How short-term rentals are making Sydney's housing crisis worse

The removal of the equivalent of nine World Towers' worth of properties pushes up house prices, land prices and rental prices. Photo: Fiona-Lee Quimby

The removal of the equivalent of nine World Towers' worth of properties pushes up house prices, land prices and rental prices. Photo: Fiona-Lee Quimby

Our vertical villages of tomorrow demand we get the settings right today. Sydney is increasingly a high-rise city, but in the face of modern challenges the laws governing these vertical villages are in desperate need of an update.

With population projections showing NSW will be home to to 9.9 million people by 2036, and 70 per cent of newly approved dwellings estimated to be apartments, we are continuing to grow up at rapid rates.  

Australia joins international nuclear power research group

ANSTO will play a part in developing future nuclear energy technology. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

ANSTO will play a part in developing future nuclear energy technology. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Australia has officially joined an international group focused on developing future nuclear energy systems.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has been welcomed into the Generation IV International Forum Framework agreement,  which aims to develop next-generation nuclear power systems, and which ANSTO calls "a potential game-changer in global energy creation".

Birth Breakthrough

ABC TV news  |  Friday 15 September 2017

Australia has one of the highest rates of stillbirth in the Western world with six babies stillborn every day. Victoria Bowring from the Stillbirth Foundation said this is high for a high income earning country. An Australian researcher has made a major breakthrough in understanding why some babies die in the womb.

Synchrotron raises $80m for expansion, needs $34m more

The Australian  |  Wednesday 13 September 2017

Daniel Hausermann, principal scientist, imaging and medical beamline at The Australian Synchrotron in Clayton. Picture: David Geraghty

Daniel Hausermann, principal scientist, imaging and medical beamline at The Australian Synchrotron in Clayton. Picture: David Geraghty

The queue to use Australia’s synchrotron may get a bit shorter and scientists will no longer have to go overseas for some projects.

The Melbourne-based facility, which reveals the mysteries of matter with its intensely bright beamlines and offers myriad applications for science and industry, has raised $80.2 million for a long-needed expansion.

“We’re very oversubscribed on the existing 10 beamlines,” said synchrotron director Andrew Peele, professor of physics at La Trobe University.

“And over time, the types of techniques that you employ at a facility like the synchrotron evolve, and so there are capability gaps where researchers in Australia are having to go overseas.

“So what we’re doing with this expansion is alleviating demand and plugging capability gaps.”

Warring clans accused of spending too much on litigation in NLC battle

The Australian  |  Friday 15 September 2017

Leaders of the Rirritjinga Aboriginal Corporation, Bakamumu, Witiyana and Wanyubi Marika.

Leaders of the Rirritjinga Aboriginal Corporation, Bakamumu, Witiyana and Wanyubi Marika.

A multimillion-dollar feud involving the powerful Northern Land Council and warring Aboriginal clans shows no sign of abating even though the High Court today refused to hear an important case about disputed traditional ownership rights and mining royalties.

All sides have already expended vast sums on legal fees, and criticism is mounting that key Aboriginal leaders may be neglecting the interests of their impoverished brethren by investing so much money in litigation.

The dispute also threatens township leasing plans intended to support economic development.

But influential members of the powerful Rirratjingu clan remain determined to reshape the way land rights laws operate, claiming the current model severely disadvantaged them in their lengthy battle with Galarrwuy Yunupingu’s rival Gumatj clan.

“The fight has just begun,” Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation Chairman, Bakamumu Marika said after hearing yesterday’s High Court decision.

Wearable pregnancy tracking device could prevent stillbirths

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Women could soon have a constant window into their pregnancy, with start-up company Bloomlife given the green light to develop a wearable baby-tracking device for expectant mothers.

The device, to be pushed along the production line with the help of the Stillbirth Foundation Australia and PWC’s Open Innovation Program, will track foetal movement and activity, as well as contractions using existing monitoring technology.

Combustible

Four Corners  |  Monday 4 September 2017

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Combustible: The dangerous legacy of failed regulation in the building industry.

"You shouldn't have a combustible product on the outside of a building of this type, so how has this been allowed to happen?" Fire officer

Across Australia, governments, councils and the building industry are grappling with a problem so large, it almost defies belief.

Do happy, healthy employees equal better brands?

