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Man of Steel: Billionaire Sets out to Revive Whyalla

The British billionaire steel magnate Sanjeev Gupta recently revealed his plan to revive the decaying steel town of Whyalla in South Australia into a thriving metropolis. 

“We have a place which has all the natural resources required to make steel, we have the best natural resources for renewable energy, we have great infrastructure including a unique port, and most of all, we have a workforce who was willing to fight for destiny itself.…

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Construction Tech Highlights of 2018

This year has seen construction technology pick up speed in Australia. More construction companies than ever before are embracing technology and many others are looking at new and unique ways to increase safety, collaboration and proficiency in the industry.…

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Construction Tech Trends for 2019 and Beyond

A few years ago, it would be the stuff of science fiction to imagine designing a home using virtual reality. Now, however, homeowners and developers can immerse themselves in a virtual environment while their building is still in the planning stage.…

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Marsden Park’s Massive Transformation

Development of Sydney’s North West Growth Precinct continues at a rapid pace, with the NSW Government approving new 107,500sqm logistics and development facilities at Marsden Park.

The announcement comes shortly after the Government announced its intention to build 6,200 new homes in the area over the coming 20 years.…

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Sydney Aerotropolis: The City of the Future

From high-spec laboratories and mid-rise residential estates to a zero-carbon World Trade Centre, the Sydney Aerotropolis is shaping up to be one of Australia’s most diverse and substantial construction undertakings.

It will actually be one of the first new Australian cities planned from the ground up since Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin envisioned the plan for Canberra.…

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Reaching New Heights With Construction Technology

Towers are becoming more and more sought after throughout Australia. This is largely due to the growing popularity of city living. For many, the suburbs just can't compete with the vibrancy and culture that inner cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne can provide. 

Still, the delivery of these magnificent skyscrapers pose a number of challenges.…

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Global Labour Shortage Growing Concern

The latest Rider Levett Bucknall International Report has highlighted labour shortages as a growing concern for the construction sector across all advanced economies.

“Over the past 20 years, employment trends for the construction industry in these regions illustrate a workforce that is ageing,” RLB Global Chairman Stephen Mee commented.…

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Melbourne’s Superhighway Gets Green Light

Infrastructure Australia has given Melbourne’s North East Link the go-ahead, approving the government’s business case for the $15.8 billion toll road. Australia’s peak infrastructure body marked the project as a high priority and recently added it to the list of nationally significant investments. 

The Federal Government will contribute $1.75 billion to the road which is forecast to reduce travel times between the M80 and Eastern Freeway by as much as 30 minutes.…

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Old Building Materials Find a New Life

For eco-conscious projects, using recycled materials is a fundamental strategy. When the recycling process itself is a low-energy one, it results in a major win in terms of reducing the carbon footprint of a project and diverting materials that were otherwise destined for landfill.…

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Saving Endangered Eagles Through Smart Technology

Goldwind Australia’s Cattle Hill Wind Farm will employ new technology to prevent wedge-tailed eagles colliding with rotating wind turbines. Cattle Hill, currently under construction, is the first wind farm in Australia to install the high-tech IdentiFlight aerial monitoring and detection system to mitigate the impact on the rare raptor.…

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AIA Winners Come in all Shapes and Sizes

The winners of this year’s Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards demonstrate that projects in regional areas are as diverse as they are unique. From small-footprint projects and adaptive re-use or redevelopment projects, they all absolutely shine.…

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Multicultural Infrastructure Plan Unveiled

The Victorian Government has announced a $7.5 million Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund (MCIF) to support Victorian communities to feel connected with their culture. It is the largest government multicultural Infrastructure grant program in Australia, and this year, 45 community organisations will share the grant.…

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Five Minutes to Better Quality

Improving build quality doesn’t have to mean adding a fortune to the budget bottom line. According to Master Builders Victoria Sustainable Building Advisor, Dr Phil Alviano, taking “five minutes of care” can deliver major wins in terms of compliance and quality.…

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Changing Lives for the Better with Livable Design

While many developers are embracing the latest green designs in their buildings, we are now hoping that more will consider 'livable options' in the design phase.

Livable options incorporate some simple design changes that will be of considerable help when it comes to meeting the needs of Australian occupants better.…

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AILA Awards Highlight Green Building

The winners of this year’s Australian Institute of Architects National Awards highlight the way green infrastructure is becoming “embedded into projects as the norm,” according to National Jury Chair, Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard.…

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Challenges of Australia’s Ageing Pipelines

When a pipeline blows, it makes the news. In some cases for the footage of water shooting metres into the sky, but in the case of gases and volatile fuels, it is for the horrendous damage to property and the environment, so it is little wonder, that numerous companies and tertiary institutions spend a lot of time and money trying to resolve the issue before it gets to that point.…

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How Your Architect Can Help You Have a Safer Worksite

When it comes to reducing injuries and deaths in the construction industry, there is a growing emphasis on the use of Safety by Design principles. The goal is to take the highest order approach to reducing risks by designing buildings and construction methodologies in a way that makes the process of construction a safer one.…

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Take a Safety Moment for your Wellbeing

October is National Safe Work Month, and Safe Work Australia has been encouraging everyone to “take a safety moment” to reduce the risk of injury in their workplace.

According to WorkSafe data, in 2017, 191 people went to work and never came home, losing their lives in workplace accidents.…

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Sydney’s North Hits New Hot Spots

The $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest development is part of a much-needed plan to upgrade infrastructure in Sydney's North. With the area moving forward with numerous apartment blocks currently under construction, the region is attracting a growing population, and in turn, reliable infrastructure is needed to support such growth.…

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Accessible Housing Requirements to be Examined

With minimum accessible design specifications being considered as a new requirement for residential dwellings in the National Construction Code in 2022, the Australian Building Codes Board is calling for industry feedback on its Accessible Housing Options Paper.…

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St James Station’s Ghostly Train Tunnels Given New Life

Abandoned train tunnels and underground platforms at Sydney’s St James Station will be revived into restaurants and retail under a New South Wales Government bid to increase tourism. It is seeking expressions of interest from national and international developers to turn the abandoned, and somewhat creepy, space into a world-class destination.…

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How to Keep Even the Most Disgruntled Neighbors Happy

Keeping a project’s program on track is crucial, which is why managing community engagement effectively is so important. As Kylie Cochrane, Aurecon’s Managing Principal, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, tells Jobsite, community outrage is capable of derailing both a project’s workflow and its site.…

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