New South Wales

The construction industry through the lens of the Opal Tower

The NSW state’s construction industry is out of control. We need a NSW Commission of Inquiry. And we need Rowena Orr to run it. And we need it to be state based so that the politicians and bureaucrats can’t hide behind national inquires. 

Private property owners lose epic Byron Bay seawall case

Private property owners lose epic Byron Bay seawall case

In a win for Byron Bay beachgoers, the NSW Land and Environment Court has rejected an appeal from three coastal property owners to repair failing seawalls on Belongil Beach with 900 tonnes of rock on the grounds that the finished product would restrict public access and use of the beach.

How designers are ignoring climate with their concrete, glass and steel

How designers are ignoring climate with their concrete, glass and steel

Opinion: Beauty still trumps sustainability for many critics of the built environment, despite the looming threat of climate change outlined in the latest IPCC report. Michael Mobbs reminds us that it’s very possible, and preferable, to do both at once.

Waste crusade wins First State Super top CitySwitch award

First State Super’s first-ever “war on waste” challenge to teach staff to curb office waste has won the not-for-profit superannuation fund the Signatory of the Year (over 2000 square metres) award at this year’s National CitySwitch Awards.

Our pick of the jobs: promises on new rail keep rolling

The infrastructure boom shows no sign of slowing in Australia’s major capital cities, with the NSW Berejiklian government today (Thursday) promising a fast speed rail network to connect the CBD to at least four key regions within 300 kilometres of the city.

Selling swimmability to spark the urban river clean ups

Selling swimmability to spark urban river clean ups

Not all rivers are suitable for swimming – there are sharks and other flesh eating animals to contend with in some places – but the benefits of a healthy river range much further with improvements to the ecology, heat island effect and recreational opportunities

Aged Care portfolio on solar and LED blitz

Aged Care portfolio on solar and LED blitz

One of Australia’s biggest energy efficiency programs in the energy-intensive aged care sector is underway, with Verdia outfitting 54 Opal Aged Care properties on the easter seaboard with LED lights and solar panels.