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December 2004 News Article
30 December Housing markets boom – in some places
The Australian housing market may have cooled in 2004, but some countries have enjoyed major booms.
30 December Transport idea for inner-city dwellers
Melbourne developer Doug MacLatchy is proposing to provide owners in new apartment blocks a solution to traffic problems.
24 December $1.26m for new construction industry training centre
The Construction Industry Training and Employment Association (CITEA) has signed a deed of grant with the ACT for $1.26 million towards a $2.63 million Construction Industry Skill Centre, the Minister for Education and Training, Katy Gallagher,...
22 December Costello adds to fear of interest rate rise
Wage demands could result in the Reserve Bank being forced to increase interest rates, according to Treasurer Peter Costello, it was reported today (Dec 22).
22 December New homes and extensions must have grey water provision
All new homes and extensions must be ready for grey water recycling from January 1.
22 December Dwelling sales now 22.8 per cent of the economy
Dwelling sales representing $180 billion or 22.8 per cent of GDP in 2003-4, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia 2003 - 04 edition of Australian Property Market Indicators, released today (Dec 22).
21 December New guidelines for residential grey water use
New guidelines for the use of grey water have been released.
17 December House prices levelling, not collapsing: research
House prices are stabilising, according to CommSec Quantitative Research, it was reported today (Dec 17).
16 December New dwelling starts fall 5.8 per cent
Dwelling starts fell 5.8 per cent in the September quarter, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today (dec 16).
15 December Property taxes spur market collapse
The exit tax imposed by NSW has added to the slide in the NSW property market.
15 December $500 subsidy to households for energy measures
ACT residents can get a $500 subsidy for energy-efficiency spending under a $1.2m program launched today (Dec 15) by ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope.
13 December Signs of hope for first home buyers
Housing affordability improved in the September quarter to its best level in a year, up 3.8 per cent, according to figures released today (Dec 13).
13 December ACT Govt starts another planning review
A second wave of reform to the Land Act and the Territory Plan has begun, ACT Planning Minister Simon Corbell said today (13 dec).
11 December Record price for unit in Canberra expected
This would be a Canberra record for a unit.
10 December Lending for housing continues to fall
Demand among Australia's property investors continues to fall, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today (Dec 10).
9 December Renovators are busy, according to the HIA
Renovators are busy, according the Housing Industry Association’s quarterly Renovations Monitor released today (Dec 9).
8 December Move to stop dangers at home
A new standard for internal windows is part of work done by the ACT Office of Fair Trading to minimise dangers from everyday household items.
8 December Interest rates now steady for a year
Interest rates will stay unchanged, the Reserve Bank announced today (Dec 8 6).
3 December ABS statistics show ACT highest average incomes
The Australian Bureau of Statistics released today (Dec 3) survey results showing the average income in the ACT is the highest of all the states and territories.
2 December Report fails the housing industry: HIA
The Housing Industry Association said today (Dec 2) that the Productivity Commission’s report into the reform of building industry regulation did not go far enough.
2 December ACT house prices rise in September quarter
Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today (Dec 2) show that house prices in Canberra rose slightly in the September quarter.
1 December Building regulation reform report welcomed
The Australian Building Codes Board and the Master Builders’ Association have welcomed the release today (Dec 1) of the Productivity Commission’s report Reform of building regulation.