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This has a permit

  Forget the public display, public health and aesthetic issues. Building Officials in Australia have a problem – what class of occupancy to award the structure – Public building Class 9? – Outbuilding Class 10? – Office (if the gentleman is reading his emails?) Class 5? Kim Lovegrove and Justin Cotton help us out here […]


DIY disasters cost homeowners $380m Homeowners may not be as handy as they think as new figures show Australians have spent an estimated $380 million repairing botched DIY jobs. The research conducted by Gumtree Australia revealed 75 percent of home owners have attempted their own project, with one in five resulting in a DIY disaster. […]

Wood fires

The humble wood fire may soon be subject to new national standards or even a buyback program, amid concerns that Australia’s 1 million fireplaces remain a major source of air pollution. A Council of Australian Government has put forward nine options to reduce particulate emissions from wood heaters, after finding most emissions were due to […]


First it was “can we allow Marysville to rebuild – because is clearly is a fire risk”. Now new housing projects on the city fringe are being delayed by red tape as a councils claims the State Government’s bushfire planning rules are unworkable. Developers say some councils are reluctant to issue permits for outer suburban […]

Backyard pools register

All swimming pools may soon need to be registered in Victoria as part of a plan to reduce backyard drowning. An online swimming pool register is in operation in New South Wales. Bill McArthur, president of the Municipal Association of Victoria, said it had been lobbying for a pool register for some time. He called […]

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