Australia

Dwelling approvals rise 3.1 per cent in February 2013

FOLLOWING two consecutive months of falls, the number of dwellings approved in February 2013 increased by 3.1 per cent, in seasonally adjusted terms, according to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) last week.

Dwelling approvals increased for the month of February in South Australia (23.0 per cent), Western Australia (5.3 per cent), Queensland (3.8 per cent) and Victoria (0.3 per cent) but decreased in New South Wales (-7.7 per cent) and Tasmania (-5.8 per cent), in seasonally adjusted terms.

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Planning excellence celebrated at PIA National Congress

A TWENTY year vision for the Gold Coast, a new plan for the Bendigo CBD and the conversion of a former industrial facility in Sydney into a community precinct have taken out top awards at the 2013 Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Planning Excellence.

The national awards ceremony, held as part of the 2013 PIA National Congress in Canberra this week, showcased a range of unique and innovative planning projects that had previously received recognition at state and territory levels.

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Moving Australia 2030 report released

A NATIONAL taskforce of eight key transport, planning, local government and health industry bodies has outlined a set of recommendations to government and policy makers for delivering a world-class transport system for Australia by 2030.

The Moving People 2030 Taskforce report, 'Moving Australia 2030: A Transport Plan for a Productive and Active Australia', was last week launched by Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese.

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UDIA 2013 National Awards for Excellence winners announced

THE peak body representing the property development industry throughout Australia, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), last week announced the winners of the 2013 UDIA National Awards for Excellence.

The award ceremony, held last Thursday at Melbourne's Crown Entertainment Complex, celebrated the skills and innovation of the urban development industry and the achievements of high quality urban development sites throughout Australia.

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Committee recommends local government referendum at 2013 Federal Election

A COMMITTEE tasked with investigating the likelihood of Australians supporting a referendum to recognise local government in the Constitution has recommended that the referendum takes place at this year's Federal Election.

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government released its final report this week month, which stated that there are four strong arguments in favour of financial recognition of local government in the Constitution and recommended a 2013 referendum.

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Adelaide retains crown as Australia's 'most liveable city' in Property Council survey

ADELAIDE has been rated Australia's most liveable city for the third consecutive year, according to a national poll commissioned by the Property Council of Australia that asked nearly 6,000 residents to assess their city based on a number of attributes.

However, the Property Council said that while cities are vital to the prosperity of the Australia, "they barely achieve a pass mark" on liveability in the survey, with top-ranking city, Adelaide, receiving a score of 63.6.

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National Housing Supply Council releases Housing Supply and Issues Report for 2012-13

THE National Housing Supply Council this month released its Housing Supply and Issues Report for 2012-13, which covers a number of topics including housing stock and tenure, housing occupancy, policy developments and the effects of migration and an ageing population.

The report also examines how the residential development and construction industry is responding to the fall in demand associated with high house and land prices and reviews changing arrangements for planning, development approval and infrastructure provision across States and Territories.

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Dwelling approvals fall 2.4 per cent in January 2013

DWELLING approvals have fallen for the second consecutive month, with new figures showing the number of dwellings approved in January 2013 fell by a seasonally adjusted 2.4 per cent, following a revised fall of 1.7 per cent in December 2012, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Dwelling approvals decreased in January in Queensland (-5.8 per cent), South Australia (-3.2 per cent), Victoria (-2.6 per cent) and New South Wales (-1.3 per cent) but increased in Tasmania (13.9 per cent) and Western Australia (3.1 per cent), in seasonally adjusted terms.

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Alliance calls for Federal Government investment in growth areas

THE National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), a group of 25 councils representing some of Australia's fastest-growing areas, has called on the Federal Government to invest in a number of measures to improve urban growth management, improve access to jobs and provide community infrastructure.

In its submission to the 2013-14 Federal Budget at the end of last month, the NGAA said the "status quo will mean planning for social disadvantage and additional strain on the public purse," with research indicating that an additional 1 million jobs will be needed in growth area areas by 2026.

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ALDI to enter SA and WA markets

ALDI Australia last week announced that it has made the decision to enter into both the South Australian and West Australian markets, with plans to open a total of between 90 and 110 stores across both states.

The German low-cost supermarket chain first opened in Australia in 2001 and currently, its footprint is limited to the eastern seaboard of Australia, with more than 270 stores and five distribution centres in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.

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Bus Industry Confederation releases latest 'Moving People' report

THE Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) has released its latest report to promote discussion about how Australia should shape its future land transport policy, with a focus on land use and transport integration, funding future infrastructure needs and social exclusion associated with transport disadvantage.

The report, titled 'Moving People: Solutions for a Liveable Australia', was prepared in association with the International Association of Public Transport (Australia/New Zealand) and authored by Professor John Stanley at the University of Sydney.

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Dwelling approvals fall 4.4 per cent in December 2012

THE number of dwellings approved fell 4.4 per cent in December 2012, in seasonally adjusted terms, following an upwardly revised increase of 3.4 per cent in November, according to the latest data released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Dwelling approvals decreased in December in Tasmania (-21.8 per cent), Victoria (-12.3 per cent) and New South Wales (-1.3 per cent) but increased Queensland (7.9 per cent), South Australia (1.7 per cent) and Western Australia (1.3 per cent), in seasonally adjusted terms.

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Committee releases interim report on constitutional recognition of local government

THE Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government last week released its interim report on the proposal, timing and likely success of a referendum to amend Section 96 of the Australian Constitution to effect financial recognition of local government.

The interim report contains the Committee's major conclusions and recommendations about the majority finding of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government, with the final report expected in March.

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