick de Brenni urged the PM to show leadership over housing for remote Indigenous communities in Queensland. [Full Text]

The Civil Contractors Federation criticised the absence of any of SA's worst roads on the Infrastructure Australia list of priority projects. [Full Text]

Minister Rita Saffioti welcomed the inclusion of new WA initiatives on the Infrastructure Australia Priority List, including METRONET. [Full Text]

The UDIA welcomed the addition of several WA infrastructure projects to the List but said there is more to be done to ensure WA secures its fair share of federal infrastructure funding. [Full Text]

The Civil Contractors Federation discussed the WA projects on Infrastructure Australia's Priority List. [Full Text]

Minister Saffoti announced that changes to the City of Fremantle's Local Planning Scheme have been gazetted, allowing for increased medium density housing within special control areas. [Full Text]

Minister Stephen Dawson called for feedback on a draft joint management plan for Ningaloo Coast. [Full Text]