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Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

06 May 2020

#Construction & Infrastructure

Inside track: Construction & Infrastructure

In the media

RICS: Ensuring construction site safety and project continuity during COVID-19
Construction projects across the world have been significantly affected by COVID-19. As management of the pandemic continues to evolve, many project leaders are no longer focused on potentially closing sites, but rather the measures required to allow sites to remain open and continue work (01 May 2020).  More...

Australian engineers develop solar panel windows
Engineers in Australia have developed a solar cell that can be incorporated into window glass, representing a game-changer for multi-storey building design and electricity generation (30 April 2020).  More...

Making infrastructure sustainable offers a bigger bang for our buck
Infrastructure’s social licence to operate is in jeopardy thanks to the community’s construction fatigue and sheer opposition, with around $20 billion worth of infrastructure projects delayed, cancelled or mothballed over the past decade. Making these projects certified under a sustainability rating scheme could turn the tide (30 April 2020).  More...

Building industry job losses show further government stimulus needed
The 5.3 per cent fall in the number of building and construction industry jobs in the last six weeks revealed in data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is ‘alarming and reinforces the need for immediate government stimulus measures’ says CEO of Master Builders Australia (MBA) (29 April 2020).  More...

Building to bounce back
The GBCA has released Building to Bounce Back, a policy paper that outlines how governments can maximise the record-breaking infrastructure investment ahead. As the business cases roll in, we need governments to take a broad view of the assets, and to select projects that are resilient to climate change impacts (29 April 2020).  More...

Fast-tracked planning for the coronavirus recovery: Can triage help?
Fast-tracked planning approvals could accelerate the low carbon transition, fix social problems and boost the economy at the same time. Western Australia and New South Wales are using State Emergency powers to accelerate planning decisions and to extend planning permissions already granted but not yet started due to the lockdown (27 April 2020).  More...

Construction sector key to future job and economic growth
The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government are continuing to work closely with the construction sector during this unprecedented pandemic to ensure longevity and job creation throughout and on the other side of COVID-19 (24 April 2020). More...

'We are in a war': Why the construction industry is too big to fail
While travel, tourism and hospitality have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic, construction continues as the industry is deemed too important to the economy to be shutdown. But measures such as social distancing and staggered shifts and break times have increased costs and lowered productivity as companies seek to keep projects on schedule (20 April 2020).  More...

New South Wales

Accelerated planning projects to deliver jobs and boost the economy
Thousands of new homes, new industrial complexes and six schools are among the first wave of projects that will have their assessments fast-tracked to boost the State’s economy and create opportunities for thousands of new jobs in response to the COVID-19 crisis (28 April 2020).  More...

$395m economic stimulus package to safeguard council jobs, services and infrastructure
The New South Wales Government has announced a $395 million economic stimulus package to safeguard council jobs, and local services and infrastructure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic (26 April 2020).  More...

Queensland

Practical completion milestone for Brisbane’s new runway is achieved
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) and Skyway, a joint venture between BMD Constructions Pty Ltd and CPB Contractors Pty Ltd, achieve practical completion of Brisbane’s new runway. With practical completion now achieved, the detailed commissioning process for the new runway will continue as part of the wider Operational Readiness and Testing (ORAT) programme (30 April 2020).  More...

Infrastructure to drive Queensland forward
Minister for Infrastructure Cameron Dick has confirmed it was full steam ahead for the Queensland Government’s infrastructure program, despite COVID-19 (30 April 2020).  More...

First Look: Queen’s Wharf Brisbane River Park
A suspended concrete platform will support a new 6,500sq m park on Brisbane River as part of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development by the privately-owned Destination Brisbane Consortium (29 April 2020) More...

Victoria

VBA hosts Rapid Industry Guidance service to keep industry safe and open
Keeping Victoria’s building and construction industry safe and open during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is now even easier, with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) hosting a dedicated call centre providing rapid guidance and information on occupational health and safety matters (29 April 2020).  More...

Victoria green lights mega projects to boost economy
Approvals for four major projects, including the country's tallest residential tower, has been fast-tracked in Melbourne following the formation of a high-level planning taskforce (24 April 2020).  More...

New taskforce to bolster building and development industry
Planning Minister Richard Wynne and Treasurer Tim Pallas will oversee the Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce, which will investigate planning and investment opportunities to boost Victoria’s building and development industry over the short, medium and long term (24 April 2020).  More...

Cases

Diona Pty Ltd v Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 480
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION – adjudication determination under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) – whether determination void – whether jurisdictional error – whether Adjudicator failed to consider the contract

Morrison v Moss (No. 3) [2020] NSWDC 136
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION – referral of question of rectification costs for defective works to referee – whether referee’s approach should be wholly or partly adopted – whether a conclusion by referee contrary to evidence

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