|December 2007||News Article|
Sprinkler exemption gives lawns a break
Sprinklers can be used once a week until 27 January 2008, under a general exemption announced by the ACTEW Corporation (17 December 2007).
Householders warned of food poisoning
The summer barbecue could ruin the Christmas holidays without sensible precautions, according to the Australian General Practice Network.
Housing affordability program set
The supply of affordable housing is expected to increase following the new Federal Government's first Council of Australian Government.
Dispute over ACT water priorities
Householders with lawns and ActewAGL are in dispute with Greens, environmentalists and householders who have replaced their lawns.
Real estate and hotel industries in letting brawl
The real-estate and hotels industries are in dispute over holiday letting in NSW coastal towns.
ACT booms while nation falters
The number of dwelling commencements in the ACT grew by 8.2 per cent in the year to the end of September, according to figures released today (17 December 2007).
Complaints over neighbours breaching privacy rise
Complaints about prying neighbours rose from 781 last year to 1267 in 2006-07, according to the NSW Community Justice Centres, which receive the complaints.
More affordable housing in pipeline, Govt says
Land for about 750 dwellings at Casey 1 Estate was sold at auction today (12 December 2007) for $51.5 million and 15 per cent of theblocks are reserved for affordable housing.
Home lending takes a plunge
Figures for the three months to the end of October released today (10 December 2007) show a weaking housing market even before the impact of the November interest rate rise.
Easier unit titling before Assembly
It will be easier to get unit titling under legislation introduced today (6 Dec 07).
Reserve blames Howard tax promise for Nov rate rise
The Reserve Bank blamed the Howard Government’s tax-cut promise today (5 December 2007) for the November interest-rate rise.
Canberra has highest rents and best returns
Canberra has the highest rents in Australia and the best return on money for investors in housing, according to a survey made public today (5 December 2007).
Rate rises bite as fewer borrow
Lending for housing and other purposes has risen by its slowest rate in almost a year, according to figures made public today (3 November 2007).
Why house prices keep going up
Population growth driven by immigration, skills shortages in the construction sector, land release issues, and investor preference for other asset classes are causing house prices to go up, according to the president of the Real Estate...