News bulletin 02
News bulletin 02 22 Jan 2019

Changes to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (Qld), introduced under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 (Qld) mean engineers can be held liable for non-conforming building products, according to lawyers.

Infrastructure Australia has appointed a new CEO following the departure of Philip Davies in 2018. The new chief executive will not begin her new role until April 2019, however, there is an acting CEO in place.

Melbourne's two-year-old Tanderrum Bridge (pictured) has been recognised by the American Institute of Architects' New York Chapter with an urban design award, the latest of many accolades for the bridge made from a flat steel girder structure encased in concrete and wrapped in a 'filigree' skin.

n Sydney, the Concord Road Bridge has been completed and forms part of the Concord Interchange in the WestConnex project, which will soon open along with the new M4 tunnels.

The Tasmanian Government is planning to deliver a $400 million investment in stormwater and sewerage infrastructure in Launceston. Part of TasWater's 10-Year Infrastructure Plan is to spend $320 million by 2025-6.

The NSW Government has ear-marked almost $470 million for regional infrastructure projects through a new contribution scheme paid for by developers. The Hunter Region Special Infrastructure Contribution draft is open to the community.

Read about some of the latest materials in concrete research, including cost-effective engineered cementitious composites; fire-safe affordable lightweight cladding; curved concrete shells using an industrial knitting machine; and wooden nanoparticles to boost concrete's strength.