$6.76 Million Solar Farm Gets Go-Ahead

The Queensland Government recently named Ingenero Pty Ltd as the top tender for the construction of a massive new solar farm to be built at Cloncurry, east of Mount Isa. The company was one of 19 tendering for the job, which will include the design, construction, and operation of the $6.76 million, 2.128 megawatt project. “Having been selected as preferred tenderer, our task now is to finalise the contract negotiations with the Queensland Government and the Cloncurry Shire Council so the solar farm can be built by the end of 2012,” said Rodger Whitby, Ingenero General Manager of Generation. “After […]

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Construction a Winner in Third Quarter

Figures for the latest quarter reveal company operating profits rose 4.8 per cent, with Australia’s construction sector emerging as one of the clear leaders. According to numbers released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the third quarter ending in September, gross operating profits – in current prices and seasonally adjusted terms – rose by 8.8 per cent over the year, higher than estimated by economists. While there was a slight decrease in business inventories in seasonally adjusted chain volume terms of 1.1 per cent, other estimates for income from sales by wholesalers in the third quarter increased 2.2 […]

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New Mall, Shopping Centre Upgrade in Wollongong

Over the next two years, Wollongong’s central business district (CBD) will see major construction, including the recently announced $200 million West Keira complex from The GPT Group, and anticipated works on the Crown Street Shopping Mall upgrade, expected to begin next year. With construction on the West Keira complex slated for the next 24 months, some on The Illawarra Business Chamber believe it is time to re-evaluate the Crown Street Shopping Mall upgrades, saying the present plan needs retooling. “It’s going to be a long time between mall revamps or rebuilds, and therefore we need to get this right and […]

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Christchurch City Council faces Potential Boycott

In Christchurch, local residents – many of whom are still unable to occupy homes damaged in the devastating 22 February earthquake – are questioning the wisdom of council rates on properties they cannot use, and want them scrapped. Hundreds of home still remain inaccessible and were deemed uninhabitable in the months following the quake due to the risk of collapse, landslide, or rockfall. As a result, many people are living in rented accommodations, paying rates through their rent, and questioning why they should be required to also pay for earthquake-damaged homes they are unable to live in. Although The Christchurch […]

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Housing Market Slows in Some Areas

In some parts of Australia, homes are selling at a brisk pace. In others, however, the market has slowed to a point where some houses are taking literally twice as long to sell as they did just one year ago. One of the reasons for the slow sales is over-supply of houses. At the present time, over 311,000 properties are listed for sale, an increase of 30 per cent from 2010. In some locations, the numbers are even higher, such as in Melbourne, which is seeing 50 per cent more properties for sale, and Sydney, with a jump of 30 […]

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$3.6 Billion for Gas Power Stations

Teaming up with TRUenergy, the Queensland Government will soon increase its energy-generating capabilities by investing billions into new power stations. The landmark $3.6 billion project – which will see the construction of two new gas-fired power stations at Ipswich and Gladstone – will be the first significant energy investment since the recent passing of the Carbon Tax. For Premier Anna Bligh, the project demonstrates the competitive abilities of gas in a carbon-priced economy. “These stations will plug us all in to a future that is brighter than anything in our history, and investments like this from TRUenergy are just the […]

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Some AU House Prices Still Sliding

The most recent figures for the nation’s capital cities reveal that house prices fell once again, for the ninth month in a row. Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra home prices all dropped in September (the most recent available figures). Sydney experienced the greatest fall in house prices, at 0.6 per cent followed by Canberra at 0.5 per cent, and Melbourne at 0.3 per cent, seasonally adjusted. Experts are hopeful, however, that the drops are likely temporary, with Melbourne experiencing a surplus following a building boom. Reasons for the slippage this year include consumer caution when it comes to making large purchases […]

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Tragedy at University of Queensland Construction Site

The tragic death of a worker on a university campus at the end of October may result in work stoppages and safety checks on all major construction sites. On the morning of October 31, a 65-year-old foreman was crushed when a large shuttering form plummeted from a height of around 20 metres. The foreman was working on the construction of a new building at the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland. The fatal accident brings the number of deaths on Queensland’s construction sites to twelve this year, a jump from eight in 2010. As a result, The Construction, […]

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Green Standards Get Tough

In Australia, “green” initiatives aimed at lowering energy usage and reducing carbon emissions have become increasingly popular in the construction sector in recent years, as awareness over the need to save precious resources grows. As of this month, changes to “green” building standards have become much more serious. Across the nation, 10 per cent of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from commercial buildings, according to the Department of Climate Change. The figure is rising, and one way of reducing the emissions is to improve the energy efficiency of these buildings. On November 1, strict “green” Commercial Building Disclosure […]

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Queensland Economy “On a Sprint”

The most recent figures from the DAE Investment Monitor reveal good news for Queensland’s building industry and the heights it has reached in terms of the value of the state’s projects committed or under construction. In the September quarter, the amount swelled to $100.3 billion, a solid indicator of Queensland’s growing economy. “This kind of phenomenal growth is projected to continue skyrocketing with business investment of 27 ¾ per cent forecast this financial year,” said Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Treasurer Andrew Fraser. “The value of known investment in projects has also remained at near record highs of $184 billion.” Reasons […]

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Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

July 14, 2020, 12:25 PM AEST