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  • UDIA (Qld) delivers important industry messages

    UDIA (Qld) CEO Marina Vit delivered a message on behalf of our members at a boardroom luncheon attended by the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Treasurer, Curtis Pitt this week.

    Marina stressed the importance of policy certainty and industry confidence in ensuring a healthy property development sector, which in turn provided for a strong economy and the creation of jobs for Queenslanders.

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  • Reduced charges to stimulate student accommodation

    The UDIA (Qld) congratulates Brisbane City Council and Queensland Urban Utilities on their decision to reduce infrastructure charges for student accommodation in inner Brisbane.

    Providing higher education to international students is Australia’s fourth largest export sector and this initiative will help developers deliver well located and more affordable accommodation for these students. Plus, it will continue to boost Brisbane’s international appeal as a student hotspot.

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  • Property Market Movement Report released: Cairns residential values up 12.9%

    The Department of Natural Resources and Mines has released the Valuer-General’s Property Market Movement Report 2015. A copy of the accompanying media release can be found here. The Report provides an overview of the change in property values across Queensland and across land use types. This Report accompanies the release of annual statutory land valuations for each local government authority.

    The Report also stated that median residential and multi-unit values have improved – particularly in South East Queensland. Cairn’s median residential values are up by 12.9% with multi-unit values increasing 1.7%.

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  • New NBN Greenfield Rollout Plan to Commence 1 March 2015

    The Federal Government’s new policy for the rollout of the NBN in greenfield areas is due to come into effect from 1 March 2015.  While the final policy is still yet to be announced by the Government, UDIA understands that it will, for the most part, remain largely unchanged from the draft policy, which is available in full here.

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  • Home ownership for the next generation

    The Reserve Bank of Australia Governor, Glenn Stevens sent a message to policy makers at the biannual House of Representatives Economics Committee hearing, insisting more needs to be done to improve the affordability of land.

    The Governor, in response to questions from a school student about how their generation could afford to purchase a home, had this to say –

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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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