Australia: What's News in Property & Projects - 21 August 2012: Part 1

Last Updated: 5 September 2012
Article by Chris Lovell

In the media – National

Knight Frank: Airport parking spaces, costs increase
The number of car parking spaces at Australian airports has increased, as has the rate charged for airport parking, according to new research from Knight Frank (06 August 2012) More...

New Murray-Darling plan criticised
Premiers and ministers from three states have criticised a new draft plan published by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, released in response to a series of proposals put forward by state water ministers last month. The authority says it supports an adjustment mechanism which could see the amount of water available for irrigation move between 2,400 and 3,200 gigalitres a year (06 August 2012) More...

Survey: Institutional Investors Keeping Tighter Check on Listed Entities
Investors are increasingly grilling leading Australian listed entities on environmental, social and governance issues, according to a new survey released. Major investors need to know how corporations are tackling issues like the carbon emissions, water usage and other important ESG concerns (01 August 2012) More...

In the media – Victoria

Innovative social housing project for Port Melbourne
An innovative housing project is delivering social housing with a difference in Port Melbourne has been announced by the Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell (08 August 2012)
Innovative social housing project for Port Melbourne

Update on changes at Point Nepean
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the $13.8 million Victorian Coalition Government major works program at Point Nepean to upgrade roads, carparks, and essential services infrastructure was well underway. Mr Smith said he was pleased to announce the Port of Melbourne Corporation had finished constructing a new communications tower at Monash Light within the park (08 August 2012) Update on changes at Point Nepean

Agreement reached on Ararat prison project
The Ararat prison expansion will be completed and subcontractors will be paid valid claims under an agreement negotiated by the Victorian Coalition Government (03 August 2012)
Agreement reached on Ararat prison project

Minimum standards or maximum fine
Consumer Affairs Victoria will have new powers to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $2,800 to rooming house operators who fail to keep their accommodation up to legislated standards (03 August 2012)
Minimum standards or maximum fine

In the media – New South Wales

Government calls for nuclear dump designs
The Federal Government has released a tender calling for concept designs for Australia's first radioactive nuclear waste dump. The tender says the concept design will be appropriate for a site in arid to semi-arid areas of Australia (08 August 2012) More...

National Landscapes - tourism in the wet tropics
The Wet Tropics have been recognised as one of Australia's premier tourism destinations. The nature and culture on offer in the Wet Tropics will feature prominently in Tourism Australia's international marketing. It now joins 13 other National Landscapes, including Australia's Red Centre, the Kimberley and the Great Barrier Reef (08 August 2012) More...

Australian Government's Water for the Future: third round
The third round of funding for stormwater harvesting and reuse projects forms part of the Australian Government's National Urban Water and Desalination Plan, has been announced by the Government, which supports urban areas to secure water supplies and reduce reliance on traditional water sources (08 August 2012) More...

Knight Frank : Airport parking spaces, costs increase
The number of car parking spaces at Australian airports has increased, as has the rate charged for airport parking, according to new research from Knight Frank (06 August 2012) More...

New Murray-Darling plan criticised
Premiers and ministers from three states have criticised a new draft plan published by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, released in response to a series of proposals put forward by state water ministers last month. The authority says it supports an adjustment mechanism which could see the amount of water available for irrigation move between 2,400 and 3,200 gigalitres a year (06 August 2012) More...

Regulations a barrier for cheaper power
Power could be cheaper by using trigeneration and having fewer regulations blocking local energy production, according to the City of Sydney Chief development officer. Trigeneration networks could solve peak power demand problems more cheaply and efficiently than continually upgrading electricity networks and building remote, "inefficient" coal or gas-fired power stations (06 August 2012) More...

Clean technology grants to cut manufacturing emissions
New grants from the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs will help four Western Australian based manufacturers become more efficient and reduce their power bills. The Minister for Industry and Innovation said the new grants, worth a combined $1.8 million, would support these businesses with their installation of over $4.8 million worth of energy efficient equipment (03 August 2012) More...

PwC achieves carbon neutral certification
Leading professional services firm, PwC Australia, has achieved landmark certification of its carbon neutral status from Low Carbon Australia. PwC's CEO said receiving Australian Government-backed recognition for our carbon neutrality is an important milestone in PwC's journey towards halving our carbon emissions (03 August 2012) More...

Power generator rort alleged by regulator
The Australian Energy Regulator has indicated large price rises since the introduction of the carbon tax, and is continuing to monitor the market. Unusual pricing activity has been noticed in the Victorian and South Australian markets, along with Macquarie Generation's alleged activities in New South Wales and AGL boosting prices in South Australia with the ''extreme pricing'' (02 August 2012) More...

