The Western Australian Government has reached agreement with BGC Construction on settlement of major contractual claims related to the design of the Perth Arena.

Treasurer Christian Porter said the long standing claims were directly related to a decision by the previous government to change the contract with BGC to make the State liable for design changes and at the same time also make major changes to the design, including the decision to move the arena car park to the basement during the middle of the tender process.

“Inexplicable and incompetent decisions taken by Labor at the time of tender to fundamentally change the contract to make the State liable for design changes and at the same time change the design of the car park have resulted in the State being exposed to significant design risk and now contract costs,” Mr Porter said.

The Western Australian Government will continue to work with the Oakajee Port and Rail (OPR) partners, despite the exclusive arrangement expiring on December 31, 2011.

Work has commenced at CS Energy’s $104.7 million Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project with Queensland firm FK Gardner and Sons Group (FKG) selected as the civil contractor for the project.

The Victorian Government has released a new manufacturing strategy which includes a number of initiatives to stimulate research and innovation in the manufacturing sector.

The ACT Government has called for qualified construction companies to tender for stage one of the Belconnen to City Transitway Project.

Construction product designer Hyssil has launched a new range of lightweight geopolymer building products.

The Federal Government has announced the opening of the  $164 million in competitiveness assistance advances under the Australian Government's Steel Transformation Plan (STP).

Energy company Chevron has invested more than $5.7 million to establish an endowment to support a Professorial Chair in Gas Process Engineering in perpetuity at The University of Western Australia.

The Federal Government has announced a new $249 million Industrial Transformation Research program and cadetship package.

Swinburne University of Technology has launched its $140 million advanced manufacturing teaching and research facility in Melbourne.

Consult Australia has held its annual Awards for Excellence  to recognise exceptional consulting projects delivered by Consult Australia member firms.

The Federal and NSW governments have co-signed an intergovernmental agreement that will see the construction of a $1.1 billion freight corridor, aimed at removing 200,000 trucks a year from the state’s roads.

The Western Australian Government has followed the Federal Government in granting conditional approval for Aquilla's iron ore project in the West Pilbara, in which the company  holds a 50 per cent interest in a joint venture with American Metals and coal International.

Sydney Airport has detailed a major upgrade to its existing facilities that will see the airport transformed into two airline alliance-based precincts integrating international, domestic and regional services under the same roof.

Consult Australia has launched its latest report, Tomorrow’s Cities Today, calling for ambitious governance reform to position city planning as a national priority.

The winners of the 2011 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards have been announced at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards dinner along with changes to the 2012 Awards. 

The Federal Government has published the country’s first urban design protocol. Aimed at improving the design of public spaces and city buildings, the plain-English protocol provides a checklist for decision makers and professionals involved in the area of public space design.

The Federal Government has announced the formation of a Senate inquiry into the growing demand for infrastructure delivery and shortage of appropriate engineering and trade related skills in the country.

The Australian Building and Construction Commissioner’s (ABCC) Sham Contracting Inquiry has published a major report into the state of affairs in the construction industry.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) has announced that major engineering works at the Scrivener Dam will commence in the new year.

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