31 July 2014
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12 June 2014
Our submission focuses on the unintended and adverse impact of planning, zoning and land use restrictions on competition and responds to the issues raised in Chapter 2 – Regulatory Impediments to Competition. The Urban Taskforce argues that the New South Wales experience is that planning and zoning regulation do exert an adverse impact on competition.
The Urban Taskforce's Property Person of the Year is a major fund raising event for two charities- Warrah Homes & St Vincent's Prostate Cancer Research. The 2012 Property Person of the Year, Ross McDiven of Brookfield Multiplex went further than raising money and organised a Bathroom Blitz to restore many substandard bathrooms in Warrah’s accommodation buildings. The Bathroom Blitz has seen eight bathrooms upgraded by Brookfield Multiplex and supportive consultants,suppliers and subcontractors for Warrah so far. Warrah is a charity that supports people with disabilities.
08 April 2014
We strongly advocate for government policy and legislation that supports residential development. We argue that investment in new residential development projects assists in the delivery of much needed housing and also stimulates growth of our construction industry. While this review is said to consider foreign investment in residential real estate, we fear that the review will focus on Chinese investment. Focusing on a particular Country’s investment is counterproductive and dare we say, xenophobic.
24 April 2014
Though not perfect, the bilateral assessments agreement prevents the duplication of assessment. However, there is still a need for two approvals, one from the State Planning Minister and the other from the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. We are pleased to note that the Government is pursing the introduction of an approval bilateral.
24 April 2014
We pleased to see that the Department of Planning understands that major urban renewal projects must be supported by flexible planning controls as the market will change over the life of the project. However, the state and local government must drive renewal and this would be further facilitated with the introduction of a code assessment approval system for the precinct.
14 April 2014
With respect to this benchmarking exercise, the Urban Taskforce is of the view that the cost of local infrastructure plan preparation, management and administration should not be passed on to the development industry as an additional cost in the plan. Plan preparation and general administration of a local infrastructure plan should be considered part of councils’ core responsibilities.
05 March 2014
The Urban Taskforce is supportive of the Benchmarking exercise being undertaken by theIndependent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal. We believe that it is essential that clear benchmarks be established based on credible independent data. However, the benchmarking exercise must not be seen as the end point of an investigation into infrastructure funding. The benchmarks established must be tested in the real world and regularly reviewed.
The Urban Taskforce's Property Person of the Year is a major fund raising event for two charities- Warrah Homes & St Vincent's Prostate Cancer Research. The 2012 Property Person of the Year, Ross McDiven of Brookfield Multiplex went further than raising money and organised a Bathroom Blitz to restore many substandard bathrooms in Warrah’s accommodation buildings. Brookfield Multiplex organised free contributions from around 20 consultants and subcontractors who supplied free materials and fittings along with labour to transform the old bathrooms. Click here to view the flyer explaining what the Bathroom Blitz did and for a list of all those involved.