Survey: Institutional Investors Keeping Tighter Check on Listed Entities
Investors are increasingly grilling leading Australian listed entities on environmental, social and governance issues, according to a new survey released. Major investors need to know how corporations are tackling issues like the carbon emissions, water usage and other important ESG concerns (01 August 2012) More...

ACCC's first infringement notice for carbon claim
GFC Berwick Pty Ltd, trading as Genesis Fitness Club, has paid an infringement notice in the amount of $6,600 in relation to carbon price claims made about the cost of gym membership fees. The letter sent represented to members that by taking up this offer members could avoid a fee increase of 9-15 per cent due to the carbon price (01 August 2012) More...

Green Building Council of Australia governance changes
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has implemented a number of governance changes, with members unanimously approving nine governance changes which are consistent with best practice for boards in Australia. These include changes to length of board tenure and the election and rotation of directors (31 July 2012) More...

More Jobs in Western Sydney Vital for Sydney's Planning
The Urban Taskforce Australia has treleased a report which finds that the most important issue in improving Sydney's transport and infrastructure problem is to reverse the massive number of commuters heading daily from Western Sydney to work in other parts of Sydney (09 August 2012) More...

LGSA to merge into one association
Members of the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) have voted to form a single group. The association will be broken up into a metropolitan/urban region and a rural/regional region to ensure fair representation of councils' interests regardless of geographical location. (08 August 2012) More...

$1.4 million energy efficiency makeover for City of Canada Bay
The Federal Government is helping Canada Bay Council in NSW save tens of thousands of dollars on energy bills with a $1.4 million energy efficiency grant to upgrade local facilities, under the national Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) (09 August 2012) More...

Federal grant for Sydney semiconductor manufacturer to cut energy use, reduce pollution and save tens of thousands of dollars
Technology company, Silanna Semiconductor, which makes microelectronic circuits for space and defence satellites, deep-space probes and mobile phone infrastructure, has been awarded a Federal Government grant worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars to reduce its energy use and cut its carbon emissions intensity by more than 21 per cent (09 August 2012) More...

$4.5 million water boost for the Illawarra
The Minister for the Illawarra Greg Pearce said the Government's commitment to the Illawarra is continuing with $4.5 million investment in water and wastewater infrastructure. Mr Pearce said Sydney Water's work in the region would ensure a reliable water supply and wastewater services (06 August 2012) More...

Household survey reveals: Newcastle rejects fourth coal terminal
Fewer than 10% of Newcastle residents support the proposed fourth coal terminal, 68% feel affected by the existing terminals and almost half consider the expansion of the coal industry bad for the community. These and other findings were reported in an attitudinal survey commissioned by the Coal Terminal Action Group (CTAG) (06 August 2012) More...

$80 million precious metals mine approved in western NSW
The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has approved the construction of a new $80 million mine near Cobar in the state's west. Hera Resources Pty Limited will develop and operate the Hera Project, approximately 100km south east of Cobar and 4km south of Nymagee (03 August 2012) More...

Packer steps up Sydney luxury hotel push
An agreement provides Crown with the right to work exclusively with Lend Lease for as long as 24 months, jointly developing a concept plan for the hotel resort which is expected to be located on a site to be agreed with the NSW government on the north-west corner of Barangaroo South (02 August 2012) More...

Cobbora's environmental impacts revealed
A mining company is being accused of underestimating the environmental, social and economic impacts of a proposed state-owned coal mine near Dunedoo. The council says an independent consultants' review of the figures has found the study does not address certain planning requirements (02 August 2012) More...

Consumers hit with needless energy costs
Sydney households are paying more than $1100 a year just for the upkeep of the state's poles and wires after a surge of investment by electricity companies which the independent price regulator says has needlessly inflated prices. Prices charged for poles and wires are set by the Australian Energy Regulator. IPART's terms of reference, laid down by the NSW government, require it to pass increases on to consumers (01 August 2012) More...

IPART needs to recognise its role in rising energy prices
Recent big increases in NSW energy bills were driven by critical upgrades to the electricity networks to stop the system from meltdown, the energy industry said today. Media reports quote the Chief Executive of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), Jim Cox, claiming power prices had been unnecessarily inflated by excessive spending by network businesses (01 August 2012) More...

Sydney takes a bigger shine to solar power
The City of Sydney is poised to boost its leadership in solar power usage, with panels being installed on major City-owned buildings, grandstands, depots and libraries across the city. Following a tender process, the City has selected Solgen Energy to undertake a $6 million project to fit solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to more than 30 sites over the next two years to generate 12.5 per cent of the electricity needs of all City properties (01 August 2012) More...

