News bulletin 30:
News bulletin 30: 6 Aug 2019

The NSW Government has appointed a Building Commissioner a part of the implementation of "the biggest overhaul to building laws in the state's history".

Infrastructure Australia is seeking submissions for the next update of the Infrastructure Priority List to be published in February 2020 and invites non-government bodies to identify infrastructure problems and opportunities of national significance.

A new Concrete Melbourne Map is available which highlights unique and influential examples of concrete and brutalist buildings in the Victorian capital. A map of Sydney is also available.

CEMEX has supplied 34,000 cubic meters of concrete for the construction of Mexico’s new Puente La Unidad bridge spanning 3.2 km on the Gulf of Mexico.

The 180-year-old Toddbrook Reservoir at Whaley Bridge in the UK (pictured) continues to pose a threat as engineers scramble to shore up the dam wall and reduce the reservoir's water level. PM Boris Johnson has promised a major rebuild of the dam.

Researchers from Brunel University London have devised a new concrete mix that absorbs 64% less water and 90% less salt than normal concrete, whilst being up to 42% stronger. It is anticipated the new mix could lead to pavements better withstanding the Northern Hemisphere winter.

Image: Toddbrook Reservoir, UK. Source: Reuters via BBC News.