The Property Mill Queensland – 31 August 2015

August, 2015

In the Media

Adani coal mine: Government plans to stymie litigation on major developments ‘bizarre’

Environment groups are preparing to battle the Federal Government’s plans to stymie litigation against major development projects. It follows a successful court challenge to the environmental approval of Adani’s multi-billion-dollar Carmichael coal mine in Queensland (18 August 2015)

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Real estate agency slapped with $40,000 penalty

Agents and principals have been put on notice about making “grand claims” in their marketing, after one business was punished for misleading advertising. ASIC has acted against companies associated with Nicheliving, a Perth business that offers sales, property management, development services and finance (12 August 2015)

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Draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan released for Brisbane

Brisbane City Council has released the draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan for consultation, following the recent Queensland Government review (13 August 2015)

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Queenslanders face bill shock as electricity fixed prices surge

Households across Queensland are in shock as they open their latest electricity bills and find out they have been slugged up to $428 for ‘fixed’ electricity network charges, according to Solar Citizens. The Queensland Competition Authority raised fixed electricity network charges by more than 20 per cent from July 1 (12 August 2015)

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Adani Carmichael mine: Commonwealth Bank walks away from financial adviser role for $16 billion coal mine project in central Queensland

The Commonwealth Bank has pulled out of its role as financial adviser to the controversial $16 billion Adani coal mine project in central Queensland, after the Federal Court put development on hold (07 August 2015)

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Published – Articles, Papers, Reports

AER Quarterly compliance report: National Electricity and Gas Laws: June 2015

The report summarises the AER’s compliance monitoring and enforcement activities in the wholesale electricity and gas markets during the April-June 2015 period. It provides an overview of the results of investigations, compliance audits and projects undertaken during the quarter (17 August 2015)

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Regulation of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Permits and Approvals: ANAO

The objective of this ANAO audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s regulation of permits and approvals within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (13 August 2015)

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Select Committee on Wind Turbines final report

The committee recommends the creation of an Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Industrial Sound responsible for providing research and advice to the Minister for the Environment on the impact on human health of audible noise and infrasound from wind turbines (03 August 2015)

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Strategically using public housing assets could transform our middle suburbs

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute; Shane Murray et al
This project sought to address three areas of policy concern in relation to dispersed and ageing public housing properties in inner and middle ring suburbs: how to find new ways to accommodate population increases; how to create affordable and diverse housing options; how to manage ageing housing stock, and how to maximise the use of existing infrastructure and amenity (31 July 2015)

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In Practice and Courts

Draft policy statement: advanced environmental offsets under the EPBC Act

The Australian Government has released a draft policy statement providing guidance on the use of advanced offsets under the EPBC Act. The statement should be read in conjunction with the EPBC Act environmental offsets policy and the How to use the offsets assessment guide (17 August 2015)

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Clarification: statement from the Climate Change Authority

In relation to the statement issued by the Chair of the Climate Change Authority, the Department of the Environment notes by way of clarification that: In its Final Report on Australia’s Future Emissions Reduction Targets, the Authority confirms its preliminary recommendations of a target reduction in emissions by 2030 of 40 to 60 per cent below 2000 levels (14 August 2015)

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