Australia: Property & Projects - What's News - 15 March 2013

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In the media – National

Government to expand NRAS scheme with aim of 50,000 homes by 2015
The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is set to expand with the federal, state and territory government planning to issue another 10,000 incentives worth around $40 billion to developers under the scheme (07 March 2013) More...

UDIA releases National Land Supply Report
The Urban Development Institute of Australia has today released the annual UDIA State of the Land Report which provides the most comprehensive annual assessment of land supply in Australia's capital cities (05 March 2013) More...

In the media – Victoria

Council opposes plan for tallest building
The City of Melbourne is opposing plans for the construction of the tallest building in the southern hemisphere (07 March 2013) More...

Reformed residential zones bringing new certainty to Melbourne's neighbourhoods
Sweeping reforms of residential planning zones are one step closer as Planning Minister announces the Victorian Government's final details on the reform of Victoria's residential planning zones. A key feature will be the new Neighbourhood Residential Zone which will be the strictest planning zone in Australia (05 March 2013) More...

In the media – New South Wales

Government to expand NRAS scheme with aim of 50,000 homes by 2015
The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is set to expand with the federal, state and territory government planning to issue another 10,000 incentives worth around $40 billion to developers under the scheme (07 March 2013) More...

In the media – Queensland

Government to expand NRAS scheme with aim of 50,000 homes by 2015
The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is set to expand with the federal, state and territory government planning to issue another 10,000 incentives worth around $40 billion to developers under the scheme (07 March 2013) More...

Flooding prompts Bundaberg building change
The Bundaberg Regional Council has finalised a new building policy for areas in the southern Queensland city inundated during the Australia Day weekend floods (07 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...

State landholders to benefit from conversion of CSG wells
The Government is proposing reforms that will allow unused petroleum wells to be converted into water bores for use by farmers and graziers. Proposed amendments introduced into the Queensland Parliament this week could represent significant benefits and cost savings for landholders (06 March 2013) More...

Broadwater Marine Project enters next phase
The proposed multi-billion dollar Gold Coast Broadwater Marine Project has entered the next stage with four consortia short-listed to provide their detailed proposals (05 March 2013) More...

More council cost hikes tipped for Queensland
Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President has urged Queensland councils to factor in how a potential 3.3 per cent rise in council costs will hit them when they decide how they set their rates during the 2013-14 financial year. The cost hikes were revealed through the Council Cost Index (04 March 2013) More...

First home buyers off to a great start
The Great Start Grant, formerly known as the First Home Owners Construction Grant, is on offer to first home buyers to build new homes and for new houses, townhouses, apartments and units, including substantial renovations, off-the-plan properties and owner-builder projects valued at under $750,000 (03 March 2013) More...

Proposed Great Keppel Island eco-tourism resort project approved
A $600 million resort development proposed for Great Keppel Island has been given the green light by the Queensland Coordinator-General. The Great Keppel Island proposal is for a hotel, eco-resort villas and apartments, and a marina and golf course (02 March 2013) More...

Queensland government slashes green tape
Amendments to the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 will mean that, from 31 March, more than 9,400 small business operators will no longer need to apply for a licence or pay an application fee, and no longer need to submit an annual return (28 February 2013) More...

Published – articles, papers, reports – National

Property Outlook 2013
Author: Colliers International
According to the Colliers International 2013 Property Outlook, during 2012 Chinese investors made some notable acquisitions, including Cubbie Station, the largest privately owned irrigation property in the southern hemisphere (February 2013) Property Outlook 2013

Published – articles, papers, reports – Queensland

Directors' liability and the environment — business as usual
Author: Breellen Warry; Keeping Good Companies, 06 March 2013
Uniform state and territory amendments under way to streamline and harmonise director liability legislation but the regime for liability, in relation to environmental offences, will remain largely unaffected. Important to ensure that directors, and other officers, have evidence to support a defence if required and that systems and procedures are in place to manage environmental risk and compliance More...

In practice and courts – Victoria

Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Act
The Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Act 2013 which was gazetted on 19 February includes an extensive list of changes to the Planning and Environment Act. The amendments aim to reduce the administrative burden, simplify planning processes and provide for speedier decision making. It is anticipated that all provisions will be operational by October 2013. Key changes are listed here (28 February 2013)

Victorian retail leasing: proposed Retail Leases Regulations 2013 — submissions invited
Submissions from interested parties on the proposed Retail Leases Regulations 2013 and regulatory impact statement are open until 25 March 2013 More...

Standardised development contributions levies
Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced the first stage of development contributions reform by releasing a proposed framework for standardised development contributions levies. Submissions on the Standard Development Contributions Advisory Committee's first report 'Report 1 - Setting the Framework' close 12 March 2013.

In practice and courts – Queensland

City of Brisbane Act 2013 - Section 32 - Notice of Making the Administrative Arrangements
Amending Local Law 2013 for the City of Brisbane

Brisbane City Council has by resolution on 19 February 2013 made a local law entitled the Administrative Arrangements Amending Local Law 2013 The local law has amended and repealed many chapters More...

Cases – Victoria

Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd v Wyndham CC (including Summary) (Red Dot) [2013] VCAT 158
Attempt by council to charge satisfaction fee to assess plans under section 173 agreement
LAW – issue of interpretation or application
Plans required to be to the satisfaction of the council under a section 173 agreement – Interpretation of section 173 agreement – Is the cost of achieving satisfaction inherent in the obligation to achieve satisfaction? – Is there an implied agreement to pay the costs of the council's satisfaction?
LEGISLATION – interpretation or application of statutory provision
Does section 3F Local Government Act 1989 permit the charging of a satisfaction fee by the council? More...

Legislation – Victoria

Bills Introduced and Second Read in the first House

Planning and Environment Amendment (Growth Areas Authority and Miscellaneous) Bill 2013
A Bill for an Act to amend the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to enable growth areas to be declared anywhere in Victoria, to expand the functions of the Growth Areas Authority and to make other amendments to improve the operation of that Act and for other purposes. 6/03/2013 LA: Second Reading Moved 5/03/2013 LA: First Reading.

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