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FACILITY PERSPECTIVES | VOLUME 10 NUMBER 2
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ideaction.2016 is here from 5–8 June 2016
At this year’s national FM Conference & Exhibition, experts from
across a range of specialist areas will be presenting on issues of
currency to the industry. There will be panel discussions and debates,
and topical keynote speakers and site visits are included in an exciting
conference program that also offers quality learning and networking
Join us at ideaction.2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition
Centre as we welcome facilities managers from around the country – and
the world – to Australia’s leading FM convention and exhibition.
For all the information you need about ideaction.2016, and to
register, visit www.ideaction2016.com.au.
FM Industry Awards for Excellence nominations now open
Every year, the FM Industry Awards for Excellence celebrate
the many achievements of the individuals and organisations that
contribute to the ongoing success of Australian facilities management.
Presented by the Facility Management Association of Australia,
the Awards recognise the very best in innovation and leadership in
the management, operation and maintenance of Australia’s built
environment across 11 categories, while also showcasing a line-up of
some of the country’s top entertainers.
Award nominations are now open until Monday 1 August
2016, and anyone who is part of the FM industry is invited
to nominate. Join us in supporting your colleagues and your
industry – to register your interest in nominating, or to book
for the Awards Gala Dinner, go to www.fma.com.au/fm-
Government takes new approach to clean and renewable
energy innovation in Australia
The Australian Government is establishing a $1 billion Clean Energy
Innovation Fund to support emerging technologies in making the leap
from demonstration to commercial deployment.
The Clean Energy Innovation Fund will be jointly managed
by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), drawing on their
complementary experience and expertise. It will provide both debt
and equity for clean energy projects.
The refocused agencies will work together to provide capital
investment in Australian businesses and emerging clean energy
For a fact sheet, go to www.environment.gov.au/minister/
Governments are in denial about population growth and
its impact on Australia’s major cities. It’s time to take up
Some time over the next three months, Sydney’s population will
reach five million. If Melbourne keeps growing at its current pace, by
2020 it, too, will have five million residents – and it won’t stay that
size for long.
New figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in
April estimate that just in the five years to mid-2015, the number of
people living in Melbourne grew by more than 10 per cent. That’s
like adding the entire population of Canberra and Queanbeyan to
Melbourne in just five years.
If our big cities keep growing at the same pace as they have in
the past five years – Melbourne by two per cent per year, Sydney
by 1.6 per cent – by 2050, Melbourne will have nine million people,
and Sydney almost 8.5 million. Even if Melbourne’s growth slowed
to something like Sydney’s pace, over the next 50 years both cities
would add roughly one million more people per decade.
They’re not alone. In the past decade, Perth has added almost half
a million people, although its growth slowed sharply in 2014–15.
Brisbane’s growth has been subdued in recent years, but by 2050,
on reasonable projections, both cities will be about the size that
Melbourne and Sydney are now.
The numbers are quite breathtaking; yet, they don’t explain what’s
really going on, or the consequences for us now – let alone in the
To read more about population growth, go to
The Centre for Defence Industry Capability
In March 2016, Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP;
Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne; and Minister
for Industry, Innovation and Science the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP,
announced that the new Centre for Defence Industry Capability
(CDIC) will be headquartered in Adelaide.
The headquarters will both foster and drive innovation in the defence
industry right across Australia, and open up export opportunities.
A key initiative of the 2016 Defence White Paper, the CDIC
will bring together the private sector, Defence and AusIndustry to
transform the relationship between Defence and industry and help
deliver the cutting-edge capability that our armed forces require.
This is a 10-year, $230 million investment that will create more
jobs and drive growth in Adelaide and across the country.
To find out more about the CDIC, visit www.business.gov.au/
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