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Inside Track: Construction & Infrastructure – in the media, in practice & in courts and cases

February 23, 2021


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In the media

Building Stronger Homes Roundtable generates ideas to support homes against natural disasters
The Roundtable on Building Stronger Homes, convened by the Insurance Council of Australia and Master Builders Australia, has proposed a number of disaster risk reduction and resilience initiatives to help strengthen existing homes and communities against extreme weather events (February 19, 2021). More…

Housing construction eclipsed records
The construction of new houses will reach a record high this year. However, there are concerns that this boom may be short-lived. Demographic change and HomeBuilder have increased that number, however, land restrictions will restrict new builds, according to HIA (February 18, 2021). More…

New South Wales

Developers forced to fix bugs after the commissioner exercises new powers
The New South Wales Building Commissioner has shown that he will not hesitate to use one of his strongest powers to clean up the construction industry and issue prohibitive orders on multiple projects (February 19, 2021). More…

The New South Wales Government is beginning a high-risk disguise removal process
The New South Wales government has released further details on the project to facilitate the removal of high-risk combustible linings from homes across the state. Project Remediate would provide 10 year interest-free loans to Owners Corporations to enable and expedite the safe removal of high risk disguise (February 11, 2021). More…


CSIRO and the Queensland Government publish a 10-step guide to building bushfire resilience
In collaboration with the Queensland Government, CSIRO has developed a 10-step Bushfire Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes. The steps of the new bushfire guidelines begin with learning the “basics” of bushfires and their behavior, and culminate in maintaining the characteristics of bushfires (February 18, 2021). More…

Toowoomba’s new regional commercial distribution center is on its way to completion in 2021
The construction of the Toowoomba Wellcamp Commercial Distribution Center at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport (February 16, 2021) is underway. More…

The construction of the Gold Coast development is expected to create 1,800 jobs
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk officially broke ground for a $ 400 million development on the Gold Coast (February 12, 2021). More…

City traffic in Brisbane is deteriorating due to the big building boom
With a dozen major construction projects in Brisbane, city council fears the congestion will worsen (February 10, 2021). More…

Construction of the Brisbane Cross River railway station begins
Construction of another Cross River Rail location – Brisbane’s new exhibition station on the RNA Showgrounds – has begun, which will provide year-round trains to the busy area. The new station is part of the Queensland government’s $ 50 billion infrastructure pipeline over the next four years (February 10, 2021). More…


Geelong Future Economy Precinct is approaching the finish line
The Geelong Future Economy Precinct in Waurn Ponds is now one step closer to completion as Keystone Civil received the last remaining tender to build the Epworth Place extension (February 17, 2021). More…

The builders were stunned by the decision to stop regional construction in the Victorian lockdown
Victorian builders say the state’s latest five-day lockdown rules are exaggerated, especially for the Victoria regional area, where work has just stalled as it returned to normal (Feb.15, 2021). More…

The billion dollar West Gate Tunnel was delayed by two years as the political stalemate persists
Melbourne’s troubled West Gate Tunnel won’t be completed until 2024, two years behind schedule, Transurban announced to shareholders (February 11, 2021). More…

Practice and courts

Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Project Stream – Round Five
The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects that deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. The projects can either be the construction of new infrastructure or the upgrading or expansion of an existing infrastructure. The Infrastructure Projects Stream only supports investment-ready projects. Closing date: March 5th, 2021. More …



Karam Group Pty Ltd v Earthmoving Contractors Pty Ltd & Ors [2021] QSC 10

EQUITY – EQUAL REMEDIES – DIFFERENCES – INTERLOCUTORY INJUNCTIONS – RELEVANT CONSIDERATIONS – when the applicant requests an injunction restricting the enforcement of a decision on the decision; if the applicant proposes to pay an amount of a court ruling that includes the amount paid for the subcontractor’s fees; if the applicant requests a restraint order to file a decision on the decision on the decision – whether an injunction should be issued; whether there is a prima facie case; whether the applicant is entitled to the final relief requested; whether the balance of convenience favors the execution of the intermediate orders. Law on the fairness of the construction industry (payment security) 2017 Qld; Construction Industry Payments Act of 2004 Qld.

Meechan v Savco Earth Moving Pty Ltd. [2021] QDC 14

TORTS – NEGLIGENCE – GENERAL – where the plaintiff was hired by the defendant’s subcontractor – where the plaintiff fell from the back of a truck after being hit by the boom of an excavator, injuring the right elbow and shoulder – where the excavator fell from one Unlicensed employees of operated was the subcontractor – where the plaintiff admits to having thrown a weighted object at the excavator driver – where the plaintiff claims not to have ensured the integrity of the excavator on site, to have not ensured that the Excavator was operated exclusively by experienced and licensed operators and the keys were not isolated the excavator – where it is a question of a quantum – whether the defendant has violated his duty of care – whether a violation by the defendant caused the damage to the plaintiff.

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