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Construction to begin on $11 billion Western Sydney airport metro line

Construction will begin this year on a metro line linking the new Western Sydney airport and St Marys railway station, after a $5.25 billion injection from the Federal Government announced today. Two new metro stations will also be built at Luddenham and Orchard Hills as part of th...

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Chinese-Australian property investors stand to lose millions in collapse of apartment developer Ralan Group

Property developer Ralan Group's collapse has left thousands of investors facing financial ruin PHOTO: Former Ralan salesman Stanley Xie. (ABC News: Jerry Rickard) Stanley Xie feels angry and frustrated. Most of all, he feels a sense of guilt. “Because of me, they lost their ...

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Zetland apartments abandoned in secret evacuation over 'severe' defects

An inner Sydney apartment building remains abandoned eight months after its occupants were evacuated over water and fire safety defects, in revelations expected to deliver a fresh blow to confidence in the city's building standards. An inner Sydney apartment building remains abandoned eight mo...

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'It hasn't worked': Premier admits Sydney's building industry is failing

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the system of regulation in the building industry is not working after the Herald revealed the evacuation of a third apartment building in Sydney. Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the system of regulation in the building industry is not working after&nb...

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'It hasn't worked' Premier admits Sydney's building industry is failing

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the system of regulation in the building industry is not working after the Herald revealed the evacuation of a third apartment building in Sydney. Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the system of regulation in the building industry is not working after&nb...

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Green light for $650 million Sydney's Cockle Bay project

$649 million redevelopment in Sydney’s Cockle Bay, announced more than three years ago but left up in the air due to overshadowing concerns, has been given the green light by the state’s independent planning commission. A $649 million redevelopment in Sydney’s Cockle Bay, a...

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Australia’s Population Becoming More Diverse

Migration data which was recently released by the ABS showed that as of June 2018, an estimated 17,650,130 residents of Australia were born in Australia. Migration data which was recently released by the ABS showed that as of June 2018, an estimated 17,650,130 residents of Australia were bor...

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Maitland's new $43 million civic precinct will include the iconic Town Hall Cafe building

One of the city’s oldest commercial buildings will be incorporated into Maitland City Council’s $43 million civic precinct development which will include significant improvements to the town hall and the construction of a new administration building. General Manager D...

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Macquarie Park to get new $750m business district

A new commercial development at Macquarie Park has been labelled “Australia’s first community business district” by the developers who will commit $750 million to the project. A new commercial development labelled “Australia’s first community business district&r...

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Subcontractors are the human face of a construction industry in crisis

The construction industry is one of the backbones of the nation's economy and, in recent years, residential building on the east coast has been a key driver of growth.   Key points: Almost 1,700 construction businesses went bust last year, with big companies starting to fail Subc...

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NSW Government to crack down on dodgy building certifiers following Opal Tower saga

The NSW Government has announced a crackdown on dodgy building certifiers as it tries to manage the fallout from Sydney's Opal Tower fiasco.   Key points: Up to 30 per cent of certification work will be audited in NSW every year Corrupt certifiers or those who have negligently si...

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GR Homes liquidation leaves Hunter family in limbo

Mayfield’s Ruth Larkin and Amie Wilson were excited to hear in September that their new home, which had been under construction for the past 12 months, would be completed early. But just two months later, they fear they will soon have nowhere to live.  ...

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Australian sustainable design The challenges, what we’re getting right, and where to from here

The drive behind building more environmentally friendly residential homes is coming from individuals, not government bodies, and cookie-cutter developments are holding us back, according to a think tank assembled to address the issue of implementing sustainable design. The chair of the discuss...

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Why your house is freezing in winter, and how to warm it up

Winter is here, and while you may be looking forward to a season of mulled wine and woolly jumpers, you’re probably less excited about months of huddling around your living room heater. If we live in a “sunburnt country”, then why do some of our houses feel so cold? Poor bui...

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DA vs CDC – Which one for me?

A DA (Development Application) refers to the process where Development Consent is required from Council in order to build something on your property – e.g. a new house, an extension or a deck. In some instances where strict, pre-determined criteria are met and the property ...

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Development Applications(DA), Complying Development Certificates (CDC) and Section 94 Contributions

DA, CDC and Section 94 Explained Two of the most asked about topics that often comes up when starting the planning process  are “What is the difference between a Development Application (DA) and a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)? and ” What are Section 94 Contributio...

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Dual Occupancy- What are they and Why are they so great?

What is a Duplex? What is a Dual Occupancy? Are there differences? Koala Invest strives to find the best solution for the rental market, and in doing so, we present a large percentage of our listings as Dual Occupancy or Duplex style housing. The following will give a brief overview of Dual ...

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12 Most Commonly Forgotten Hidden Costs when Building

Some of these may seem obvious but they are often forgotten When building any Property- Investment or not, it’s easy to miss costs which are not always obvious. Some of these additional costs can be expensive and may even create delays for tenants to be found or for you to move in. Mos...

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Is hiring a home inspector to inspect every accessible area really needed

Do you want to get your building that you are planning to buy inspected? Then, you need to hire an expert and professional Building Inspections Adelaide who will identify the hidden defects in the building  that would otherwise ignored by you. Basically, these defects will help you to get ...

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