News bulletin 36:
News bulletin 36: 17 Sep 2019

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) have launched a guide to explain how to integrate the Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool for buildings, and Infrastructure Sustainability Design & As Built ratings tool for infrastructure, on urban development projects.

The governor of the Reserve Bank, Philip Lowe, has called for a major spending program on infrastructure including rail, bridges and roads across Australia. His views are in direct opposition to the views of PM Scott Morrison.

The WA Government has released its greenhouse gas emissions policy for major projects assessed by the EPA. The policy will guide decision-making on these projects and forms a wider climate policy being developed by the state.

Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at Monash University, Colin Caprani, says old and deteriorated bridges in Australia are no different to elsewhere around the world and could be at risk of collapse and need to be maintained and kept up-to-date.

More than a year on since the CSIRO spent $15 million developing detailed blueprints for new dams and other water infrastructure in QLD, NT and WA, none have demonstrated any real interest in making it happen, The Australian has reported. Federal Water Minister David Littleproud has also lashed out at state governments for doing "three-fifths of bugger all" to build dams, according to Channel 9 News.

Did you know the government organised a world-wide competition in 1900 for the design of a bridge to span Sydney's harbour? After successive competitions, with more than 70 designs proposed, all were rejected but the one we all know - from British firm Dorman Long, which won the contract in 1924. Take a look at six of the dismissed entries that include a cantilevered design made of concrete, one with an extra crossing to Balmain, and another with multiple arches.