Cities
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Sydney’s and Adelaide’s ‘liveable city’ urban plans have one big flaw

Two of Australia’s leading strategic urban plans could be used or expanded to do much more to promote better places to live for all residents, according to a new report In-depth assessments of the Thirty Year Plan for Greater Adelaide 2017 (TYPGA)  found it is not doing enough to address social and health issues due to a bias towards economic progress, while New South Wales Long Term Transport Master Plan 2012 (NSWLTMP) has a narrow focus on improving transport rather than raising social determinants of health. Continue →
Communication
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New Zealand’s new advanced communications network promises major industry benefits

A state-of-the-art digital communications network being rolled out in New Zealand will enable industries to reach new levels of safety and productivity The network will be powered by Motorola Solutions’ advanced, MOTOTRBO Capacity Max technology providing highly secure, reliable and professional two-way radio solutions that give users access to feature-rich, next-generation networks and applications. Continue →

Construction
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Why we need more ‘shovel-ready’ projects

The Government’s plans to bring projects forward and lift spending on significant infrastructure projects in the short to medium term is welcome news for Kiwi civil contractors and communities, says Civil Contractors New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s weekend announcement to “significantly increase spending on infrastructure” was welcome news for communities, contractors and their employees, and recognised infrastructure’s importance in boosting the economy and improving living standards. Continue →
Energy
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Electric Vehicles to exceed 100 million by 2029

The Surge in Battery Electric Vehicles presents challenges to the energy industry and opportunities for Transmission System Operators After decades as a high-cost, low-volume rounding error of global vehicle sales, electric powertrains are now in the ascendancy. Continue →

Environment
Local Government
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Infrastructure sector calls for transformational government reform

Three-quarters of the infrastructure sector have called for transformation, rather than incremental change, of the culture and incentives between central and local government to work together to promote national well-being, says Infrastructure NZ CEO Paul Blair Infrastructure NZ today released the results of Beca-sponsored polling taken during the 2019 Building Nations Symposium from 21-23 August. Continue →

Transport
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Sydney to construct new world-class airport

Plans for the new $5.3 billion Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport are underway, which will meet the city’s growing aviation needs The terminal building will be designed by an architectural team consisting of London-based Zaha Hadid Architects and Cox Architecture in Sydney. Continue →




Water
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The fundamental problem with New Zealand’s water regulation

The decision to establish an independent drinking water regulator is very positive and will help bring New Zealand’s water services up to international standards, but the absence of user charges leaves a significant gap in national water policy which needs to be filled, says Infrastructure New Zealand CEO Paul Blair Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Health Minister David Clark announced that the Government will establish an independent drinking water regulator, likely in 2020. Continue →
Compliance & Legal
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Kensington Swan to combine with the world’s largest law firm

Leading law firm Kensington Swan has announced that it intends to combine with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm Kensington Swan is recognised as a leader in the financial markets, infrastructure and government sectors and has a strong reputation in the environment, education, FMCG, manufacturing, healthcare and energy sectors. Continue →