News bulletin-18:
News bulletin-18: 8 May 2018

The April Performance of Construction Index has been released, revealing an expansion for the 15th consecutive month with a slight easing in growth momentum from March. Commercial construction was the strongest performer while engineering construction expanded at a slower rate.
A $3.8 billion development 3 km from Perth’s CBD is set to go ahead seven years after the plan for the proposal at Belmont Park was first unveiled.
Victoria’s Government has opened an Expression of Interest process (closes 21 May) to identify local contractors to tender for the $47.8 million Ballarat GovHub that will revitalise the Civic Hall site. The project is part of the biggest infrastructure investment ever for the city, with more than $500 million worth of projects underway.

Carbicrete is a Canadian-based start-up that has developed a method of making concrete without cement. Its creators say that not only does the process avoid cement emissions, but the chemical reaction involved consumes carbon dioxide, further reducing the net carbon impact of the process.

The Northern Territory Government is promising $1.45 billion investment in infrastructure in the 2018 Budget. $626.4 million will be distributed for roads, while other funding will go to hospitals, schools, community infrastructure and aerodrome works.

Western Australia is also planning major infrastructure projects with $3.2 billion of the 2018-19 Commonwealth Budget to facilitate $5.4 billion in infrastructure development including roads, hospitals, rail and the Myalup-Wellington Dam project.

Austroads has released a report on proposed future directions for long-term pavement performance (LTPP) studies in Australasia based on the results of a 2017 survey.

Image: Illustration of proposed Belmont Park development. Source: Hassell