The hollow promise of construction-led jobs and growth
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The threat of a loss of jobs in the the industries that support construction reveals the problem in relying on building to sustain the economy, writes… Sally Weller, Australian Catholic University Any downturn in the construction industry could trigger job losses to a range of sectors that support the building industry, such as planning, project…

What construction jobs will look like when robots can build things
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A scenario analysis of the construction industry in 2036 paints an interesting picture for workers, writes… George Quezada, Data61 By 2034/35, almost 20% of Australians (6.2 million) are projected to be aged 65 or over. One sector already feeling the impact of the ageing population is construction. In Queensland, the number of construction workers aged…

Developers winning the battle with the NIMBYs?
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NIMBYism – what is it, and what causes it? NIMBYism refers to a situation where residents oppose new development because it is too near to them, or due to a perceived negative impact of the local area. It needn’t relate only to residential development, and it can also be targeted against commercial or industrial developments,…

The construction projects that broke the bank [INFOGRAPHIC]
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We’re in the middle of  a property and construction boom at present, buoyed by strong population growth and low interest rates. I hope the developers of today learn some lessons from the mistakes of others in the past. Before the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 there seemed to be  one common goal  in construction projects…

Construction boom in the bag
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Low interest rates have had their intended effect on the housing market and have ensured that Australia will undergo its greatest ever residential construction boom. The ABS released its Building Approvals figures for the month of May 2015 yesterday, which revealed another huge result with a total of 19,414 dwelling units approved. This was the third highest…

What works better for property - bonus or bribe?
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Tomorrow I will be 47 – statistically past my half-life.  I have been in the property game since the late 1980s.  I am experiencing my fifth property cycle.  I have heard some trash in my time, but the recent bleepings about new housing starts just about take the ‘birthday’ cake. It goes something like this…

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