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ACT Budget $5 billion infrastructure program

The Australian Capital Territory has announced a massive $5 billion infrastructure program as part of its 2021-22 ACT Budget, to create thousands of jobs and support its economic recovery. With...

Despite many signs of a boom, construction output in Great Britain fell by 0.2% in August 2021

Construction’s post-Covid recovery now looks to be over. The output graphs show, unsurprisingly a near vertical decline with the arrival of Covid-19 virus in the UK in early 2020 and...

Building Activity Surges to Four-Decade High

Building activity has surged by 23.2 per cent in the three months to June, the highest quarter of building activity in four decades. Work began on almost 65,000 dwellings during...

Construction’s diversity numbers are awful.

Here’s how 3 US based contractors are improving theirs. When it comes to diversity and inclusion, construction is still on the ground floor. Compared to the overall workforce, the construction...

Cracks in the system

It is almost impossible for purchasers to predict whether their new apartment will have building defects, a report into the apartment building industry has found. Poor business culture, poor capacity...

Asbestos warning issued on some USG Boral board products

Plasterboard manufacturer USG Boral has issued a warning to customers that some of their fire-rated plasterboard products may be contaminated with asbestos. The contamination affects fire-rated plasterboards containing vermiculite imported...

Infrastructure Market Capacity Report

Infrastructure Australia has today published its first Infrastructure Market Capacity report, forecasting a surge in demand for skills, labour and materials due to the rapid increase in public infrastructure investment. The Infrastructure Market...

City of Melbourne new urban design requirements

The City of Melbourne’s new Central Melbourne Design Guide is set to overhaul the city’s urban design requirements for the first time in 25 years. Victoria Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has...

SA circular economy grants now open

South Australia’s Circular Economy Market Development Grants Program will provide up to $100,000 in funding per applicant for market development projects involving recycled materials. Local councils, industry associations, not-for-profit organisations,...

Big Housing Build – more than 1000 homes bought

The Victorian Government’s historic Big Housing Build is stimulating the Victorian economy, generating more than $1 billion in construction and development activity – creating 356 direct jobs and 1,246 indirect...

Unlicensed builder penalty

Sydney man Matthew Peterson has been fined $12,500 and ordered to pay $21,715 in compensation for offences including engaging in residential building work when unlicensed and using false documents to...

Aerotropolis Green Spaces to be Reduced

Open spaces will be scaled back under proposed changes to the final planning package for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. Proposed changes to the State Environment Planning Policy are on public...