Future design

A SUSTAINABLE and secure future is central to the Designing Futures symposium in Perth this week. The launch of Designing Futures marks the beginning of a long-term project aimed at developing relationships and networks and fostering a design culture in Australia. It was the ambitious, innovative nature of the project that appealed to one of the events major sponsors, Rio Tinto. The mining giant has committed $150,000 to the project from its $2 million WA Futures Fund launched last year. Full report, Page 4.

Export opportunities driving market plan

PERTH Market City, the main market for WA’s fruit and vegetables and home to 21 agents, could become home to just a single super agency. The Perth Markets site handles between 60 per cent and 70 per cent of WA’s fruit and vegetables. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Kim Chance said he saw a need for a single agency at the PMC that had the capacity to put together large consignments for overseas markets. Full report, Page 5.

Scheme concerns peaking

THE draft City Planning Scheme Number 2 (CPS2) has attracted some unwanted attention as concerns about the development potential of the city and Northbridge gather momentum. The CPS2, which has been formulated over more than a decade, has recently been sent to Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan for approval. The Property Council of Australia (WA Division) has contacted the City of Perth to outline its concerns about the issues of setbacks and plot ratio bonuses in the city. Full report, Page 6.

Ruling points to NT negotiation

MANY analysts and industry players are still trying to understand the implications of last week’s High Court judgment on Native Title claims over land in the far north-east of the State. What was immediately clear, however, was that, under the State’s laws, Native Title has been deemed to co-exist with both pastoral and mining leases, but not to extend to the right to control access to land. The 400-page appeal judgment also confirmed there were no Native Title rights to, or interest in, minerals and petroleum in WA.

Chamber of Minerals and Energy (WA) president Peter Lalor said the certainty that the State retained ownership to mineral and petroleum rights and that the royalties payments system for mining would continue was the most important outcome of the case. Full report, Page 10.

Employer groups queried

WHILE unions such as the militant Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, have borne the brunt of accusations regarding misconduct in the Royal Commission into the Building and Construction industry, similar accusations are beginning to be levelled at employer groups. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s name has been mentioned on numerous occasions in the royal commission – both by witnesses and Commissioner Terrence Cole QC. The chamber has been shown to be a party in many of the disputes investigated by the commission.

Full report, Page 13.

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