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UDIA INDUSTRY NEWS 09/11/2017 09/11/2017

New UDIA WA 2017/18 Councillors elected

UDIA WA is pleased to announce the following representatives are your 2017/18 Council: 

Nick Allingame

Jane Bennett
Peter Bowyer
Jeremy Cordina
Justin Crooks
Kim Lawrance
Alf Lay
Paul Morgan
Greg Rowe
Avril Thomson
Darren Walsh
Bruce Young

Immediate Past President: 
Rhys Kelly

A special thank you to outgoing Councillor Darren Pesich who's time and dedication to the Institute during his term is extremley valued. 

Round Table with Minister for Local Government

Following a recent meeting with UDIA, the Minister for Local Government Hon. David Templeman, MLA is hosting a Round Table Meeting tomorrow with several industry bodies to discuss a number of current issues.  Joining UDIA for the meeting will be representatives from WALGA, MBA, HIA, SPASA and PCA.  Issues on the agenda include local government performance monitoring, local government fees and charges, development contributions for infrastructure, reporting on planning matters by local government and achieving greater consistency in the approvals process. UDIA will provide an update on the outcomes from the meeting in next week’s edition.

Positive market sentiment keeps growing

The latest building approvals data from the ABS reinforces UDIA’s prediction that we have reached the bottom of this market cycle, with the number of total dwellings approved in WA trending upward with an increase of 2% in September 2017.  Housing finance commitments for owner occupiers are also trending upward with a slight increase of 0.3% in commitments in September 2017. This is the fifth consecutive month of increases for both approvals and commitments.  More information on current market conditions in our press release: here

Rates hold

Further to positive market sentiment, the official cash rate was kept on hold at 1.5% this Melbourne Cup Day.  UDIA explains how this is good news for the property market in WA: here

Labour Market Update

More good news according to the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, as the WA labour market continues to strengthen on a number of key measures. WA recorded the highest annual growth in full time employment of all states and territories, an increase of 4.9% in the year to September 2017. The number of people working part-time in WA has also stabilised over the last year, after a period of strong growth up to the middle of last year. Full report here

Feedback open on Subi Oval redevelopment

The state government has released the draft redevelopment scheme and associated policies for Subiaco.  The new planning framework will apply to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s (MRA) recently expanded Subiaco Redevelopment Area and considers strategic sites including Subiaco Oval and the Princess Margaret Hospital site. The draft development policies propose to update the existing planning framework and include requirements for sustainability, public art, heritage interpretation and affordable housing.  The documents are open for public comment until January 8, 2018 and UDIA will be making a submission on behalf of industry.  We encourage members to provide feedback for inclusion in our submission by Friday 1 December 2017: policy@udiawa.com.au

UDIA made comment recently on Subiaco’s vibrancy and sense of place beyond the football and media on this topic can be found here

For more information on the draft scheme, visit https://www.mra.wa.gov.au/public-comments

Contaminated sites reports – electronic lodgement

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has advised that it no longer requires the submission of hard copy reports relating to contaminated sites or acid sulfate soils. The Department is intending to develop an online report submission portal in the future. In the interim, technical reports relating to contaminated sites or acid sulfate soils should be submitted in the following manner, unless the Department has specifically requested otherwise (such as when a report is required urgently).  It is requested that reports are not emailed to individual officers or generic email addresses.

All reports should be provided as a text-searchable PDF file on CD, DVD or USB flash drive. All relevant appendices should be provided within the same pdf file. An exception is for PDF files larger than approximately 300 - 500 pages, when the provision of large appendices (such as laboratory certificates) in separate PDF files is supported to make the electronic document faster to load, read and save.

Please post the report on a CD, DVD or USB flash drive attached to a brief covering letter that includes:

  • a clear description of the site, including the legal description, street address and common name;
  • DWER reference number (eg DMO XXX), if known;
  • identification and contact details of the report submitter;
  • purpose for submitting the report, where relevant (e.g. seeking reclassification or condition clearance); and
  • a list of the technical reports being submitted.

Providing a covering letter with that information will assist us in processing the report in a timely manner.

The covering letter along with the CD/DVD/USB flash drive should be posted to:

Senior Manager, Contaminated Sites
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Locked Bag 33
Cloisters Square WA 6850

Please note that Form 1 reports of known or suspected contaminated sites are still required to be submitted in hard copy.

Local government act review

Phase one of the review of the Local Government Act 1995 has commenced with the state government seeking submissions by 9 February 2018.  The review will consider issues including councillor conduct, local government transparency and accountability and accessibility of public information. 14 community workshops will also be held. More information is available: here and please provide any feedback that you wish to be incorporated into UDIA’s submission to policy@udiawa.com.au by 1 February 2018.

Barriers to prosperity: red tape in Australia

This paper by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) considers Australia’s red tape problem and describes the opportunities available to policymakers to boost economic growth that requires no further call on the taxpayer.  

The paper is the first in a series of three. The second will identify the thirty key red tape reforms on which the federal and state governments should focus on now. The third and final paper will describe the policies and institutions governments should build to make sustained reduction in red tape.

Full report available here

ERA – Western Power Network Access Arrangement extension

The ERA has extended the time for public submissions on Western Power’s proposed revisions to its network access arrangement to Monday 11 December 2017.

The ERA has also published additional supporting information relating to Western Power’s proposed revisions to its access arrangement. Interested parties can now review Western Power’s Regulatory Financial Statements for all years of the Third Access Arrangement period (2013-2017) and review a report on the productivity of Western Power using economic benchmarking techniques as applied by the Australian Energy Regulator.

The ERA's Issues Paper and Western Power's proposed revised access arrangement is available here

Sponsorship opportunities at UDIA

The latest UDIA Sponsorship Prospectus will be published soon!  In the meantime, if you are looking for an opportunity to promote your brand and services to a broad range of property industry representatives, please contact UDIA’s Director Commercial and Member Services Erin Meikle to discuss the options that UDIA has available.   You can contact Erin at emeikle@udiawa.com.au or phone 9215 3409.

Is Perth running out of water?

Adjunct Professor, Don McFarlane from the University of Western Australia (UWA) will present as part of the UWA Environment Series on the topic ‘Is Perth running out of water?’  The talk will review the current situation with regards to drinking water supplies and cover emerging water issues related to non-potable water supplies. The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday 14 November at 4pm at the Myers Street Lecture Theatre, UWA.  No RSVP required.

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