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Earthquake shakes up risk complacency

The partial collapse of a building front in Melbourne and shaking felt in several states following the Victorian earthquake is a warning against complacency about a risk for which Australians are generally unprepared. Australia is not seismically active compared to New Zealand, Japan and the US West Coast, but the destructive 1989 Newcastle earthquake was … Read more

Engineer investigated over Sydney apartment ‘structural issues’ in NSW first

An engineer overseeing the construction of a major urban hub being built in Sydney is under investigation over “structural issues” in a previous project. Engineers Australia, the industry’s peak professional body, is probing Anthony Hasham after receiving a complaint from NSW building commissioner David Chandler in May. It’s the first time NSW’s construction watchdog — which … Read more

Australia has a new National Construction Code, but it’s still not good enough

After a three-year cycle of industry comment, review and revision, May 1 marks the adoption of a new National Construction Code (NCC). Overseen by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), the code is the nation’s defining operational document of building regulatory provisions, standards and performance levels. Its mission statement is to provide the minimum necessary requirements for safety and health, amenity, … Read more

Melbourne’s 307 suburbs ranked for liveability

City of Melbourne[edit] Carlton 3053 Carlton South Carlton North 3054 (Shared with City of Yarra) Docklands 3008 East Melbourne 3002 Jolimont (the name of the railway station) Flemington 3031 (Shared with City of Moonee Valley) Kensington 3031 Melbourne 3000 (Central business district) Melbourne 3004 (St Kilda Road area, shared with City of Port Phillip) North Melbourne 3051 (Shared with City of Moonee Valley) Hotham Hill Macaulay (the name of the railway station) … Read more