Queensland Business Review reports
A rebound in business confidence has not yet translated into investment intentions, with Queensland, Australia relying on a strong pipeline of infrastructure projects to drive the economy to more stable ground.
The latest Access Economics-Arup Investment Monitor shows business investment in Queensland was notably worse in the September quarter, while infrastructure remains dominated by water and transport-related projects.
SOURCE: Queensland Business Review – Biz investment down, focus shifts to infrastructure
The $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project has reached another major milestone with the appointment of Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) and Arup to complete the final planning and geotechnical work before construction starts in 2010.
“Regional Rail Link was Victoria’s highest priority project for action submitted to the Infrastructure Australia and will improve reliability for Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo V/Line services and free up capacity for more trains on the Werribee, Craigieburn and Sunbury (Sydenham) suburban lines.
[SOURCE eGov monitor – A Policy Dialogue Platform | Promoting Better Governance]
Central Sydney(Newspaper) reports
“The plan is to make Chippendale into an urban farm with food available where we live and work and even growing vines on otherwise hot empty walls,” Mr Mobbs said.
Meanwhile, more than half the land used by Sydney’s market gardens is likely to disappear under developers bulldozers in the next 20 years, a NSW Government report has found.
Read more at the [SOURCE: Central Sydney(Newspaper) – Growers’ markets taking root in inner Sydney]
The Age reports
FEDERAL Labor MP Kelvin Thomson has savaged the Victorian Government’s handling of urban planning in a blistering newsletter to constituents.
Mr Thomson said the State Government’s planning blueprint Melbourne 2030, which aimed to reduce urban sprawl, had failed badly. He attacked State Government plans to increase Melbourne’s boundary by 41,000 hectares.
SOURCE: The Age – City an ‘obese parody’
The Australian Government is seeking proposals to develop and implement practical projects to help secure urban water supplies in Australian towns and cities with fewer than 50,000 people.
“Funding under this program will support cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 people to improve the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of their urban water resources while reducing demand on potable supplies.
“Projects that could be supported include recycling and reuse, stormwater capture and reuse schemes, desalination and water sensitive urban design initiatives.”
Funding is capped at 50 per cent of total project costs, with the minimum Australian Government contribution of $250,000. While there is no maximum project size, the Australian Government contribution is capped at $10 million per project.
Projects must be completed by 30 June 2012.
Under an earlier stage of the Government’s National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns, more than $100 million is earmarked for projects identified in 2007 election commitments.
Guidelines are available from www.environment.gov.au/water/programs/index.html or by calling 1800 218 478.
SOURCE: Minister for Climate Change and Water – Call for water savings proposals for Australian towns and small cities – 1 October 2009.