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Greater protection needed for vital infrastructure corridors

Infrastructure Australia has launched a new policy paper compelling Australian governments to act to protect vital infrastructure corridors and avoid cost overruns, delays and community disruption when delivering new infrastructure. The third paper released as part of Infrastructure Australia’s Reform Series, Corridor Protection: Planning and investing for the long term, shows that protection and early […]

Australian guideline influence cross-border parcel deliveries

Following the release of the Australian Freight Labelling Guideline in March 2016, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has chosen the GS1 Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) to help transform cross-border parcel deliveries to and from Europe. Based on GS1 global supply chain standards and best practice, the Australian Freight Labelling Guideline provides guidance to […]

Beyond tolls: new alternatives for funding our roads

Toll roads in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane historically have been a response to government’s desires to improve infrastructure through participation of the private sector. This served to remove debt from state government accounts while opening up opportunities for private equity into what are still believed in the main to be attractive commercial investments. But the timing is right to look at new alternatives for road funding.

What the Finkel report means for Australia’s energy

A Clean Energy Target and a NEM-wide integrated grid plan, and increased notice for generator closure, are among the recommendations handed down by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, in the final report of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market. The review was commissioned by federal and state energy […]

Let’s not leave a critical infrastructure time bomb

Almost a decade ago, in response to the millennium drought, there was heated debate within Australia about water supply. Today, the issue is the provision of reliable and affordable baseload power to our major cities. Instead of relying on emergency responses like we did in the 2000s – like the construction of desalination plants – this time, demographer Bernard Salt is urging the infrastructure industry to adopt a long-term solution to our energy and water supply issues.

South Australia updates 30 Year Plan

The 30 year plan for Greater Adelaide, a pre-eminent strategic land use plan that guides the long-term growth of Adelaide and surrounds, has been updated with amendments highlighting the importance of good quality design. Development Plan Amendments (DPA) are proposed, with a strong focus on design quality and the interface between new buildings and their […]

Franchising public transport could save $15.5 billion

Infrastructure Australia has released new data outlining potential savings of up to $15.5 billion by 2040 if Australia’s government operated bus and rail services were subject to competitive tender processes, with the money reinvested into new transport services. The findings are published in the latest paper in Infrastructure Australia’s Reform Series, Improving Public Transport: Customer […]

Sustainability assessment tool for road transport asset management practice

by Prageeth Gunarathna and Rayya Hassan In the last two decades, road transport agencies have been facing a challenging task to balance the provision of efficient services with limited resources, while at the same time addressing road transport-related negative impacts on sustainable development. Road transportation asset management (RTAM) plays a major role in facilitating the […]

Sydney’s action plan for climate change and digital infrastructure

The City of Sydney council has unanimously backed the updated Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan, with a reinforced commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, and plans to work with the private sector to deliver smart digital infrastructure in order to meet targets. Adopted in 2008, Sustainable Sydney 2030 is an action plan for a green, […]

What the federal budget means for utilities?

The 2017 Federal Budget has outlined a $265 million energy package aimed at ensuring Australia maintains a secure, reliable and competitive energy system into the future. The Federal Government said the measures in the energy package will set Australia up for a modern and dynamic energy system, allowing the country to keep pace with changing […]

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