City of Sydney demands Trigeneration rules be relaxed

By Julian Bajkowski The City of Sydney is again ramping up its promotion of trigeneration as a viable alternative means of producing energy in the heart of the city. Having parked a wider electricity overhaul critics claimed would cost up to $5 billion, the CBD council is now pushing the New South Wales Parliament to […]

Planners call for new fund to clear $500b infrastructure backlog

By Julian Bajkowski Australia’s peak planning body, the Planning Institute of Australia, has thrown its weight behind an ambitious bid to establish a new “Urban Infrastructure Fund” that aims to garner substantial institutional and retail financial investment to kick-start $500 billion in sorely needed projects. A statement issued by the PIA says it will join […]

Green thinking given a podium

Leading green thinkers, industry experts and manufacturers will speak at the Green Cities 2012 conference in Sydney. More than 70 green building suppliers and manufacturers will be featured at the 2012 conference, with the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia hosting the event. Keynote speakers will include architect and biomimicry […]

Lack of infrastructure hampering NSW

By Lilia Guan Infrastructure shortages are hampering the growth of New South Wales, claimed Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell at the Property Council of Australia's (NSW) Great Growth Debate, held this week in Sydney. Mr O'Farrell remarked that if the Harbour Bridge were to be built in this modern day then “nothing would get done”, because it […]

LGAQ, Property Council clash over lost revenues

Councils could owe the State Government as much as $600 million in revenue if land tax legislation is overturned, according to the Local Government Association of Queensland. A move by shopping centres and the Property Council to overturn pending state government legislation would leave councils out of pocket and force residential rates in urban areas […]

Planning report card casts doubt on Big Australia

By Rob O’Brien Kevin Rudd’s vision for a Big Australia will be hampered without improvements to development assessment processes, according to new research from the Residential Development Council (RDC) and the Property Council of Australia (PCA). The RDC/PCA’s Development Assessment Forum (DAF) Reform Implementation Report Card reveals that Australia underperforms in the delivery of efficient, […]


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