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Over the past two weeks, South Australia has continued to lead the nation in slowing the spread of COVID-19 with no new cases now for 11 consecutive days. Importantly, there are only seven live cases across the state, representing a recovery rate of 98 per cent.
The Victorian Government has late this afternoon Gazetted the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020 (Regulations), which implement the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct - SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19 in Victoria.
The Property Council, Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and Housing Industry Association (HIA) have written to the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning to advocate for a new approach to catalyst infrastructure funding.
The ACT Government has announced the fast tracking of additional infrastructure projects to keep Canberra working through the COVID-19 pandemic. This program focuses on work that can start immediately and will support local jobs, businesses and our Canberra community.
The Property Council has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of the first tranche of fast-tracked projects to provide jobs, investment and the delivery of housing to drive the recovery of the NSW economy during and after the COVID-19 crisis under their new Planning System Acceleration Program.
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a major testing blitz across Victoria. The blitz is aimed at better understanding how the virus is spreading in the community and will set the State up for the potential easing of restrictions. This announcement comes as Victoria records just one new case of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
Over the past week South Australia has continued to demonstrate that it is prudently and successfully managing the spread of COVID-19 with only three new cases detected over the past 7 days and none since last Wednesday. Importantly, South Australia’s live cases have now dropped to just 23.
Members may have seen the front page of the Daily Telegraph story from NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet where he outlined a post COVID-19 vision for the State's economic recovery. The Treasurer said he wants ‘landmark reform’ with a view to driving productivity and putting business growth at the centre of the NSW economy.
Speaking at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) State of the State address, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes outlined the Government’s vision to boost the timeliness, certainty and transparency of the State’s planning system.
The State Government has just announced a new suite of measures aimed at supporting the property and construction industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures complement existing announcements and both the commercial and residential tenancies legislation that passed Parliament earlier this week.
Resident isolation and engagement continues to be a key issue requiring operator attention and innovation. Concerns with finalising settlements and a downturn in sales enquiries and what this means for cashflow, especially as the industry battles to be included in the JobKeeper scheme and because of mandatory state buyback arrangements.
Major construction work is underway at Central Station to deliver the Sydney Metro, which includes the construction of two new underground metro platforms and the Central Walk underground concourse, which will make it easier for people to connect between light rail, suburban and inter-city trains and buses.
The Code of Conduct for the Northern Territory is currently awaiting finalisation. We have been engaging with the Treasurer and Chief Minister and have provided them with a range of issues, recommendations and queries that we have with the Code in its current form.
Building & Energy this afternoon announced a 12-month delay to new building requirements in Western Australia under the National Construction Code (NCC). This announcement follows Property Council calls for the requirements to be delayed to allow businesses to focus on responding to COVID-19 pandemic, contained in our 13-point plan to government.
Today, the ACT Chief Minister announced that registrations have opened and over 150 new roles available in the ‘Jobs for Canberrans Fund’, to ensure the survival of the ACT and surrounding regions through a comprehensive economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We took the matter up with the Premier’s Office and the Office of the Minister for Police. The Minister’s Chief of Staff has assured us that a very clear message from the Commissioner of Police was disseminated through the Police Operations Centre regarding property industry staff and contractors attending work.
As the Territory Parliament prepares to consider new regulations for commercial tenancies during the COVID-19 period, it is vital that Territory Government decision-makers understand the real-world experience of landlords in managing their tenancy issues.
After weeks of intense advocacy for a fair set of principles to guide discussions between commercial landlords and tenants, National Cabinet last week agreed on a mandatory Code that will result in commercial property owners shouldering a significant portion of the financial burden.
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On Monday the RLC recommended to operators, who had not already done so, that they should immediately close all community facilities in accordance with public health directives to close non-essential businesses and undertakings. This position has been endorsed in discussions the RLC has had with a number of state regulators.