Report on the environmental water needs of the Lowbidgee floodplain
The process for water management in the Lower Murrumbidgee (Lowbidgee) floodplain has been outlined in this report (01 August 2012)
Report on the environmental water needs of the Lowbidgee floodplain

Report on the NSW Cold Water Pollution Strategy
This report considers the progress of the cold water pollution strategy that aims to reduce the effect that major dams have on the ecology of large rivers (01 July 2012)
Report on the NSW Cold Water Pollution Strategy

Gold mine approved in central western NSW
A new $65 million gold mine in central western NSW, which will extract up to 1.5 million tonnes of gold ore each year, has been approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure after careful assessment (01 August 2012)
Gold mine approved in central western NSW

Commonwealth's grant mistake hits NSW councils back pocket Councils across NSW will be forced to reassess and modify their adopted 2012-13 budgets after the Commonwealth Government substantially overestimated the amount of funds councils would receive in Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) for 2011-12 (01 August 2012) More...

In the media – Queensland

Government calls for nuclear dump designs
The Federal Government has released a tender calling for concept designs for Australia's first radioactive nuclear waste dump. The tender says the concept design will be appropriate for a site in arid to semi-arid areas of Australia (08 August 2012) More...

National Landscapes - tourism in the wet tropics
The Wet Tropics have been recognised as one of Australia's premier tourism destinations. The nature and culture on offer in the Wet Tropics will feature prominently in Tourism Australia's international marketing. It now joins 13 other National Landscapes, including Australia's Red Centre, the Kimberley and the Great Barrier Reef (08 August 2012) More...

Australian Government's Water for the Future: third round
The third round of funding for stormwater harvesting and reuse projects forms part of the Australian Government's National Urban Water and Desalination Plan, has been announced by the Government, which supports urban areas to secure water supplies and reduce reliance on traditional water sources (08 August 2012) More...

Knight Frank : Airport parking spaces, costs increase
The number of car parking spaces at Australian airports has increased, as has the rate charged for airport parking, according to new research from Knight Frank (06 August 2012) More...

New Murray-Darling plan criticised
Premiers and ministers from three states have criticised a new draft plan published by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, released in response to a series of proposals put forward by state water ministers last month. The authority says it supports an adjustment mechanism which could see the amount of water available for irrigation move between 2,400 and 3,200 gigalitres a year (06 August 2012) More...

Regulations a barrier for cheaper power
Power could be cheaper by using trigeneration and having fewer regulations blocking local energy production, according to the City of Sydney Chief development officer. Trigeneration networks could solve peak power demand problems more cheaply and efficiently than continually upgrading electricity networks and building remote, "inefficient" coal or gas-fired power stations (06 August 2012) More...

Clean technology grants to cut manufacturing emissions
New grants from the $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs will help four Western Australian based manufacturers become more efficient and reduce their power bills. The Minister for Industry and Innovation said the new grants, worth a combined $1.8 million, would support these businesses with their installation of over $4.8 million worth of energy efficient equipment (03 August 2012) More...

PwC achieves carbon neutral certification
Leading professional services firm, PwC Australia, has achieved landmark certification of its carbon neutral status from Low Carbon Australia. PwC's CEO said receiving Australian Government-backed recognition for our carbon neutrality is an important milestone in PwC's journey towards halving our carbon emissions (03 August 2012) More...

Power generator rort alleged by regulator
The Australian Energy Regulator has indicated large price rises since the introduction of the carbon tax, and is continuing to monitor the market. Unusual pricing activity has been noticed in the Victorian and South Australian markets, along with Macquarie Generation's alleged activities in New South Wales and AGL boosting prices in South Australia with the ''extreme pricing'' (02 August 2012) More...

Survey: Institutional Investors Keeping Tighter Check on Listed Entities
Investors are increasingly grilling leading Australian listed entities on environmental, social and governance issues, according to a new survey released. Major investors need to know how corporations are tackling issues like the carbon emissions, water usage and other important ESG concerns (01 August 2012) More...

ACCC's first infringement notice for carbon claim
GFC Berwick Pty Ltd, trading as Genesis Fitness Club, has paid an infringement notice in the amount of $6,600 in relation to carbon price claims made about the cost of gym membership fees. The letter sent represented to members that by taking up this offer members could avoid a fee increase of 9-15 per cent due to the carbon price (01 August 2012) More...

Green Building Council of Australia governance changes
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has implemented a number of governance changes, with members unanimously approving nine governance changes which are consistent with best practice for boards in Australia. These include changes to length of board tenure and the election and rotation of directors (31 July 2012) More...

