Construction Industry News

  • Tenders Called for $24b Victoria Transport Plan

    23 July 2014

    Tenders have been called for Victoria's $24 billion rail and road construction projects. The post Tenders Called for $24b Victoria Transport Plan appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • Will Giant Lego Bricks Revolutionise Construction?

    23 July 2014

    The development of a Lego-style brick for the construction industry could change the way that real world infrastructure and facilities are built. The post Will Giant Lego Bricks Revolutionise Construction? appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • World’s Tallest Railway Bridge Built in Himalayas

    23 July 2014

    Indian engineers are building the tallest railway bridge in the world - one which will traverse a river in the Himalayas. The post World’s Tallest Railway Bridge Built in Himalayas appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • The World’s ‘Largest Indoor Arena’

    22 July 2014

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino has presided over the opening of what is billed as the world's largest indoor stadium, erected by a politically-influential religious sect. The post The World’s ‘Largest Indoor Arena’ appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • ‘Spectacular’ Games Venue Set to Open

    22 July 2014

    The first competition venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games is set to open after managing contractor Watpac delivered a substantial upgrade to the facility on time and within budget. The post ‘Spectacular’ Games Venue Set to Open appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • NT leading Country in Economic Development

    22 July 2014

    The Northern Territory's economy continues to flourish with the jurisdiction leading the country on four key indicators, a new CommSec report shows. The post NT leading Country in Economic Development appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • Australia Home Construction Expected to Lift

    22 July 2014

    Young families wanting new stand-alone houses are expected to drive a boom in residential construction in the next three years. The post Australia Home Construction Expected to Lift appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • Pervious Concrete Offers a Host of Benefits

    22 July 2014

    “They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.” Joni Mitchell The post Pervious Concrete Offers a Host of Benefits appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • ATO Buries Brickworks De-Merger

    21 July 2014

    A proposed de-merger involving the removal of substantial cross-shareholdings between building products maker Brickworks and its largest shareholder looks to have been buried after a meeting to vote on the proposed deal was cancelled following a ruling that effectively means the two companies would incur substantial tax liabilities if the proposal went ahead. The post ATO Buries Brickworks De-Merger appeared first on Sourceable Industry News. more

  • Housing Recovery Stays On Track

    11 July 2014

    “The nearly 10 per cent, seasonally adjusted, rise in the latest Building Approvals shows that the building and construction industry is well placed to be the major engine of growth and jobs as the economy adjusts to the decline in engineering construction in the mining sector”, Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. more

  • Property industry confident for the future

    11 July 2014

    Property industry confidence remains high despite falling expectations for Australia’s national economic growth. The Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Index to September 2014 shows property industry confidence remained steady at 131 points compared to 132 last quarter. Property Council of Australia Acting Chief Executive, Glenn Byres, said the September quarter expectations reveal an industry confident about its future, despite low expectations for national economic growth. more

  • Master Builders Calls For Urgent Reform Of Right of Entry

    29 June 2014

    Master Builders Australia has called for urgent reform of the right of entry workplace laws to redress the current imbalance which favours unions. Master Builders Australia made the call in an address by National Director of Industrial Relations, Richard Calver to the Industrial Relations Conference 2014. more

  • Peter Verwer: Fare thee well

    24 June 2014

    For more than two decades, this magazine’s editorial Zeitgeist was tuned to the virtues of our industry’s animal spirits. A prosperous society is built by risk-taking entrepreneurs and, let’s not be shy, buccaneering grit. We’ve criticised governments when they determine to assemble rickety policy scaffolds rather than trust citizens to build opportunity. We’ve also criticised them for stunting individual and mercantile liberty. Nevertheless, we’ve always recognised that free markets don’t mean a free-for-all. more

  • Property Council of Australia: NSW Geared up for growth

    24 June 2014

    The NSW Budget positions the state for sustained economic growth based on a robust infrastructure spend and thriving property market, according to the Property Council of Australia. The Property Council’s members finance, own, manage and develop major office, retail, industrial, hotel, residential and retirement living assets across NSW. more

  • This week's top stories from Building On Air

    15 May 2014

    This week's Building on Air top stories: Removing Silos Boosts Construction Productivity Recycled Cathode Ray Tubes Transformed into Tiles Sydney Shopping Centre First in Country to Sign Up for Green Star Performance Rating more

  • Peter Barda: policy and investment uncertainty affecting construction outlook

    14 May 2014

    The latest Australian Construction Industry Forum market report shows an upswing in activity across many states, however according to ACIF executive director Peter Barda, the industry remains volatile in response to shifts in government policy and wider business trends. more

  • Budget Must Boost Home-Buyer’s Confidence To Safeguard Residential Building Recovery

    7 May 2014

    “Building Approvals data highlight the importance of the Federal Budget boosting business confidence as a key priority, in addition to providing a pathway to structural budget repair,” Peter Jones Chief Economist of Master Builders Australia said.  “The recovery in residential building remains on track and the 3.5 per cent, seasonally adjusted fall in approvals is in line with expectations,” he said. more

  • CommSec: construction is the next sector set to boom

    19 April 2014

    FORGET mining, the next boom industry in the Australian economy will be much closer to home. That’s according to CommSec chief economist Craig James, who said construction will pick up the baton from mining to become the driving force behind Australia’s economy in the next few years. more

  • Property industry confidence moderates from record high

    17 April 2014

    Australia’s property industry confidence has moderated as the industry awaits the Federal Government’s economic strategy. The Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Index to June 2014 shows property industry confidence dropped eight points to 132 from a record high of 140 points. more

  • Latest Housing Finance Data Confirms Positive Trend

    17 April 2014

    “The latest home lending statistics remain positive and shows that confidence in the residential building recovery remains strong,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. “The latest data released by the ABS today records a 2.3 per cent rise, seasonally adjusted in February 2014. While the total numbers of home lending and home lending for new housing were not as strong at just under 1 per cent seasonally adjusted, the trend remains positive with a  20 per cent increase over the year,” he said. more

  • CFMEU Contempt Judgement Reinforces Need For ABCC

    31 March 2014

    The $1.25 million penalty imposed on the CFMEU for contempt of court over its violent blockade of the Grocon Myer Emporium site highlights that the union’s officials do not behave like normal people or see themselves bound by the rule of law like everyone else,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said. “The Victorian Supreme Court judgement also reinforces the urgent need for the restoration of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) to suppress acts of industrial thuggery,” he said. more

  • Property Chief Retires

    6 March 2014

    Longstanding Property Council CEO, Peter Verwer, has announced his retirement from the nation’s leading property investment advocacy body. Mr Verwer, who took over the Property Council reins in 1992, is leaving the trade organisation to explore international opportunities. more

  • Not enough building blocks

    6 March 2014

    The construction industry is expected to need an extra 45,000 workers in the course of the next three years but there are questions about whether current training schemes and redeployment from the resources sector will be enough to meet this need. The construction industry has had it tough over the past five years. Following the 2008–9 financial crisis, construction slowed dramatically and workers in the industry sought employment elsewhere, many in the resources sector. Now, with signs of a property recovery, analysts and industry groups are concerned a skills shortage is looming. more

  • Grant sees Property Council clock up another win

    24 February 2014

    The Property Council’s campaign to remove roadblocks for people looking to downsize their homes clocked up another win this weekend with the Labor Government announcing a new grant, says the Property Council of Australia. On Saturday Premier Jay Weatherill announced an $8,500 grant for people aged over 60 looking to downsize their home. The grant will be available for new builds up to the value of $400,000, phasing out for homes valued up to $450,000. more

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