OUTBACK QUEENSLAND COMPANIES CALLED TO TENDER FOR HOUSING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT (QLD)

13th July 2017

The Palaszczuk Government has called on eligible construction companies to tender for the construction of new government
employee housing in Richmond, Winton and Hughenden.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that this project was part of the $168.5 million investment announced in
this year’s budget in new and upgraded government employee housing across Queensland.

Outback Queensland companies called to tender for housing construction project

 

 

 

SYDNEY SKYSCRAPER SUMMIT PRESENTS THE LATEST GLOBAL CONCEPTS FOR TALL BUILDINGS (NSW)

5th July 2017

A major summit in August focusing on the role of skyscrapers in global cities has been organised by the Urban Taskforce.

“As a support partner to the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) Sydney conference in November, the Urban Taskforce has organised next month’s SYDNEY SKYSCRAPER SUMMIT to encourage community and political awareness of this global trend,” says Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson. “The Urban Taskforce is privileged to host the 18 August summit, where global leaders in high-rise buildings will present the very latest designs from world cities”, Mr Johnson said.

Sydney Skyscraper Summit Presents the Latest Global Concepts for Tall Buildings

 

STATE-WIDE CLADDING AUDIT UNDERWAY (WA)

4th July 2017

Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today confirmed the Building Commission is broadening its audit of aluminium composite panels (ACPs) following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

The new audit scope includes all high-risk, high-rise buildings in WA that have cladding attached. Permit authority certification records will be used to identify buildings that require further assessment.

State-wide cladding audit underway

 

MAJOR CONSTRUCTION ON ROAD TO RECOVERY (FED)

29th June 2017

The latest Australian Industry Group/Australian Constructors Association Construction Outlook survey released today has reported that after three years of declining major project work, the nation’s leading construction companies are forecasting a recovery in engineering and non-residential building activity for the rest of the 2017 calendar year and in 2018.

After dropping sharply by 8.0% in 2016 (current prices), the survey forecasts that the total value of turnover from major project work will rise by 4.3% in 2017 followed by a stronger lift of 6.4% in the 2018 calendar year.

Major construction on road to recovery

GRENFELL FIRE CAUSES AUSTRALIAN POLITICIANS TO BURY THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND (FED)

29th June 2017

Two weeks on from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London, and nearly 3 years since the Lacrosse
apartment building fire in Melbourne, Australian governments have still not taken effective action to
protect the public.

While the exact cause of the Grenfell fire will take many months of investigation and inquiry to determine,
it is clear that the external cladding played a role in the spread of the fire, as was the case with the Lacrosse
fire. But the only response by Australian Federal politicians to protect the public from dodgy building
products and practices so far, is to extend a Senate inquiry that has already been dragging on for 2 years.

Grenfell fire causes Australian politicians to bury their heads in the sand

PRICING REFORM LAYS FOUNDATIONS FOR FAIRER HII SCHEME (WA)

27th June 2017

Pricing reform lays foundations for fairer HII scheme

Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced a pricing reform to Western Australia’s home indemnity insurance (HII) scheme.

Large volume and multi-unit project builders will have to pay a premium increase as of Monday 2 October 2017.

The increase is required to ensure the HII scheme is sustainable and to prevent WA taxpayers from footing the bill for recent builder failures.

Small to medium volume builders will be exempt from this round of premium increases, unless they are involved in multi-unit projects. This will help address an inequity that has existed in the pricing of HII in WA for some years.

Many small to medium volume builders have been forced to pay almost $5,000 more than large volume builders for a HII certificate for a home worth $300,000 to $350,000.

The amount of the premium paid, and any increase, will vary among individual builders and will depend on the assessed degree of risk and/or exposure they represent to the State.

Builders must obtain HII for residential building work worth over $20,000 in WA.

HII protects owners against financial loss if a builder cannot complete the work or meet a valid claim for faulty or unsatisfactory building work due to death, disappearance or insolvency.

“Home indemnity insurance provides crucial protection for Western Australians building or buying a new home from unforeseen financial losses,” Mr Gow said.

“The scheme promotes consumer confidence in the home building industry.

“These changes better align risks and premiums, while supporting fair and reasonable premiums across the industry.”

Media contact: Phone 6251 1335 or 0466 409 828 or email bcmedia@commerce.wa.gov.au

 

BUILDING SURVEY SHOWS PERTH APARTMENT BLOCK CLAD IN FLAMMABLE PANELS (WA)

28th June 2017

Building survey shows Perth apartment block clad in flammable panels

Security guards have been posted at a Perth apartment block that houses at-risk young people after a building survey revealed it was clad in flammable aluminium panels.

The 98-unit Foyer Oxford building in Leederville, Western Australia, is the latest in a string of apartment buildings throughout Australia identified as using potentially dangerous aluminium cladding of the sort believed to have contributed to the rapid spread of the fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London earlier this month.

Building survey shows Perth apartment block clad in flammable panels

HOUSING CONSTRUCTION JOBS PROGRAM OPEN FOR BUSINESS (QLD)

14th June 2017

Housing Construction Jobs Program open for business

The Palaszczuk Government has called on builders, developers and community housing providers to be part of building new social and affordable housing projects as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said Expressions of Interest were now open until July 31, and encouraged small, medium and large businesses to get involved. “This $1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy investment will see over 5000 new homes built over ten years, and we are not wasting any time on getting these projects happening,” Mr de Brenni said.

Housing Construction Jobs Program open for business (QLD)

FUNDING BOOST FOR DUBBO (NSW)

14th June 2017

Funding Boost for Dubbo

The Dubbo community will benefit from a $4 million funding boost from the NSW Government, which will ensure vital infrastructure is in place for new homes to accommodate its growing population. Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the NSW Government would use the Housing Acceleration Fund to partly fund the extension of Boundary Road in Dubbo to support the development of new communities at Keswick and South Lakes.

Funding boost for Dubbo (NSW)

APPROVAL TO START WORK ON CROSS RIVER RAIL (QLD)

14th June 2017

Approval to start work on Cross River Rail

The Board of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has approved the demolition of the GoPrint site at Woolloongabba to make way for Queensland’s number one infrastructure priority Cross River Rail.

In announcing the approval of early works, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it marked the start of the $5.4 billion city-shaping project.

Approval to start work on Cross River Rail (QLD)