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  • Increased funding from the Federal Government will allow programs, such as the National Australian Built Environment Energy Ratings System and the Commercial Building Disclosure, to continue and expand; allowing for energy efficiency programs to run in the built environment. 

  • Carl Schibrowski will focus on liveability, sustainability and diversity as the newly elected President of the Property Council of Australia NSW Division.
  • In order to upgrade the Townsville Airport and allow for the terminal to meet the current and expected passenger capacity, the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has provided a $50 million loan.
  • Rate your Road, the largest transport survey in NSW's history, conducted by the National Roads and Motorist Association (NRMA) has just released the results. The survey takes into account: congestion, condition and safety, and gets the participants to rate the road from a scale of 1 (very poor) to 100 (excellent).

     

  • The Queensland Government just released a 10-year plan to provide a framework and support statewide (trucking, shipping, rail and air cargo)freight transport.
  • Automated vehicles are a major trend in transportation and although autonomous cars are still in the developments and will be launched in the future, Automatic Train Operations has been around for 50 years. 

  • Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, and Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, announced the recruitment drive at the site of the future North Melbourne station, where the first of four tunnel boring machines is already in place, ready to be assembled.

     

     

     

  • A metro rail line to Western Sydney International (Nancy-Brid Walton) Airport was promised by the Federal and NSW government in time for the launch.

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  • Infrastructure upgrades in Lyndhurst, Cranbourne West and Lynbrook, worth $1 billion, aim to lower the traffic congestion in Melbourne's south-east region. Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan aims for the road bridge to be completed in 2020. 

     

     

  • With 121 nationally significant proposals and a $58billion project pipeline designed to pave the next 15 years of Australian Infrastructure investment, the Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Infrastructure Priority List is a new record
  • The Federal Government has unveiled a plan to address Australia’s increasing population by focusing on immigration, transport infrastructure and more efficient planning.
  • An Indigenous advisory firm will guide Western Sydney Airport’s comprehensive masterplan for Aboriginal engagement – the first of its kind for a major infrastructure project in Australia.
  • To improve 44 crash sites, which was identified across Queensland's Black Spots Program, the Federal Government has provided over $12 million in funding.

  • Federal Labor will lock in its commitment to building a high speed train from Melbourne to Brisbane by promising to start buying the land corridor if elected.
  • Applications for the latest stage in the Federal Government's $480 million Bridges Renewal Program are now closed. Successful projects will be announced in the middle of 2019.
  • Infrastructure Australia have identified 121 nationally significant projects in the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List. IA proposes a record $58 billion pipeline to address the congestion, liveability and economic growth.

     

     

  • With the hopes of improving the regional freight infrastructure and efficiency, in line with the  Fixing Country Roads and Rail program, the NSW Government has invested $135 million in 33 projects across the region. 

  • The long term demographic growth prospects continues to fuel the appetite of investors in the Australian Industrial market.
  • Infrastructure Australia released the Infrastructure Priority List on 14th February 2019. The list features a total of 121 national proposals – the most ambitious List to date.
  • Following the Opal Tower cracking incident in Sydney, Engineers Australia has urged the NSW Government to review and adopt best practices and compliance procedures from a national review in the construction industry.

     

  • With temperatures set to hit 40C, Summer weather is pushing tradies to stop working at Sydney.

  • After hearing "cracking noises" from Sydney's recently completed Opal Tower, residents were evacuated, forcing NSW to embark on the "biggest overhaul of building laws" in its history.

  • Many high-rise apartment buildings have started to sprout across the nation's cities and the reality of Australian housing now sits many floors above the ground.

  • Australia's construction sector continues to decline at a slower rate. The Australian Performance of Construction Index (PCI), produced by the Australian Industry Group and Housing Industry Association noted that the rate of decline is at 43.1 points, only 0.5 points better from the previous year.
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