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  • New Zealand December Building Permits Climb 2.3%

    NEW ZEALAND, 2016/01/29 The total number of building permits issued in New Zealand advanced a seasonally adjusted 2.3 % on month in December, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday - standing at 2,538. That follows the upwardly revised 2.4 % increase in November (originally 1.8 %). The actual price of building work consented in December was NZ$1.6 billion. Residential work was up NZ$184 million (22 % on year) to NZ$1.0 billion. Non-residential work was up NZ$124 million (29 %) to NZ$555 million. Individually, consents were issued for 1,661 houses, 427 apartments, 291 townhouses and 159 retirement village units.
  • Australia announces construction of new icebreaker and more funds for Antarctic research

    AUSTRALIA, 2015/11/09 Upon its commissioning, planned for October 2019, the custom-built ship will be home ported in Hobart, providing a modern platform for marine science research in both sea ice and open water and a moon pool for launching and retrieving remotely operated vehicles. A multi-beam bathymetric echo sounder will enable seafloor mapping, while portable and flexible science laboratories will offer scientists space to conduct research. The Australian government has provided the initial look at Australia's new icebreaker, a ship it says will offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. The new icebreaker will be faster (maximum speed of 16 knots, cruising speed of 12 knots), larger (156 meters long, with capacity to carry 96 containers), stronger (1.65-meter icebreaking capacity) and offer increased endurance compared with the Aurora Australis which has been in service in the Southern Ocean since 1989.
  • Australia airport to expand

    AUSTRALIA, 2014/02/08 The expansion of Adelaide Airport in Australia (AAL) will add approximately 20,000 square meters of space to the southern apron, creating additional parking for an additional four aircraft. AAL Managing Director, Mark Young, said the expansion was in response to recent and estimate increases in the number of flights, particularly international services, landing at Adelaide Airport. Work will begin this month in the southwest section of Terminal 1. “The southern apron expansion will largely cater for aircraft that are ‘laying over’ for a longer period of time between arrivals and departures. Moving these aircraft to the southern apron, once passengers have disembarked, again frees up additional space at the terminal gates for other in-bound aircraft,” Mr. Young said.
  • Survey urges new strategies to address rapid urbanization

    EUROPE, 2013/07/04 A UN survey released on Tuesday in Geneva, says without fresh ideas to address rapid urbanization, the number of people living in slums lacking access to basic infrastructure and services such as sanitation, electricity and health care may skyrocket from one billion at present to three billion by 2050. The warning was contained in the UN World Economic and Social Survey 2013, which focuses this year on sustainable development and the challenges facing its economic, social and environmental dimensions. According to the survey, the vision of promoting economic and social well-being while protecting the environment had not been completed due to rising inequality, gaps and shortfalls in development partnerships, rapid people increase, climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Australia Construction Downturn Eases Slightly

    AUSTRALIA, 2012/12/11 The decline in Australia construction sector activity eased marginally in November, according to the new statement released by the Australian Industry Group (AiG) and the Housing Industry Association (HIA) on Friday. The seasonally adjusted Performance of Construction Index rose to 37 in November from 35.8 in October. An index reading below 50, nonetheless, points to contraction in the sector.
  • Australia Construction Sector Contracts For 28th Month 2012-10-07

    AUSTRALIA, 2012/10/07 Australia's construction industry fell further into contraction in September, according to survey results released Friday by the Australia Industry Group and the Housing Industry Association. The group's Performance of Construction Index fell by 1.3 points to 30.9. Readings below 50 indicate contraction in the sector. AIG said the construction sector contraction was at its sharpest rate in a full year.