“Today’s (February 17 2020) announcements that builders and homeowners will be able to easily access the Australian Standard for building in bushfire prone areas will help thousands of people impacted by the recent bushfires move through the rebuilding process a little more smoothly,” said Kristin Brookfield, HIA Chief Executive Industry Policy.
Disaster assistance has been made available to help people and businesses heavily impacted by recent storms and flooding in 56 local government areas across NSW.
More young people will be at the forefront of efforts to manage invasive species, thanks to new grants from the Victorian Government.
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has welcomed the State Government’s decision to cover the costs of council rates, providing some relief to bushfire affected councils and their communities.
Up to 13 weeks income support is now available for those worst-hit by the bushfires in the Gladstone, Gympie and Ipswich council areas.
“While today’s (January 31 2020) formal UK exit from the EU provides Australian companies based in the UK with some certainty that the split will happen, there is still at least eleven months of limbo while the UK-EU Trade deal is being negotiated,” Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said.
“While we saw confidence in the broader housing market improve markedly during the second half of 2019, today’s (January 15 2020) building activity data shows that new home starts during the September (2019) quarter continued to retreat,” said Geordan Murray, HIA Senior Economist.
The WA Government will establish a public fishing platform at the Bunbury Service Jetty, allowing public access to the Bunbury Outer Harbour for the first time in more than 15 years.
Australia’s property industry is supporting emergency relief efforts and is also preparing to provide practical support for the long process of recovery and reconstruction for bushfire-affected communities.
Tough new penalties will apply for motorists and passengers who toss lit cigarettes out of a vehicle window.