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May 2003 News Article
31 May Archicentre sounds off over sex
People buying off the plan or buying older residences have been warned their most intimate moments could become public if soundproofing in the building is not adequate.
30 May Biggest house fire risk is from within: NRMA
Despite common perceptions that bushfire is the biggest fire threat to homes, NRMA Insurance claims research reveals that the majority of fire claims result from fires that have started from within the home.
28 May ACT Government pushes ahead with development changes
The ACT Government has rejected calls by an Assembly committee to scrap its controversial Variation 200 development rules.
26 May Better water efficiency sought
The ACT should have new water-efficiency measures, the ACT Opposition said today (May 25).
22 May $30m development for Gungahlin Town Centre
Aldi announced today (May 22) that it will be part of a $30 million development creating 400 construction and retail jobs in the Gungahlin Town Centre.
21 May Inner north residents’ views sought
Residents of Watson, Downer and Hackett have been invited to give their views on how their suburbs should develop.
20 May Rush to settle properties looms
The ACT Government’s new rates system is likely to cause a big rush to settle properties before June 30 – the cut-off date for lower rates.
17 May Dispute over membership of planning body
Planning Minister Simon Corbell has come under fire from the housing a property industry over his appointments to the new Planning and Land Council.
15 May Tenant laughed out of court
A decision by the Residential Tenancies Tribunal to give tenants rent relief because they could not get their large double bed up the stairs has been overturned by the ACT Supreme Court.
13 May Renovations boom in ACT and nationally
Australia is undergoing a boom in home renovation.
13 May Lending for new housing still high
Lending to households wishing to build a new home has jumped 4.7 per cent in March 2003, confirming that the heat in the housing market will add to economic growth for most of this year, according...
12 May 9000 new housing blocks in five years
The ACT Government will release 9000 new housing blocks in the next five years under its new five-year land strategy.
9 May Interest rate changes unlikely: Reserve
An interest rate change – either reduction or increase – is unlikely, according to the reasoning in the latest Reserve Bank statement on monetary policy.
7 May 11th month of steady rates
The Reserve Bank announced today (May 7) that at its May monthly board meeting, it decided to hold the cash rate at 4.75 per cent – the retail rate which home-buyers pay is about 2 percentage...
6 May Property hit in Budget
Property owners are to be hit with increased rates to pay for bushfire recovery.
5 May Nationwide trend in construction down
The trend for building of dwellings continues to fall, according to Bureau of Statistics figures released today (May5).
3 May Higgins shops to get an $850,000 facelift
Higgins shops is to get an $850,000 facelift.
3 May MLAs get 3.3 per cent increase
Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly will get a 3.3 per cent increase to a base salary of $84,448 a year from July 1.
3 May ACT building shows no sign of slump
Building activity in the ACT is increasing, according to Australian Bureau of Statistic figures released yesterday (May 2). But construction of units appears to have faltered.
1 May Melbourne property prices lift 3.6 per cent
The March quarter median house price in Melbourne is now at $347,000 -- up 3.6 per cent on the previous quarter, and a 9.6 per cent growth rate for the period March 2002 to March 2003.