Public housing plan underway
Housing and Public Works Minister inspected a new apartment complex at Mitchelton that is helping address Queensland's social housing shortfall. Stage 1 of the Churches of Christ development will allow 22 applicants to be moved from the waiting list into public housing. An additional 24 units currently under construction would be allocated to existing public housing tenants who wish to downsize to smaller dwellings later in the year (09 August 2012) More...

QCAT decisions challenged by Attorney-General
The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice has announced he will attempt to overturn two recent decisions of QCAT, including recent QCAT decision allowing a sex worker to operate out of a Queensland motel (09 August 2012) More...

Sustainable Planning Regulation red tape cuts for development applicants
The Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning said amendments to the Sustainable Planning Regulation would remove a range of triggers requiring referral of development applications to State agencies, including social housing tenants who will be able to convert their tenancy to a long term lease without triggering the need for a development application (09 August 2012) More...

Queensland Office of Fair Trading extended warranty concern
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is highlighting its concerns about the value of extended warranties following the collapse of extended warranties provider, U-nited Warranties Pty Ltd (09 August 2012) More...

Queensland sand quarry fined for releasing contaminated water
The Newman Government welcomes a decision to fine a southern Queensland sand quarry company $75,000 for poor water management. The operator of the quarry pleaded guilty to two counts of wilfully breaching a development approval condition, seven counts of contravening an Environmental Protection Order (EPO) and two counts of failing to comply with an authorised person's direction in an emergency (09 August 2012) More...

Hotel industry troubled by anti-discrimination worker case
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) ruled the owners of a motel in the mining town of Moranbah breached the Anti-discrimination Act for denying the sex worker a room. The ruling could have broader implications for motels and hotels in Queensland's mining boom towns (08 August 2012) More...

Working with NQ cane growers to protect the reef
North Queensland cane growers will be able to increase their productivity and reduce pollutants reaching the Great Barrier Reef with the assistance of five new management projects aimed to improve sustainability, water quality management and reef health in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin Dry Tropics and Mackay-Whitsunday catchments (06 August 2012) More...

Queensland suburb of Charters Towers City officially named
The central business district of Charters Towers has been officially named the suburb of Charters Towers City by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. The Charters Towers Chamber of Commerce and Mines submitted the place name request to the department with overwhelming support from residents and businesses (06 August 2012) More...

State action to end housing crisis
The Newman Government's action to end the housing crisis in the state's mining towns, includes the fast tracking of land releases for housing development to free up land held by the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA). The Premier has set a new direction for the ULDA, which was being merged into the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (06 August 2012) More...

Partnership for cleaning up graffitied railways
Premier Campbell Newman and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk have heralded the start of a landmark partnership to tackle graffiti on the city's vandalised rail corridors. The $500,000 partnership involves Queensland Rail joining Brisbane City Council and Queensland Police in their joint Taskforce Against Graffiti (04 August 2012) More...

Queensland Building Services Authority parliamentary inquiry
The Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee of the Legislative Assembly will undertake a review of the Queensland Building Services Authority (BSA). The inquiry will consider streamlining the BSA to improve payment outcomes for subcontractors and home owners, and look at changes to the setting of licensing standards and regulatory reform that may lower the cost of building a home (03 August 2012) More...

Planned rail routes force farmers to question future
A group of central Queensland landholders says farmers still face years of uncertainty about rail line routes to service the Galilee Basin. The State Government has endorsed two rail corridor options from the basin to the coast but admits other lines could still be proposed by mining companies in the future (03 August 2012) More...

New code of compliance for Pumping stations
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has developed a new code of environmental compliance for operators of sewage pumping stations which will save millions in application costs. The new code allows operators of pumping stations with a capacity of greater than 40 kilolitres per hour to operate under set conditions, without having to apply for a development approval for an environmentally relevant activity (ERA) (03 August 2012) More...

Greentape Reduction Bill 2012
The Queensland Parliament has passed laws to reform licensing processes. The Bill streamlines mining and petroleum approvals by clarifying the application process and removing the need for administrative transfers while ensuring communities are consulted earlier in the process. The new framework is intended to commence in March 2013 (02 August 2012) More...

PCA: Brisbane office space continues to attract strong demand
The Brisbane office market continued to experience strong demand in the six months to July 2012, according to the Property Council of Australia's latest Office Market Report (02 August 2012) More...

Proposed new rules on CSG water
The Newman Government has proposed new rules to govern the management of water and brine produced from the coal seam gas industry, with the introduced proposed amendments to the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 in State Parliament. CSG companies would still require an Environmental Authority and a water licence to transport water and brine off their lease (02 August 2012) More...

