Australia: Construction & Infrastructure - What's News - 12 March 2013

Last Updated: 26 March 2013
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In the media

Current airport funding model is the best for the future: AAA
The Australian Airports Association (AAA) has reaffirmed support for the funding model which has successfully delivered billions of dollars' worth of airport infrastructure and is the best way to ensure future infrastructure delivery (07 March 2013). More...

Building Approvals Update Will Disappoint the RBA
The first ABS building approvals update for 2013 indicates that new home building activity will this year fall short of both RBA expectations and the Australian economy's requirements, according to the Housing Industry Association (04 March 2013). More...

Federal Government announces $100m flood mitigation fund
Home insurance premiums could be slashed by as much as 70 per cent with the help of a $100 million fund to alleviate flooding in high-risk areas, according to the Federal Government. The money will be used for flood mitigation projects around the country (28 February 2013). More...

ABS: Business investment falls, but mining holds up
Australian business investment fell 1.2 per cent last quarter, against expectations of a modest rise. Despite the overall decline, it seems the peak for mining investment has not yet been reached, with spending on new structures in that sector up 2.9 per cent and investment in new plant, equipment and machinery up 2.5 per cent (01 March 2013). More...

Barracks infrastructure subcontract awarded
A subcontract for preparatory construction and infrastructure works at Holsworthy army barracks in Sydney has been awarded as part of the $870 million Moorebank Units Relocation project. Managing contractor Laing O'Rourke has awarded the $148 million subcontract to John Holland, (07 March 2013). More...

Federal Funding for Westconnex Road Project
The Federal Government has committed to providing funds towards the Westconnex road project, if planning currently underway identifies a detailed business case and direct routes through to the CBD and Port Botany. All up, the Federal Government is investing $11.6 billion in NSW under the Nation Building Program which is more than 30 per cent of the federal transport infrastructure budget (04 March 2013). More...

Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link Field Studies Underway
Teams of specialist engineers and environmental advisers have begun work on identifying and investigating the design, safety and conservation issues associated with the proposed Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link (26 February 2013). More...

Building contract awarded for Royal North Shore clinical services
NSW Health Infrastructure has appointed Brookfield Multiplex to construct the clinical services building as part of Sydney Royal North Shore Hospital's redevelopment. The construction contract is a portion of the $153 million funded by the state government for the facility (27 February 2013). More...

Resources for regions funding to go further
The New South Wales government is moving to broaden the definition of communities eligible for Resources for Regions funding. The Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner says the latest annual assessment has recommended other areas should be eligible (27 February 2013). More...

Councils push for more mining royalties
Councils from western New South Wales have voted to lobby the State Government for a bigger slice of mining royalties, stating that not enough of the Royalties for Regions program is going to rural councils (26 February 2013). More...

Construction blitz finds safety shortfalls
Dangerous scaffolding, unsafe work at height and inadequate temporary fencing were just some of the 90 safety breaches WorkSafe inspectors found on housing construction sites across western Victoria last month under Operation Safesite. Inspectors will conduct follow-up visits in the coming weeks to ensure all health and safety breaches had been rectified (07 March 2013). More...

Victoria drives increases in retail sales, building approvals
Victoria is driving a nationwide increase in key sectors of the Australian economy with new data showing an increase in retail trade and building approvals (05 March 2013). More...

Victoria's road safety strategy to drive the next decade
The Victorian Coalition Government will increase funding to improve the state's highest risk roads and intersections to $1 billion over the next 10 years. The increase in funding which forms the centrepiece of Victoria?s new 10-year strategy to drive the next decade of road safety in Victoria, including a four-year plan that outlines priority actions for government across 14 key areas (01 March 2013). More...

State action on mine town housing
More than 100 short-term actions have been identified to assist regional and resource communities meet the challenges of the mining boom, in the released the Regional and Resource Towns Action Plan This includes a range of initiatives and on the ground projects to be undertaken in the next 12 - 24 months in response to specific circumstances being experienced by communities in Queensland (07 March 2013). More...

