In the media – National

Australia’s Biggest Commercial Construction Companies Unveiled
The main construction contractor within the CIMIC (formerly Leighton) Group has emerged as the nation’s most active civil and commercial construction company, according to a league table which ranks the nation’s biggest construction companies by the dollar value of new projects won within the local market (26 September 2016).  More...

Value capture is not a magic pudding
The growing interest in all levels of government in Australia in the concept of value capture has raised concerns in the property development industry. Value capture is not a magic pudding that will fund all infrastructure says the Urban Taskforce (23 September 2016).  More...

Federal Smart Cities and Suburbs Program
The Australian Government is establishing a competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program worth $50 million. The Program will support local governments to fast-track innovative technology solutions that improve long-standing urban problems (21 September 2016).  More...

Apartment builders face ‘sharp correction’
Apartment construction firms will continue to benefit from migration and population growth, but a “sharp correction” in revenue is looming this year as excess stock is sold off, according to IBISWorld. The market research firm says 57 construction companies make its top 500 private companies list for 2016 (20 September 2016).  More...

Analysis: Why we should worry about China's cooling infrastructure spending
Investment in infrastructure and property is the figure sweated on by resources exporters such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Minerals Group (13 September 2016).  More...

In the media – Victoria

Work on fully-funded Metro Tunnel begins
Work on the Metro Tunnel – the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history – has begun. The works are part of the Metro Tunnel early works contract – the first package of works on the project – which was awarded to John Holland in June (26 September 2016).  More...

Giving the power back to the community
Victorians are invited to have their say on the future of community renewable energy projects, with the launch of the Community Renewable Energy Projects Discussion Paper by the Victorian Government (14 September 2016).  More...

In the media – New South Wales

Building construction laws to get tougher
New South Wales apartment blocks will be required to undergo annual fire safety checks under a proposed overhaul of the laws governing how buildings are certified. The move follows a review of the legislation that was highly critical of the way commercial and apartment buildings are certified and accredited as fire safe (21 September 2016).  More...

Environmental Impact Statement for Western Sydney Airport released
The Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been finalised. The EIS is an important milestone towards a Western Sydney Airport commencing operations in mid-2020, a critical project which will provide jobs and growth for Western Sydney and ensure long-term aviation needs are met (15 September 2016).  More...

In the media – Queensland

Queensland infrastructure study prompts disagreement among construction bodies
Two construction bodies are disagreeing on the health of Queensland's major projects, after co-commissioning a report on activity in the sector (22 September 2016).  

Concern West End development call-in won't alter plan much
Fears Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will not make significant changes to a controversial $800 million Brisbane development despite seizing planning control from the Council (16 September 2016).  

$44 million investment in housing maintenance supports local jobs
Local businesses and tradies across the state will benefit from an anticipated $44 million investment in maintaining and upgrading public housing (15 September 2016).


GBCA Green Star News – September 2016
A new, more efficient Green Star registration process on the horizon; Green Star – Communities v1.1 has been released.  More...

An efficient and responsive housing market for sustainable urban growth and social inclusion
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute: 21 September 2016 Nicole Gurran et al
This report examined the notion of an efficient housing market and identified key indicators of housing system efficiency, responsiveness, and risk.  More...

Practice and courts

Australian Greenhouse Construction Code
Hort Innovation has recently engaged Osborn Consulting Engineers to ‘develop technical guidelines based on the findings of VG13055 – Building Codes and Greenhouse Construction for inclusion in the National Construction Code’ (22 September 2016).  More...

Announcements, Draft Policies and Plans released 2016

Strengthening Certification in New South Wales
The NSW Government has released the final report of the statutory review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 conducted by Michael Lambert and the detailed Government Response to the review (21 September 2016).  More...


McCann, in the matter of Walton Construction (Qld) Pty Ltd (In Liq) v QHT Investments Pty Ltd [2016] FCA 1092
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – application for freezing order – whether danger that a prospective judgment will be unsatisfied. Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ss 451C and 588FF(1); Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) rr 7.32 and 7.35(1).

Murphy v Barfield [2016] QDC 231
DEFAMATION – Application for interlocutory injunction to restrain further publication of allegedly defamatory material - building company.

Fitzroy Shopfitting and Building Pty Ltd v. Solene Investments Pty Ltd [2016] VCC 1352
Building contract – Adjudication completed under Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) – Cheque for much lesser amount sent by defendant to plaintiff – Accompanied by letter stating that presentation of cheque will be deemed acceptance in full and final payment – Whether accord and satisfaction – Whether purported settlement agreement breached section 48 by having “the effect of excluding, modifying or restricting the operation” of the Act.  




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