In the media

ARENA: Calculating the prospects of solar thermal
The Resources and Energy Minister has launched new online tools supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency that will help researchers, developers and financiers assess the commercial prospects of Concentrating Solar Thermal power projects in Australia  (25 July 2013).  More...

Handful of National Buildplan projects back on track
National Buildplan in Administration will complete work on two projects in the New England area under strict supervision and monitoring (23 July 2013).  More...

Builders pin hopes on health sector
The billion-dollar healthcare sector will be the next big source of work for the nation's troubled building industry, as mining softens and the ageing population demands higher living standards  (20 July 2013).  More...

Infrastructure spotlight: firms hold sway in infrastructure investment industry
The top 10 infrastructure fund managers by capital raised in the last 10 years accounted for 45% of the total raised by closed-ended infrastructure funds in the last decade, according to alternatives researcher Preqin (18 July 2013).  More...

Challenge Ahead for New Home Building: HIA
The HIA Chief Economists says the latest ABS housing data includes crucial information regarding dwelling commencements, with the update coming in largely as expected. Dwelling commencements fell in the March 2013 quarter and the ABS’s upward revisions to the 2009 - 2012 period are significant (17 July 2013).  More...

Taralga wind farm project gains momentum
Vestas Australian Wind Technology has awarded a contract for some of the civil and electrical infrastructure works on the Taralga Wind Farm in NSW to Downer EDI. Which completed will supply power to approximately 45,000 homes through a 10-year power purchase agreement with Energy Australia (19 July 2013).  More...

NSW farmers want mining and CSG to be subject to triple bottom line test
Farmers today agreed unanimously that the granting of mining and coal seam gas licences should be subject to a triple bottom line test. Farmers also agreed that land owners’ time should be payable as compensable loss in negotiating access agreements for mining and CSG activity (17 July 2013).  More...

ABS: NSW leads the way in housing construction
According to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of new houses built in NSW in the last 12 months is the highest in eight years and NSW leads the way on increasing new housing (17 July 2013).  More...

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) finances two wind farms
The Australian Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) started operations on 1 July and has announced financing for two major wind farms - the A$1 billion Macarthur Wind Farm in Victoria and 37.5 million in senior debt finance to help build the $280 million Taralga Wind Farm in NSW (16 July 2013).  More...

Construction commences on Woleebee Creek to Glebe Weir Pipeline project
SunWater was working with QGC to deliver a 120km pipeline to transport treated CSG water from its water treatment plant at Woleebee Creek to the Glebe Weir. The Pipeline project is just the second of its kind in Queensland and will deliver a practical solution to transport the treated CSG water to an existing water supply scheme  (16 July 2013).  More...

Coalition Government launches East West Link tender process
Minister for Roads Terry Mulder and Acting Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips have called for Expressions of Interest to build the largest infrastructure project in Victoria’s history, Stage One of the East West Link (18 July 2013).  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Building Activity Australia, March 2013
Author Australian Bureau of Statistics
The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building work done fell 1.8% to $20,162.5m in the March quarter. The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of new residential building work done fell 0.6% to $10,275.0m. Work done on new houses fell 1.1% to $6,506.0m, while new other residential building rose 0.1% to $3,769.0m. The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of non-residential building work done in the quarter fell 2.4% (17 July 2013).   More...

In practice and courts

ABCB: Comment on Condensation Handbook
The Australian Building Codes Board has released for comment a draft of the proposed second edition handbook "Condensation In Buildings".  Public comment closes 2nd September 2013.  More... Comments can be forwarded through the AIBS technical committee (23 July 2013).  More...

ABCB: Building Control Supply Chain Practitioner Survey
The Australian Building Codes Board, in partnership with the Australian Construction Industry Forum, seeks the feedback of industry about where the ‘Building Control’ Supply Chain could be enhanced (18 July 2013).  More...

VIC: Concept plan for East West Link:  expressions of interest (EOI)
The Victorian Government is currently calling for expressions of interest (EOI) for Stage One of the East West Link, following on the release of the project’s corridor reference design earlier this week (18 July 2013).  More...


Tyrrell & Anor v McNab Constructions Pty Ltd & Ors [2013] QDC 165
TORTS- Negligence- Pure economic loss- whether the test for the duty of care is proximity or vulnerability

PRACTICE and PROCEDURE- whether the Statement of Claim sufficiently pleads facts giving rise to the duty of care.  More...

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