Victorian Government to boost building and development during COVID-19

Victorian Government to boost building and development during COVID-19

The Victorian government has announced it will established a taskforce “to help keep the state’s building and development industry running through the coronavirus crisis.” The Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce will be overseen by planning and housing minister Richard Wynne and treasurer Tim Pallas. Leadlease senior executive Roger Teale, chair of the Victorian Planning Authority Jude…

$24.5 million COVID-19 support package for WA construction apprentices

$24.5 million COVID-19 support package for WA construction apprentices

The Western Australian Government has announced a $24.5 million support package for workers in the building and construction industry to assist them through the COVID-19 pandemic. The package, which will provide immediate relief to construction apprentices and trainees, and their employers, aims to maintain a skilled workforce throughout the crisis. The package includes $10 million…

NSW government may buy up spare housing in $500 million stimulus plan

NSW government may buy up spare housing in $500 million stimulus plan

The Berejiklian government is considering a $500 million property spending spree, snapping up unsold apartments and fast-tracking construction as part of its coronavirus economic recovery plan. A cabinet briefing paper, prepared by the government’s Land and Housing Corporation, says a “housing-focused stimulus package” would accelerate development and boost employment in NSW. The paper, which is…

LOUISE AZZOPARDI

LOUISE AZZOPARDI

Just to introduce myself, I am a Heavy Vehicle and Plant Mechanic Trainer and Assessor at Westrac NSW/ACT. I started my work journey at 15 when I started my Heavy Vehicle apprenticeship, which I completed when I was 19. I loved being hands on and being able to have the satisfaction of repairing a truck,…

When Crisis Strikes, Lead With Humanity

WHEN CRISIS STRIKES, LEAD WITH HUMANITY

The writer George Saunders has a fitting analogy for the current Covid-19 moment: We’ve slipped on ice but haven’t hit the pavement yet. We’re caught in a suspended state between losing control and feeling the full impact. The comparison points to a paradoxical tension that leaders must manage: providing direction, guidance, and reassurance while acknowledging…

Attracting a new generation of construction workers

ATTRACTING A NEW GENERATION OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS: HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN OFFER A COMPETITIVE EDGE

Even in times of uncertainty, demands on the construction industry continue to grow. Though technology plays a crucial role in that development, the industry will always require people. As machines become more intelligent and projects become more complex, the industry will need to ensure it has the necessary workforce in place to meet demand. This…