Australia: Property & Projects – What's News - 16 September 2013

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In the media – National

GBCA announces green star to adopt life cycle assessment
The Green Building Council of Australia has announced new credits available for life cycle assessment as part of its Green Star 2014 program. Up to eight points can be claimed under the updated Innovation category, with the maximum points in the category being raised from five to 10 (28 August 2013). More...

New legislation for alternatives for accessibility
Since the introduction of the Disability (Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards 2010, the property industry has been awash with misinformation about how existing property assets must be upgraded to comply with the new legislation (31 August 2013). More...

In the media – Victoria

Multiple initiatives, not multi-billion dollar initiatives, the key to a smart, sustainable built environment
The Victorian Government's commitment of $3.59 million to improve the energy efficiency of Victoria's commercial office buildings has been welcomed by the GBCA. The program will provide matched grant funding of $20,000 to $150,000 to owners of mid-tier commercial office buildings that invest in energy efficiency upgrades (26 August 2013). More...

In the media – New South Wales

Government changes planning rules for smaller houses and land in Sydney
The Urban Taskforce say the NSW Government proposals to change planning rules to allow smaller lot sizes, studios and townhouses in Growth Centres will help housing affordability in Sydney. The new Dwelling Density Guide issued by the government demonstrates many examples of successful designs of smaller homes (29 August 2013). More...

In the media – Queensland

RP August data: Brisbane leads as Melbourne and Perth record weakest
Brisbane dwelling prices bounced back 1.5% over the month of August, according to RP Data. The median dwelling price in Brisbane is currently at $429,000 – up 1.7% for the quarter and 2.5% for the year (02 September 2013). More...

Port housing plan tipped to boost Bundaberg population
The Bundaberg council says a new multi-million-dollar housing precinct at the city's port in southern Queensland will be built on flood-proof land (06 September 2013). More...

Port of Bundaberg Master Plan underway
A plan to develop the Port of Bundaberg will finally go ahead under the LNP, four years after it was first announced in 2009, with the Gladstone Ports Corporation, approving the Master Plan, which sets the development in motion (05 September 2013). More...

Livestock dominates Queensland land use, but residential land is worth more
The first land account for Queensland has found that livestock grazing is the largest use of the state's land, using 102 million hectares or 59 percent of the state, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (28 August 2013). More...

Queensland liquor red tape slashed
The Newman Government continues to deliver on its commitment to slash red tape with a range of liquor licensing reforms approved by Cabinet. Queensland's restaurants, cafes and small community clubs as licensed venues will no longer require an approved manager to be on site if they don't operate past midnight (27 August 2013). More...

Published - articles, papers, reports – National

Benefits of high-speed broadband for Australian households
Author: Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE)
This report examines the benefits to households of high speed broadband in 2020 when the use of digital tools will be widespread across the economy (04 September 2013). More...

From Disaster to Renewal
Author: Regional Australia Institute (RAI)
The report which draws on case studies of four towns still recovering from flooding, cyclones and bushfires up to five years down the track, reveals there is inadequate planning for many of the short and long-term disaster effects (August 2013). More...

In practice and courts – Queensland

Announcements, Draft Policies and Plans released 2013

Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2013
The new City Centre Master Plan 2013 sets out how Council will guide the future economy, cultural and transport systems of Brisbane's CBD over the next 20 years. The Master Plan will set new directions for architecture and public spaces in the city centre (02 September 2013). More...

Cases – Victoria

Wedgewood Road Hallam No 1 v Diamond [2013] VSC 447
TRADE AND COMMERCE – contract for sale of lot 9 in proposed plan of subdivision of land – seller made oral pre-contractual promise that level of lot would be very close to buyer's adjoining land – formal contract conferred power on seller to amend plan of subdivision, subject to notice to buyers and their right to rescind – among other things, level of lots on plan amended on notice to all buyers – buyer of lot 9 did not exercise right to rescind – that buyer failed to settle contract and pay balance of purchase price – whether seller entitled to rescind contract and obtain damages for breach – whether buyer induced by promise to enter contract– whether mere non-performance of pre-contractual promise can constitute misleading or deceptive conduct – whether seller intended to perform promise and had reasonable grounds for making it – whether seller's conduct misleading or deceptive in totality of circumstances – 'misleading or deceptive' – Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) s 52, Fair Trading Act 1999 (Vic) s 9. More...

Putt & Anor v Perfect Builders Pty Ltd [2013] VSC 442
VENDOR AND PURCHASER – Sale of land – Summary procedure under s 49 Property Law Act 1958 – Contract for sale of apartment conditional on loan of specified amount being obtained from designated lender – Right to terminate contract conditional on purchasers' immediate application for loan – Right to terminate conditional upon purchasers doing everything reasonably required to obtain loan approval – No evidence of circumstances justifying return of deposit in exercise of discretion under s 49(2) Property Law Act 1958. More...

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