Australia: Property & Projects - What's News - 5 July 2013

Last Updated: 15 July 2013
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In the media – National

Delivering the next generation of Green Star rating tools
A new report claims green star-rated buildings emit around a third of the greenhouse gas emissions and use a third of the electricity when compared with the average Australian building, and also use half the water of buildings that simply meet minimum industry requirements (20 June 2013). More...

EPBC Act amendment gets through and science the winner
The Senate has passed the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act amendment bill known as the "water trigger amendment", which now means the Commonwealth has legal authority for ensuring water systems are not impacted by major coal seam gas and coal mining projects (24 June 2013). More...

In the media – Victoria

A new era in planning policy commences on 1 July
A new era in Victorian planning policy and building industry regulation will commence this Monday 1 July, with the introduction of Victoria's Reformed Residential Planning Zones and the commencement of operation of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) (28 June 2013). More...

EPA cleanup powers and cost recovery under the Environment Protection Act
The Environment Protection Act contains a range of principles and powers dealing with the cleaning up of polluted or contaminated sites in Victoria. This document details the parties that EPA may pursue to recover the costs of any cleanup it conducts (26 June 2013). More...

In the media – Queensland

UNESCO wants more info about Queensland ports
An advisor to the World Heritage Committee says it wants more information from Australian authorities about plans to expand ports along the Great Barrier Reef (25 June 2013). More...

New plan promises farmland protection
The Queensland Government says towns and prime agricultural land will be protected as part of a new regional plan for the Darling Downs (28 June 2013). More...

McArdle warns council to fix Lenthalls Dam floodgates
Queensland's Water Minister says the Fraser Coast Regional Council cannot keep avoiding responsibility for failed floodgates at Lenthalls Dam, south-west of Hervey Bay (27 June 2013). More...

Commonwealth Games Village shortlist announced
Three developers have been shortlisted to build the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Village. The site was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) on 1 February 2013, to fast-track the development (27 June 2013). More...

Ecotourism to open up Queensland national parks
The Newman Government is set to make Queensland the number one nature-based tourism destination in Australia, with another step towards making national parks more accessible to the public now underway (27 June 2013). More...

Townsville economic blueprint set for take-off
A new five-year economic plan for Townsville will focus on the expansion of the city's airport. The plan, which will be released today, will also outline ways to attract aviation service companies to north Queensland (25 June 2013). More...

Brisbane's sustainable airport set to take off
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has registered its Property Development Master Plan to achieve a Green Star – Communities PILOT rating. The Plan will be assessed against best practice benchmarks for liveability, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, design excellence, governance and innovation (24 June 2013). More...

Public comment sought for Brisbane precinct redevelopment
An online survey has been launched for community feedback on how the Brisbane Government Precinct can be redeveloped. Private sector investment is required to revitalise the areas through a mix of new uses which could include retail, quality hotels, cultural activities, entertainment and convention facilities (19 June 2013). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports – National

The Value of Green Star: A decade of environmental benefits
Author: Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)
Analyses the data from 428 Green Star-certified projects occupying 5,746,000 million square metres across Australia and compares it to the 'average' Australian building and minimum practice benchmarks (June 2013). More...

Getting gas right: Australia's energy challenge
Author: Tony Wood, Lucy Carter; Grattan Institute
The report examines the creation of an east coast gas export market – which will join with Western Australian exports to produce an estimated $50 billion-a-year industry by 2017 — and Australia's role in a gas revolution created by surging demand in Asia and new discoveries of shale gas in the United States (16 June 2013). More...

In practice and courts – Queensland

Qld Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Fees will increase for land title, land valuation, land acquisition, building, mining ,surveying, foreign land-use, water, vegetation searches from 01 July 2013 (28 June 2013). More...

Brisbane Government Precinct online survey
The Queensland Government has launched an online survey for community feedback on how the Brisbane Government Precinct can be redeveloped, which is open until 2 September 2013. For details on community events, community reference group and access the online survey visit (19 June 2013).

In practice and courts – Victoria

Fire Services Property Levy - Rates from 01 July 2013
From 1 July 2013, the Victorian Government replaces the existing insurance-based fire services levy with a property - based levy. The Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL) will be based on a fixed charge of $100 for residential properties or $200 for non-residential properties, plus a variable cost calculated on the property's capital improved value (CIV) (30 June 2013). More...

Cases – Victoria

Singh v Adventure Tourism Pty Ltd (Retail Tenancies) [2013] VCAT 934
Retail lease – re-entry – preliminary ruling requested by parties as to validity of re-entry - s.146 Property Law Act – notice required before re-entry – service required – "last known address" – meaning – no sufficient evidence of service of notice before re-entry – entry contrary to s.146(1) – unlawful. More...

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