Feedback on More resilient electrical infrastructure in high rise buildings
The Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle has released a discussion paper seeking industry comment on a Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry recommendation to consider introducing a legislative requirement that electrical substations in buildings be located at or above the defined flood level (02 August 2012) More...

Energy and Water Ombudsman new chair and council members
A new Chair and members of the Advisory Council to the independent Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland has been announced by the Government. The Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland, is a free, fair and independent confidential dispute resolution service for Queenslanders who are unable to resolve a complaint with their electricity, gas or water supplier (02 August 2012) More...

Federal Court: Djungan People's native title rights recognised
The Federal Court of Australia has today recognised the Djungan People's Native Title rights and interests over more than 182,000 hectares of land in North Queensland. The land covered by the determination included Land Act reserves, pastoral leases and some leasehold and unallocated State Land situated in and around Mount Mulligan, west of Mareeba (02 August 2012) More...

State Inquiry into retirement village legislation
The Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee will undertake a review of the Retirement Villages Act to ensure elderly residents are adequately protected from unscrupulous operators. It will take public submissions and consult with key industry groups, including retirement village scheme operators and residents. The committee will report to Parliament by 30 November 2012 (02 August 2012) More...

Interim SEQ bulk water board announced
A three member interim board has been announced that will lead the transition of three bulk water entities into a single body, the South East Queensland Bulk Water Company Limited. The SEQ Water Grid Manager will be dissolved by 1 January 2013 and its functions transferred to the new entity (01 August 2012) More...

Metricon Homes $800,000 penalty for misleading representations
The Federal Court has ordered Metricon Homes Qld Pty Ltd to pay $800,000 in penalties and $50,000 towards the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's costs after it agreed that some of its advertising and promotional material was false or misleading (31 July 2012) More...

Published – articles, papers, reports – National

Proposed basin plan August 2012
Author: Murray Darling Basin Authority
The re-revised Murray-Darling Basin plan with proposed changes to water regulation guidelines and the socioeconomic implications these differences will have to regional areas (02 August 2012)
Proposed basin plan August 2012

Published – articles, papers, reports – New South Wales

Recording Emissions Reduction Schemes in ABS Statistics
Author: Australian Bureau of Statistics
ABS Statistics (cat. no. 5257.0.55.001) paper details the statistical treatment of the measures legislated under the group of Acts that are known collectively as the Clean Energy Acts that came into force on 1 July 2012 (30 July 2012) More...

Government Response: Australia's biosecurity and quarantine arrangements
Author: Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee The committee's recommendations are provided in the order they are presented in the current report (30 July 2012) More...

Housing finance, Australia 2012
Author: Australian Bureau of Statistics
This paper contains time series data for secured and unsecured housing finance commitments for owner occupation, commitments for construction or purchase of dwellings for rent or resale, and loan outstandings to individuals/households for housing (08 August 2012)
Housing finance, Australia 2012

Public risk perceptions, understandings and responses to climate change in Australia and Great Britain - final report
Author: Joseph P. Reser, and others; National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Australians are accepting climate change and are taking adaptive action, states this report (08 August 2012)
Public risk perceptions, understandings and responses to climate change in Australia and Great Britain - final report

Property industry confidence survey
Author: Property Council of Australia
The latest Property Council of Australia-ANZ Property Industry Confidence Survey shows Victorian respondents' sentiment declined from 96 on the index for the June quarter to 93 for the September quarter (04 August 2012)
Property industry confidence survey

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    If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. Mondaq stores this information and may contact the friend to invite them to register with Mondaq, but they will not be contacted more than once. The friend may contact Mondaq to request the removal of this information from our database.

    Emails

    From time to time Mondaq may send you emails promoting Mondaq services including new services. You may opt out of receiving such emails by clicking below.

    *** If you do not wish to receive any future announcements of services offered by Mondaq you may opt out by clicking here .

    Security

    This website takes every reasonable precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected using firewalls and other security technology. If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to webmaster@mondaq.com.

    Correcting/Updating Personal Information

    If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as postcode), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will endeavour to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user’s personal data provided to us. This can usually be done at the “Your Profile” page or by sending an email to EditorialAdvisor@mondaq.com.

    Notification of Changes

    If we decide to change our Terms & Conditions or Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on our site so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

    How to contact Mondaq

    You can contact us with comments or queries at enquiries@mondaq.com.

    If for some reason you believe Mondaq Ltd. has not adhered to these principles, please notify us by e-mail at problems@mondaq.com and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to determine and correct the problem promptly.

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