NSW GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY WORK TOGETHER TO CUT POWER BILLS THROUGH BETTER ENERGY EFFICIENCY (NSW)

3rd October 2017

The insulation industry has welcomed the opportunity to work with the New South Wales Government to reduce household power bills through improved energy efficiency in the state.

Through a partnership with the insulation industry, the NSW Government will ensure installers taking part in its programs are fully qualified to install insulation safely and to the highest standards.

NSW Government and Industry work together to cut Power Bills through Better Energy Efficiency

BUILDING QUEENSLAND INVOLVED IN MORE THAN DOUBLE THE PROPOSALS (QLD)

2nd October 2017

Building Queensland has been involved in the development of approximately 50 proposals – more than double that of the previous financial year, its 2016-17 Annual Report shows. Acting Minister for Infrastructure Leeanne Enoch said the demand for Building Queensland’s advice and assistance was growing. “Building Queensland continues to work closely with government agencies on business case development and we expect they will be able to report on many more in the next financial year,” Ms Enoch said.

Building Queensland involved in more than double the proposals (QLD)

 

ADELAIDE WILL BE GREENER AND COOLER THANKS TO WATER SENSITIVE URBAN DESIGN GRANTS (SA)

4th October 2017

Adelaide will be cooler, greener and more resilient to climate change thanks to urban project grants worth more than $710,000.

The projects promote water sensitive urban design (WSUD), an innovative approach to incorporating the whole water cycle in our towns and cities, including capturing and re-using rainwater to help prepare our communities for hotter, drier summers.

Adelaide will be greener and cooler thanks to water sensitive urban design grants (SA)

VIBRANT NEW PRECINCT FOR RHODES EAST (VIC)

15th September 2017

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts has announced a new plan for Rhodes East, creating a vibrant place to live and work.

The draft Priority Precinct Plan for Rhodes East has the potential for up to 3,600 new homes, including affordable housing close to transport, a new school, community facilities, shops, cafes and new pedestrian and cycling paths along the Parramatta River foreshore.

Vibrant new precinct for Rhodes East (NSW)

SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONSTRUCTION BLITZ (VIC)

14th September 2017

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan says drivers and public transport passengers are being urged to plan ahead these school holidays, with work ramping up on major transport projects across Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government will use the quieter school holiday period for another construction blitz on the Metro Tunnel, CityLink-Tulla Widening, the Monash Freeway upgrade and level crossing removals. As part of the Metro Tunnel works St Kilda Road will be reduced to one lane city bound from 25 September to 14 October to continue service relocation and early works for the new underground station at Domain.

School holiday construction blitz (VIC)

GIVING OUR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS THE TOOLS TO BE OK (WA)

14th September 2017

This R U OK?Day, the McGowan Government will fly the MATES in Construction flag at Parliament House and provide $310,000 in funding to raise mental health awareness among construction and FIFO workers.

MATES in Construction, a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers, will provide support and assistance to individuals and families affected by suicide in the construction industry, including FIFO sites across Western Australia.

Giving our construction workers the tools to be OK

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL LEADERS ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING (FED)

8th September 2017

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) announced the National Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2017 last Saturday 2 September.

At a sold out gala dinner at The Sofitel in Brisbane, guests heard how the judging panel was ‘blown away’ with the quality of the winning works from previous state and territory Awards programs.

National Jury Chair, Peter Henden said “The scope of the construction professional has now expanded to incorporate so many specialised fields, such as intelligent buildings and cutting-edge technology. The variety, quality and at times pioneering ingenuity displayed by the entrants for the National Awards reinforced the long-held belief that these are the Olympians of our industry displaying outstanding effort and often mind-blowing results.”

2017 AIB National Professional Excellence in Building Awards Media Release

AUSTRALIA MUST BAN CLADDING OF TYPE LINKED TO GRENFELL DISASTER, INQUIRY FINDS (FED)

6th September 2017

Australia must immediately ban the type of flammable cladding linked to the Grenfell disaster in London and Lacrosse fire in Melbourne, an inquiry has found.

The use of polyethylene composite panels has been under intense scrutiny in Australia since the Grenfell disaster in London, which killed at least 80 people in June.

Australia must ban cladding of type linked to Grenfell disaster, inquiry finds

TENDERS CALLED FOR NEW APPRENTICE MENTORING PROGRAM (FED)

7th September 2017

The Turnbull Government is taking another important step in its plan to help thousands of Australians complete apprenticeships and traineeships to secure jobs and careers. Tenders are being called to provide intensive early support for apprentices and trainees, as part of the Government’s Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices program. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews MP, said the Turnbull Government’s $60 million initiative will benefit up to 45,000 Australian Apprentices and assist them in their training journey.

Tenders called for new apprentice mentoring program (FED)

NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS (FED)

6th September 2017

Senator KETTER (Queensland) (17:13): I present an interim report of the Economics References Committee on non-conforming building products.

Non-conforming building products (FED)