Joe Lenzo

Council offers its support to AGDF

IN a move to help improve the ecology of Australia’s cities, the Property Council of Australia has formally offered its support to the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF).

Government turns its back on CBD region

THE State Government is neglecting the interests of Perth’s CBD region, placing jobs and small businesses at risk.

Mixed signals from Government on labour relations

PROPERTY owners and developers face uncertain times – and labour relations is one issue that could well cause headaches over coming months.

Time to ease rule burden

IT is time for the new WA Govern-ment to drop the regulatory burden on the property industry.The Coalition did not adequately address issues important to the property industry in the late 1990s.

Hallowed halls of learning

IT is a long-standing tradition that there should be at least one pub on each university campus.The University of Notre Dame has turned this tradition on its head, recently transforming the century-old Fremantle P&O Hotel into a campus.

Act changes allow architects to block alterations

AUSTRALIA’S capacity for fast-tracking the world’s worst practice legislation has received another boost.The Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000 amends the Copyright Act 1968.

Victoria sets standards for tax reform

WA must take notice of the Victorian Review of State Business Taxes, which has set the standard in business tax reforms in Australia.

Construction faces hard Labor

LABOR is committed to abolishing the Building and Construction Industry Task Force. This raises the issue of what steps it will take to address the current industrial action in the construction industry.

Stamp out stamp duty

THE pre-election commitment to the Property Council, by the new Labor Government, to undertake a State business tax review within the first year of its term presents the property industry with the best opportunity to achieve a more balanced tax regime...

Northbridge optimism grows

OPTIMISM is growing among Northbridge landowners as the Northbridge renewal project begins to take shape.It was enough to make Supermail boss Bradley Moore and new-found Supermail tenant Hatch to take an interest in the area.

Trading leads retail reform

THE National Competition Council this week released a comprehensive stocktake of reforms undertaken by various State governments, as part of their yearly review of progress by States in implementing reform under the Hilmer competition policy agenda.

Extra supply key to cut power bill

POWER consumers in WA face further delays until benefits of electricity market deregulation become evident.

Green buildings to star

THE Property Council in WA is committed to assisting commercial property owners slash energy costs and greenhouse emissions.

Ruling on rent review

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has handed down its ruling on commercial rent reviews, permitting property owners to use an independently published underlying inflation rate when adjusting future consumer price index linked rents

Shopping centre cheifs probe issues

LEASE legislation, trading hours and retailer relations were nominated as the major challenges facing the shopping centre industry at a conference in Sydney recently.Fifty industry leaders discussed these issues at the Shopping Centre Council of Austral

Act to clarify building access

THE Property Council has received conformation that the Federal Government proposes to amend the Telecommunications Act, to clarify building access rights for telecommunications firms...

New Act ‘too complex’

THE Federal Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act which imposes a potential fine of $5 million or seven years jail for developers who fail to comply started on July 16.

Energy efficiency deal signed

LAST week, the Australian Greenhouse Office and the Australian Building Codes Board signed an agreement to introduce energy efficiency measures into the Building Code of Australia.

Council role affirmed

THE Property Council of Australia’s role in economic, industrial and legislative reform has recently been reaffirmed in our dealings with the WA Government.

Projects bring back cranes

THREE projects are set to see cranes return in numbers to Perth’s skyline after a decade-long hiatus, contributing over $650 million to the WA property industry.

Property props up WA finances

The recent State budget confirmed the continued reliance of the State Government on the property industry for revenue.

Mining opportunity for Perth

PERTH has the opportunity to capitalise on its success in developing a world leading mining services sector.

Telecom growth brings good news

Telecommunications growth appears set to continue which is good news for the property industry.

Tax on tax still angers

LAST October, the WA Government introduced the Financial Relations Agreement Bill which, among other things, introduced the levying of stamp duty on GST-inclusive property transactions.

Commercials fear emissions

The commercial building sector is currently responsible for 5 per cent of Australia’s total energy consumption and approximately 10 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.

Risk management only Y2K answer

AS THE new millennium draws closer and closer, there is no escaping the Y2K issues.

Council claims gearing success

HERE’S the latest Ralph report sleeper for those with property interests to consider.

Heritage rules need settling

THE Heritage Bill 1999 is currently making its way through the State parliamentary machine.

Double tax on property must stop

The Financial Relations Agreement Bill, which is currently before the WA Lower House, proposes to include stamp duties in GST calculations.

Ralph review is given the thumbs up

The Government’s response to the Ralph Report looks good for the property industry.

Lease document tells only part

OVER the past two years there has been a fundamental shift in the landlord-tenant relationship in commercial leasing.No longer can the lease document be regarded as the entire agreement.