Construction projects on the rise, report says

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Construction industry research firm CoreLogic has released its January Cordell Construction Monthly report, which identifies the major construction projects across the nation.

The report showed 1,645 new projects in the pipeline in January, which brings the three months to January 6.2 percent higher than the previous quarter. CoreLogic says the data suggests a slow but steady upward trend in the number of new applications.

The report identified the following key projects in each state:

New South Wales

  • Minister for Corrective Services David Elliot has announced that the proposed expansion of the Emu Plains Correctional Centre will no longer proceed, due to community concerns and flooding risk.
  • High-end residential developer Aqualand has diversified into suburban house and land development following the acquisition of a 12.5ha parcel of land with development approval in place in Baulkham Hills from the Sisters of St Joseph Convent.
  • Tenders have been called for principal architect for a multi-purpose cruise terminal facility at the Port of Newcastle.

Australian Capital Territory

  • A significant development site in Forrest, on the corner of Canberra Avenue and State Circle, is to be auctioned in March.
  • The Owen, Lyneham and De Burgh public housing site in Lyneham’s Northbourne Ave is out to tender for future development.


  • As a part of the $600 million Mernda Rail extension project, the Victorian Government has announced a third station on the new rail line to Mernda.
  • The ancient indigenous site Budj Bim, located in south-west Victoria, has been nominated for the World Heritage Tentative List
  • Seymour Whyte Constructions was awarded the contract for the Swan Street Bridge project by the state government in January, with construction to begin after the Moomba Festival in March.


  • Expressions of interest have been invited for a managing contractor for Townsville’s North Queensland Stadium.
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council has been the first Queensland council to adopt a wood encouragement policy to boost the development of the local timber industry.
  • Early works have commenced on the Queens Wharf Redevelopment project, worth over $3 billion.


  • A development application has been submitted to increase tourism in the Stanley area.

South Australia

  • A number of metropolitan schools are currently in the process of planning future development or are already undergoing construction. Lend Lease has been awarded the $100 million contract to build the Adelaide New CBD School, a high school which will feature state-of-the-art STEM labs and host up to 1,250 students.
  • The Primary Pit Building and Hotel, located at The Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend, has commenced construction. The $20 million development, being built by Romaldi Constructions, is expected to be completed by early 2018.
  • Sarah Constructions has been awarded a contract for the Minda Redevelopment, Packages A and B, for 68 retirement units, 51 accommodation apartments and 18 houses facing Retpon Rd.

Northern Territory

  • Project development and concept design services are needed to identify future infrastructure requirements. The infrastructure is intended to provide improved road access to Alice Springs through Heavitree Gap for commuters, travellers, and freight providers.

Western Australia

  • Georgiou Group has been awarded a $51 million contract to transform the Scarborough foreshore.
  • A new Open Range Zoo worth $5 million has been proposed for Lower Chittering.


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