Community feedback sought on construction code guidelines
The Newman Government wants feedback on guidelines for the building and construction code of practice to prevent unnecessary time delays and cost blow-outs on major infrastructure projects (04 March 2013). More...

Sunland's unveils $700 million of mainly SE Queensland residential projects
Property development group Sunland will build $700 million worth of new residential projects across Australia this year with more than half of those in south east Queensland, with five projects in south east Queensland (07 March 2013). More...

Construction of Santos gas pipeline to start in coming months
Santos has commenced preparations for tunneling under Gladstone Harbour with the arrival of a 277 tonne tunneling machine. The construction of the tunnel beneath Gladstone Harbour is for the Santos GLNG gas pipeline to Curtis Island (04 March 2013). More...

Land released for exploration
The Queensland government is planning to release three new areas of greenfield land in the northwest of the state for mineral exploration, creating potential jobs in the region (01 March 2013). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Dec 2012
Author: Australian Bureau of Statistics: 04 March 2013
The trend estimate for total mineral exploration expenditure fell 10.2% (or -$89.3m) to $790.2m in the December quarter 2012. The seasonally adjusted estimate for mineral exploration expenditure fell 6.7% to $788.4m. The largest contributor to the fall this quarter was Queensland (down 8.9% or -$17.5m). In original terms, mineral exploration expenditure fell 7.9% (or -$70.8m) to $823.9m. More...

ABS Building Approvals January 2013
Author: Australian Bureau of Statistics: 04 March 2013
The trend estimate for total dwellings approved rose 1.1% in January and has risen for 12 months; and the seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 2.4% in January and has fallen for two. More...

In practice and courts

Sustainable Home Registry
The registry will track, list and report the number of new homes being designed and built in Australia that are rated 7+ stars in thermal efficiency as well as being constructed with sustainable building materials and utilising energy and water savings. To find out more and to submit a design to the Registry (March 2013). More...

Reminder: National Construction Code Seminars 2013
The ABCB is hosting nationwide seminars on the 2013 National Construction Code from 11 February - 27 March 2013. More...

Australian Building Regulation Bulletin (ABRB) 2013
Inside this edition you will find articles on: the main changes for NCC 2013; a new Flood Standard for the NCC; window barriers - a child safety initiative; transfer of the WaterMark Certification Scheme; a national project to redevelop the building surveying qualifications framework. More...

QLD: BSA Complaints Unit
The new complaints unit for process and staff conduct issues will be operational from 04 March 2013. Complaints can be directed to


Williams v Concreting Services [2013] NSWSC 85
BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION - building contracts - adjudication - interlocutory injunction - whether payment into court of adjudicated amount should be ordered Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW). More...

Owners Corp SP 73037 v Distinguished Homes Pty Ltd (Home Building) [2013] NSWCTTT 37
Application for damages consequent upon the Respondent's alleged breach of statutory warranty under s 18B of the Home Building Act 1989. Ex-parte hearing
The respondent, Distinguished Homes Pty Limited (Administrators appointed) is ordered to pay the Owners Corporation Strata Plan 73037 the sum of $500,000.00 immediately. More...

Logan City Demolitions Pty Ltd v PBV Pty Ltd [2013] QSC 038
CORPORATIONS – WINDING UP – WINDING UP IN INSOLVENCY – STATUTORY DEMAND – APPLICATION TO SET ASIDE DEMAND – GENUINE DISPUTE AS TO INDEBTEDNESS – ASSESSING GENUINENESS – GENERALLY – where the applicant applied to set aside a statutory demand pursuant to s 459G, 459H and 459J of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) – where the respondent was well aware that the demand was disputed and was the subject of an order by QCAT which provided that the applicant in those proceedings and all associated entities were relieved of any obligation for payment of the invoice which was said to form the basis of the statutory demand – where the respondent changed the name on the invoice and addressed it to the applicant – whether the application to set aside the statutory demand should be allowed – whether indemnity costs should be awarded. More...

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