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  • Redeveloping ageing buildings

    We recently lodged a submission calling for Body Corporate Law Reforms to make it easier for ageing buildings to be redeveloped.

    These reforms are fundamental to achieving the housing needs of Queensland’s growing population by supporting urban renewal and meeting community expectations in relation to sustainability, building safety and amenity.

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  • Rethinking the proposed NBN policies

    The Federal Department of Communications recently issued a draft document which outlined its preferred policy for the rollout of the NBN in greenfield areas. The UDIA National office has responded by asking the Government to rethink the proposed policies. The UDIA National office believes aspects of the policy represent cost shifting from NBN Co to new home buyers which will effect housing affordability - particularly in greenfield estates that require significant backhaul.

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  • Planning for Queensland

    On behalf of our members we have put forward further recommendations to improve planning laws, planning schemes, processes and cultural matters in our 2015 Advocacy Agenda, ‘Building Better Communities’.

    Since 2012, planning laws and processes have been the subject of reform. We support this action but believe there is still a way to go. Planning schemes and development assessment practices/processes at a local government level have at times hindered the delivery of diverse and affordable housing. We believe planning reform efforts need to focus on ensuring that local planning schemes, local processes and policies deliver on the State’s interest. This includes the intent of planning legislation, as well as the broader interests of the wider community, the economy and Queensland’s next generation of home buyers.

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  • Tackling affordability with increased land supply and infrastructure

    In order to accommodate Queensland’s predicted population growth, without affecting housing affordability, the UDIA (Qld) believes there needs to be a readily available supply of land that is free of constraints - offering buyers’ choice in location, product and price. On behalf of members, the UDIA (Qld) has put forward this recommendation in the UDIA (Qld)’s 2015 Advocacy Agenda, ‘Building Better Communities’.

    We have also met and discussed our 2015 Advocacy Agenda, ‘Building Better Communities’ with both government and opposition during the campaign period.

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  • Tax reform will deliver affordable housing

    Last week the ALP and LNP both promised no new taxes and both made statements that suggest that there would be no overall increase in the general tax burden in Queensland. The LNP also promised to continue to raise the payroll tax free threshold to $1.4m over the next three years (up from $1.1m).

    The Institute agrees that an overall increase in the tax burden in Queensland is not the answer.

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  • Koala referral guidelines adopted

    The Federal Government has released finalised referral guidelines to assist the industry when developing land in regions with Koala populations. These materials, including guidelines, maps and factsheets, support the decision to list the Koala as 'Vulnerable' under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in 2012.

    The guidelines, maps and fact sheets provide much needed guidance and have a significant impact on numerous projects and potential development sites across Queensland.

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