South Australia

SA Government holds industry briefing for $160m O-Bahn City Access project

WITH planning and preliminary design works already under way for Adelaide's $160 million O-Bahn City Access Project, the South Australian Government has held industry briefing to provide local firms and interested parties with information about the O-Bahn extension.

The O-Bahn, which is the most highly patronised public transport corridor in the metropolitan area with 8 million passenger trips per year, will be extended via a tunnel beneath Hackney Road, near Plane Tree Drive and under the busy North Terrace and Rundle Road intersections, providing better access to the cross-city priority bus lanes on Grenfell Street.

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Construction begins on Adelaide's tallest residential building

CONSTRUCTION has officially commenced on the new $100 million VUE on King William apartments, after a ground breaking ceremony was held early last week for what will be Adelaide's tallest residential building.

The 28-storey (85 metres) building will feature 205 apartments and is located on the corner of King William and Holland Streets. VUE received development approval in November last year and eighty-two per cent of the development has been sold since being taken to the market in May this year.

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First residents make themselves at home in Bowden

A MAJOR milestone in Bowden's $1 billion transformation from a former Clipsal factory into a vibrant neighbourhood on the fringe of Adelaide's CBD has been reached, with the first residents now moving in to their new homes.

While the Bowden urban renewal project will eventually provide more than 2,400 dwellings for approximately 3,500 residents over the next ten to 15 years, the buyers of more than 180 apartments and terraces already have the opportunity to make themselves at home in the suburb.

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Adelaide City Council expresses concern over independence of planning reform process

ADELAIDE City Council last week said recent comments by South Australian Planning Minister John Rau on council assessment bodies call into question the independence of the consultation supporting the independent review into planning reform.

As reported by News Limited last Monday, Mr Rau expressed "serious reservations about the capabilities of council assessment bodies in dealing consistently with complex planning and development matters."

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Agreement paves the way for new Parafield Station park-and-ride facility

THE development of an upgraded park-and-ride facility in Adelaide's north at Parafield Railway Station has moved a step closer after the South Australian Government last week confirmed it has reached an agreement with Parafield Airport Limited for a long-term lease of land to enable the upgrade to proceed.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said there is a need to provide more parking spaces for local commuters to encourage public transport use and address a shortage of commuter parking that has resulted in cars being parked on local streets in Mawson Lakes, Parafield and Salisbury.

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SA Government unveils reforms to support private sector development

SOUTH Australian Premier Jay Weatherill last week announced a package of reforms designed to support private sector development, simplify regulation and improve the public's access to government.

Department of Premier and Cabinet Chief Executive Jim Hallion will take on a new private sector development coordination role to assist lodged projects with an investment construction value of $3 million and greater and address.

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SA Expert Panel on Planning Reform releases second report

SOUTH Australia's Expert Panel on Planning Reform last week released its second report outlining 27 proposals that aim to create a planning system characterised by transparency, consistency, consultation and a strong connection to regional areas.

The report, 'Our Ideas for Reform', follows 12 months of research and consultation with stakeholders across the state and outlines and explains the Panel's reform proposals, which include the establishment of a state planning commission and the creation of a network of regional planning boards.

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SA Government releases Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Assessment Report

PUBLIC comment is being sought following the release last week of the Project Assessment Report for the Torrens Road to River Torrens upgrade of the North-South Corridor, along with changes to the original design made after initial public consultation.

South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said the report is a comprehensive document that explains the need for the project, describes the scope and summarises the environmental, social, economic and engineering assessments that have been done.

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Adelaide City Council endorses its 2014-15 Business Plan and Budget

ADELAIDE City Council last week endorsed its 2014-15 Business Plan and Budget, which Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said contains millions of dollars for projects and initiatives designed to enhance people's experience of the City and North Adelaide, as well as a range of community services and activities.

In 2014-15, the Council will invest $30 million in asset maintenance and renewals to upgrade local roads and footpaths, as well as lighting improvements. An additional $6 million is provided to complete the Rundle Mall upgrade project and there is also funding for a range of new projects and initiatives, including the next stage of the Park Lands Trail, the redesign of Bank Street and the Hindley Street West project.

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South Australian Government releases 2014-15 Budget

THE South Australian Government last week handed down its 2014-15 State Budget, which includes more than $10 billion over the next four years for major capital investment projects as well as plans to save more than $897 million over the same period in response to Federal Government cuts.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the rebuilding and expansion of South Australia's infrastructure would support about 4,700 jobs per year, adding that the state's major infrastructure projects will also make it a better place to invest and help secure its reputation as a great place to live.

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Construction begins on new $5m park as part of Playford Alive urban renewal project

SOUTH Australian Housing and Urban Development Minister John Rau last week announced that construction will commence this month on a new $5 million town park as part of the Playford Alive urban renewal project in Adelaide's north.

The 1.3-hectare town park, which will be located on the corner of Peachey Road and The Parkway at Munno Para, will feature two playgrounds, a waterplay area, skate park with plaza area, amphitheatre with stage, picnic facilities and a contemplative garden.

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SA Government announces Apartment Construction Cost Demonstration project

THE South Australian Government last week announced it is partnering with the private sector on an apartment building project at Woodville West that aims to find ways of lowering apartment construction costs.

The Apartment Construction Cost Demonstration project – the first of its kind in South Australia – will help developers explore alternative construction techniques and designs to reduce costs and increase affordability, with advice from representatives of the major industry bodies through an Industry Reference Group.

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Masters Home Improvement announces plans to build 11 stores in SA

THE South Australian Government last week welcomed an announcement by Masters Home Improvement that they will build 11 new stores in Adelaide over the next six years, with construction of the first metropolitan stores already underway at Adelaide Airport and Parafield Airport.

The expansion means an investment of up to $500 million in the South Australian economy and the creation of up to 4,500 jobs. Across Australia, Masters has opened 45 stores in just over two years, representing an investment of over $1.5 billion and the creation of more than 17,000 jobs nationally.

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