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Have you ever stopped to think about what your digital footprint says about you? What story does the lineage of images, posts and conversations you’ve had over the years on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… the seemingly endless list of social channels most of us exist play on… how has our engagement on them shaped the way we are viewed by those who know us, those who don’t and some who may be looking to in the near future.

It’s no secret too that happy staff make for a better work environment, are more productive and are ultimately committed to the cause. And the flow on from that can often be even more powerful. The collective ‘story’ that your staff tell about your business is often the biggest determinant of brand sentiment in market. There is no more powerful brand advocate than those who work within the organisation day in and day out. They, willingly or not, are living and breathing representatives of your narrative… and to the earlier point, those stories are now playing out in so many ways and on so many different platforms. Imagine the reach if every one of your staff shared the business' inspiring story on every platform, every day!

Sydney inner city residents oppose Airbnb letting as 'full-time investment'

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More than 40 per cent of Sydney inner-city residents oppose short term rentals on Airbnb or Stayz as a full-time investment and believe strata should be able to ban short term rentals, a City of Sydney survey found, raising questions about the future of Airbnb rentals as an investment vehicle.

A survey of 1000 residents commissioned by the City of Sydney Council shows the majority of residents supported short-term letting on home sharing platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz if the host was living in the property or if the host was away on holidays.

Beam me up: Synchrotron secures $80m funding boost for 'important' research

The synchrotron's linear accelerator. Photo: Joe Amao

The synchrotron's linear accelerator. Photo: Joe Amao

It's as big as a football field, has the power of 10 giant microscopes and, thanks to extra funding to the tune of more than $80 million, will be able to continue its groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer treatment.

The Australian Synchrotron in Clayton will be expanded following an $80.2 million funding injection, which has come from a range of groups including governments and universities in Australia and New Zealand, and other institutes.

Kimba's Maree Barford new nuclear community liaison officer

NEW ROLE: Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson, community liaison officer Maree Barford and National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce general manager Bruce McCleary.

NEW ROLE: Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson, community liaison officer Maree Barford and National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce general manager Bruce McCleary.

A Kimba local has been given the job of liaising between the community and government on all things nuclear.

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce general manager Bruce McCleary announced on Thursday Maree Barford had been employed as community liaison officer – the first job created as a result of the community consultation on a potential National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba.

Nuclear Medicine Production

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One of the questions we are most frequently asked is about the production of nuclear medicine and how that’s linked to Australia’s radioactive waste.

To help explain how nuclear medicine is made, how it’s used, and how the radioactive waste by-products are managed, Dr Geoff Currie went behind the scenes at ANSTO and has put together this explainer video.

State government seeking feedback on regulation of short-term accommodation industry

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The state government wants to hear from apartment residents in Port Macquarie about the best way to manage party houses, amenity loss and safety concerns caused by short-stay operators.

The NSW Government’s Short-Term Holiday Letting Options Paper details a range of potential rules to regulate short-stay operators, including giving apartment owners the right to decide on if they’re allowed in their blocks.

Nuclear medicine production in Australia at risk if dump site can't be found, industry head says

Australia may have to stop producing nuclear medicine if it cannot find a central site to dump all of the radioactive rubbish made in the process in the next decade.

Radioactive waste is currently stored in about 100 different sites across Australia, including at universities, hospitals, government departments and the CSIRO.

‘It’s confronting’: Asher Keddie felt proud covering the sensitive topic of stillbirth on Offspring

Asher Keddie says last night’s episode was one of her favourites. Picture: Channel 10

Asher Keddie says last night’s episode was one of her favourites. Picture: Channel 10

AUSTRALIAN drama Offspring has been praised for it’s inclusion of a controversial stillbirth storyline in last night’s episode.

The Channel 10 show followed a tragic plot in which Asher Keddie’s Nina Proudman had to help first-time mother Shanti, played by Caroline Brazier, deliver a stillborn daughter. Only to discover that she herself was pregnant.

UPDATE: Residents ready to fight on if Woolworths adopts 'Plan B' on Taren Point supermarket

Mayor Carmelo Pesce and Miranda MP Eleni Petinos with residents fitghting the proposal.

Mayor Carmelo Pesce and Miranda MP Eleni Petinos with residents fitghting the proposal.

Residents will fight on if Woolworths refuses to take “no” for an answer when Sutherland Shire Council rejects the retail giant’s bid for a new supermarket at Taren Point.

The council’s Planning Committee has unanimously rejected the rezoning application and its recommendation will be rubber stamped at the full council meeting on August 21 (see below).