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Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

16 June 2020

#Construction & Infrastructure

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

In the media

New home sales continued to contract in May
New home sales have fallen in each of the three months since the introduction ofCOVID-19 restrictions. This will flow through to a reduction in the volume of work on the ground in the second half of this year,” stated HIA’s Chief Economist (12 June 2020). More...

Australia ready to fast track commercial scale hydrogen
More than $3 billion of renewable hydrogen projects are vying for funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to build the first commercial scale hydrogen projects in the country (10 June 2020).  More...

Backing small regional businesses affected by COVID-19
The Australian Government has committed more than $4.7 million to provide small regional businesses affected by COVID-19 with access to free and confidential financial counselling under the Government’s $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund (10 June 2020).  More...

Guide offers construction industry a bridge to recovery
The Australian Construction Industry Forum’s (ACIF) recently released Construction’s Bridge to Recovery has a number of key recommendations to guide the construction industry out of the COVID-19 disruption period (08 June 2020).  More... 

New South Wales

Huge new jobs precinct unlocked in Western Sydney
Plans for a major industrial precinct on the doorstep of the new Western Sydney Airport have been approved today by the NSW Government, paving the way for a significant boost to jobs and investment in the region (11 June 2020).  More...

$3 billion boost creates $100 billion infrastructure and jobs pipeline in New South Wales
The New South Wales Government has announced a new $3 billion acceleration fund to go towards job-creating projects, increasing the government’s infrastructure pipeline to a guaranteed $100 billion. The new $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund will be used for smaller, shovel-ready projects touching every corner of the state (04 June 2020).  More...

Infrastructure funding flows for Homebush Bay drive
The inner west of Sydney will be given a $1.3 million infrastructure boost with the Australian Government unlocking funds toward planning for upgrades to Homebush Bay Drive (04 June 2020).  More...

New powers to prevent defective buildings entering the market
The New South Wales Building Commissioner will now have boosted powers to stop defective buildings being sold to consumers, thanks to the passing of the Residential Apartment Buildings Bill 2020. The Building Commissioner is now equipped with the power to prevent occupation certificates or strata plan registrations before defective buildings can enter the market (03 June 2020).  More...

New South Wales Government delivers building reforms to restore industry confidence
The New South Wales Government has passed the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019, putting consumers first by giving those entering the property market peace of mind that their home will be expertly designed and built in compliance with the Australian Building Codes (03 June 2020).  More...

Queensland

Green light given for Logan school revitalisation and expansion plans
Groves Christian College in Kingston will be home to a new state-of-the-art learning centre sooner after the Queensland Government moved to fast-track the new build through a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (12 June 2020).  More...

New billion-dollar coal mine proposed for the Bowen Basin
A $1.5 billion coal mining project in central Queensland’s Bowen Basin, which could provide up to 2350 jobs, is a step closer to being realised.(10 June 2020).  More...

Central Queensland jobs key to COVID-19 recovery
More than 1500 jobs will be supported by a $1.4 billion road building boom in Central Queensland being delivered by the Palaszczuk Government (10 June 2020).  More...

Queenslanders the big winners from royalty review
The Palaszczuk Government is aiming to create and support more jobs and industries under Queensland’s new gas royalty regime announced today (08 June 2020).  More...

South-East Queensland councils benefit from COVID Works for Queensland program
Communities across South-East Queensland will soon see the social, employment and economic benefits of the Palaszczuk Government’s $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program, with council allocations announced today (03 June 2020).  More...

Victoria

Winter construction blitz in full swing on Frankston line
The biggest level crossing removal blitz in the state’s history is in full swing on the Frankston Line, as works continue to remove three dangerous and congested level crossings and build two new train stations (09 June 2020).  More...

Deregistered builder hit with conviction, $30,000 fine for registration deception
A deregistered domestic builder with a history of dishonesty and deception has been convicted and fined $30,000 by the Frankston Magistrates’ Court for fraudulently obtaining a building permit and claiming to be a registered commercial builder (02 June 2020). More...

Cases

Queensland

Wagners Cement Pty Ltd & Anor v Boral Resources (Qld) Pty Ltd & Anor [2020] QSC 124
CONTRACTS – GENERAL CONTRACTUAL PRINCIPLES – CONSTRUCTION AND INTERPRETATION OF CONTRACTS – INTERPRETATION OF MISCELLANEOUS CONTRACTS AND OTHER MATTERS – where a cement supply agreement contained a contractual price adjustment mechanism triggered by the purchaser serving a notice containing market pricing evidence – where supplier could elect to supply at reduced price or suspend contract – where purchaser served notice containing an offer for supply at some future date – whether notice was a valid pricing notice – whether supplier waived irregularity of notice – whether supplier elected to suspend contract 

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