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Aussie Engineers Must Better Manage Risk on Retaining Walls
Engineering
Friday June 15 2018

Aussie Engineers Must Better Manage Risk on Retaining Walls

Last November, 15 people were evacuated from their homes in the Cleveland (south of Brisbane) street of Middle street after excavators ‘dug too deeply’ at the site and an excavation collapsed.

Bringing Nature’s Power into Australian Cities
Architecture
Friday June 15 2018

Bringing Nature’s Power into Australian Cities

Back in the 1960s, the Cheonggyecheon (Cheonggye stream) which winds through downtown Seoul (South Korea) stood as an example of city planning going terribly wrong.

What Can Governments do to Foster Sustainable Construction?
Construction
Friday June 15 2018

What Can Governments do to Foster Sustainable Construction?

Back in 2007, Australia had a broad consensus about dealing with climate change and establishing an emissions trading scheme and carbon price. Fast forward several years and this has all but collapsed.

Dubai Property ‘a Money-laundering Haven’
Property
Wednesday June 13 2018

Dubai Property ‘a Money-laundering Haven’

War profiteers, terror financiers and drug traffickers sanctioned by the US in recent years have used Dubai's real estate market as a haven for their assets, a new report alleges.

Key Lessons Needed to Drive Green Building Movements Forward
Architecture
Wednesday June 13 2018

Key Lessons Needed to Drive Green Building Movements Forward

Since the inception of the first green building council in 1993 (the United States Green Building Council), the push toward sustainable practices in construction has gathered worldwide momentum.

Go Green for Healthy, Rich Cities: study
Architecture
Friday June 8 2018

Go Green for Healthy, Rich Cities: study

Green infrastructure - from more cycle lanes to cleaner air - not only helps the environment but also boosts jobs, health and productivity, according to research.

Digital Disruption is Changing Mining
Engineering
Friday June 8 2018

Digital Disruption is Changing Mining

In 2014, Rio Tinto broke new ground when it introduced driverless trucks into its Hope Downs 4 iron ore mine in the Pilbara.

Owner Occupiers on the Rise in National Apartment Market
Property
Friday June 8 2018

Owner Occupiers on the Rise in National Apartment Market

In the most comprehensive national survey in Australia, property consultants Urbis tracked over 120,000 brand new and off the plan selling apartments across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast in the March 2018 quarter, recording a total of 1,230 sales from 305 developments. Of the surveyed apartments nationally, 74% are now contracted for sale.

Coroner Rules over Fatal Victoria Wall Collapse
Construction
Friday June 8 2018

Coroner Rules over Fatal Victoria Wall Collapse

The safety of a wall that collapsed and killed three people in Melbourne six years ago was the responsibility of site owner Grocon, a coroner says.

Construction
Jun 15 2018
Melbourne Dominates Australia’s Housing Hotspots List

According to the HIA Population & Residential Building Hotspots Report 2018, the Mickleham-Yuroke area of Melbourne is Australia’s number one Hotspot, with population growth of 35.3...

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Engineering
Jun 15 2018
APA Group a $13bn Chinese Takeover Target

Shares in energy infrastructure giant APA Group have soared following a $13 billion takeover proposal from a Chinese consortium led by CK Infrastructure Holdings.

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Property
Jun 15 2018
Queensland Budget Exposes Dire Need for Real Reform

The 2018/19 Queensland Budget falls short when it comes to long-term economic management, according to the Property Council of Australia.

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Engineering
Jun 15 2018
Queensland Govt Under Fire for $1.3bn Trash Tax

The Queensland government admits households could end up being slugged with its unpopular trash tax if councils decide to double-dip.

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Engineering
Jun 13 2018
Big Spend on Infrastructure in Queensland Budget

Queensland has posted a surprise $1.5 billion surplus after Treasurer Jackie Trad handed down what she's called a "responsible" first budget focusing on major infrastructure projects.

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Construction
Jun 13 2018
Sign of Solid Jobs Growth for Rest of 2018

Employment growth unsurprisingly cooled after an unsustainable record run in 2017, but there are signs job gains are likely to be solid for the remainder of...

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Property
Jun 13 2018
Home Loan Approvals Slip 1.4% in April

Home loan approvals fell in April, and while the drop was not as great as economists had forecast there are expectations the housing market has...

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Architecture
Jun 13 2018
Share Bike Company 'Pulls Out' of Melbourne

The distinctive yellow rental bicycles will disappear from Melbourne's streets as the Singapore-based oBike company shuts up shop.

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Construction
Jun 13 2018
Victoria 'short-changed' on Road, Rail Funding

Victoria is being short-changed when it comes to federal infrastructure funding because most of the Turnbull government's pledged $7.8 billion won't flow through for at least...

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