Victoria’s home energy upgrades come at the right time

Governments should be investing in home energy upgrades, now. Improving home energy efficiency is a good investment at the best of times: it cuts power bills, makes homes healthier, and reduces emissions. But the Coronavirus pandemic and the job losses it has caused mean that now is a particularly important moment for governments to back […]

Inception Strategies – a high end comms business with a strong eye on procurement

This high end communications and media business is known for its television production ads, graphic design and events, and it hires a raft of illustrators, filmmakers and audio engineers. Today it’s branched into the ballooning procurement advisory business, especially in construction and infrastructure. Damian Amamoo and his wife Elsie are the owners of Inception Strategies […]

Cruising down the road to Donald Horne’s Lucky Country

OPINION:  For near on 30 years we have cruised down the road of economic growth feasting on the fruits of the “lucky country”.  Sure, there were a few speed bumps along the way, a few wrong turns, and more than a few prime ministers, but it was mostly smooth sailing.  Hit in the face by […]

What just happened? How we need to be investing in a responsible recovery

As we suspended business as usual during the pandemic what’s impossible to ignore is that “responsible investment strategies, that is, those that more actively factor in social and environmental risks in their decisions, outperformed the broader market during this downturn, and not for the first time. “ Initial Reaction: For investment teams responsible for the […]

A movement that stands up for nature is in growth mode

Environmental organisations are ramping up their activities in the wake of the recent fires, The Wilderness Society among them. TWS is planning to tap consumer sentiment to choose the right products such as recycled fibre, and it wants to grow its network, that currently has a branch in nearly every major city. “We’re looking to […]

NSW can have water or fossil fuels but not both

SAVING WATER, summer series:Decisions to push ahead with coal and coal seam gas (CSG) projects in NSW and Queensland are entirely at odds with ensuring good management of water supplies and reducing carbon emissions.

Government must connect to a renewable future

Federal energy minister Angus Taylor has finally called the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council meeting this weekend. Let’s hope the meeting is not in vain.

Large-scale solar isn’t warming all farming hearts

There’s a battle brewing in the bush not only around water – or lack thereof – but around solar, and whether it has any business taking over farmland.

We’re going to miss David Chandler

The Daily Tele was shocked at how David Chandler’s articles in The Fifth Estate have been so critical of the government but he still gets the gig as building commissioner.

On why the government cares, it really really cares… A bit

PM Scott Morrison has announced he will tackle plastic recycling. Good. It’s ugly. It’s also politically safe topic thanks to the rapid escalation of concern that a single program, The War on Waste managed to churn up among the mums and dads of everywhere.

Five important ways the federal leadership could show leadership

The federal government keeps pushing back on taking responsibility for major national infrastructure centred on cities. But there are five good reasons it needs to reassess and take a leadership position.

Philip Thalis on Sydney’s future: public treasures or throwaway junk buildings?

The nature of Sydney’s built environment and its brand has been under siege from a range of critics in recent years. Now renowned architect and City of Sydney councillor Philip Thalis has waded into the fray with a searing look at what will happen to public Sydney under the current regime of how it treats its built environment.

NABERS – the wrap and the new goals 

NABERS has a new vision for the future, with its new five-year strategy going live last week. A few experts offered their thoughts on the journey of the national rating tool so far and what they hope to see going forward.

PFAS update & do we need a federal EPA?

According to Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Christine Covington it’s probably time for federal environmental protection agency. And one of its first jobs could be to implement the recommendations of the federal Inquiry into the PFAS chemical contamination that comes from fire retardant chemicals used by defence and fire fighting agencies Covington is not alone. In […]

Five ways cities can step up on climate change

New leaders are emerging to meet the climate challenge. Cities and towns in Australia and across the world are taking charge of their future and moving swiftly to reduce their climate impact and secure a clean energy future for their residents.

Gov on how to make waste sexy while industry and states ask for incentives

New national waste targets, including the phasing out of “problematic and unnecessary” single-use plastic packaging sound right on cue with the current mood among voters and consumer. But key industry players and some state government leaders wondering who will foot the bill? 

Queensland joins Victoria in clean energy crusade

State and territory governments are leading the charge on the renewables transition while the Commonwealth is falling short. Latest news in the sector is the Queensland government’s launch of the state’s new publicly owned renewable energy generator last week.

How construction can improve social value

A movement is underway in the UK to encourage the construction industry to do more to improve civil society cohesion and ethics. This is steering the direction of Government legislation.