News bulletin 29:
News bulletin 29: 21 Jul 2020

A review is being undertaken of NSW's current infrastructure funding framework. Feedback can be submitted on how the current system could be improved on the NSW Productivity Commissioner's Issues Paper by 5 August 2020. Separately, the NSW Government has also launched a Planning Reform Action Plan to slash the times taken for rezoning and DA decisions. 

Civil Mining and Construction (CMC) has just commenced construction on the $12.5 million 260-metre-long 21-metre-high concrete bridge at Riverslea in Queensland, which is expected to create up to 25 jobs. It is part of the $352 million Rookwood Weir project on the Fitzroy River; progress on the weir project can be seen here.

The first project to be approved under the NSW Governments third tranche of projects under the Planning System Acceleration Program has received development approval. Lendlease will construct a $1.2 billion 42-storey tower above the future Victoria Cross metro station.

Europe's largest 3D gantry printer has been used to print an entire two-level house out of concrete (pictured). A one-minute time-lapse video is available to watch.

Northrop Engineering has announced the appointment of five new principals (owners). Beca Group has a new Chief People & Culture Officer in New Zealand. Norman Disney & Young (NDY) have confirmed its new Global Sustainability Director who will have a focus on their high-performance buildings group. NDY will soon publish its 2030 Environmental Social Governance Framework and intends to be carbon neutral by the end of this year.

Aurecon has produced a short podcast titled 'Will engineers be the rockstars of the future?' in which the company's chief exec for Australia and NZ speaks with Trish White from Engineers Australia. The 19 minute podcast can be listened to here.