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July Newsletter.


Here we are in a new financial year. Busy times and Canberra booming!

With a new financial year, comes many new changes. One of those being myself. The call of the beach and coast has become too much, so Sandy and I are relocating to the south coast and this will be my last newsletter. With that I would like to thank everyone for their support, from the Clients and Contractors, to the Suppliers, and of course the great team I have had the privilege of working with. I wish you all the best in the future.

OOROO & all the best,

Raz’s Favourite Social Media 😂



ACT population rapidly growing
ABS demographic statistics show the Australian population was up by 1.6% in 2018, reaching 25,180,200 people. The ACT's equal second-highest 1.8% growth rate saw it reach 423,800 people. More

Canberra property holds its value
ABS data shows capital city residential property prices down by 3.0% in the March quarter, Sydney declining the fastest (-3.9%); Canberra home prices fell only 0.9% in the quarter, and were second-best with no change over the year. More

ACT labour market still strong
The latest Vacancy Report shows job vacancies fell by 0.7% in May, down by 5.7% over the year. The ACT was equal first and second respectively in monthly (+0.3%) and annual (+6.3%) vacancy growth. More

2019 Budget Overview

ACT Budget 2019-20 Key Points

  • Total ACT Government expenditure for 2019-20 is $6.2b, up by $108.6m since the 2018-19 Budget Review.

  • Total ACT Government revenue for 2019-20 is forecast to be $5.9b, up by $38.1m.

  • The Budget contains a total of $469.9m in new expense initiatives over four years.

  • The Budget contains a total of $787.2m in new infrastructure and capital initiatives over four years.

  • The Budget will now be in deficit by $89m this year, and is expected to return to surplus ($135m) in 2021-22.

Economic Context

  • The global economy is expected to slow from 3.6% growth in 2018 to 3.3% this year, rising to 3.6% in 2020.

  • The Australian economy is growing below its long-term trend rate, currently at 2.25%, but is forecast to rise to 2.75% in 2019-20 and 2020-21, thereafter achieving growth at the trend rate of around 3%.

  • The ACT economy is expected to grow by 4.25% in 2018-19, but will average a more moderate growth rate of between 3%-3.5% each year looking forward.

  • The ACT’s inflation rate will rise slightly from 2% this year to 2.5% by 2022-23.

  • Wage growth in the ACT will accelerate, up from 2.25% in 2018-19 to 3.25% by 2021-22.

  • After rising by over 2% in 2017-18 and 2018-19, population growth in the ACT is expected to be steady at around 1.75% each year to 2022-23.

  • Employment growth will pick up pace from this year’s expected 1% outcome to 1.5% in 2019-20, then remain at a forecast 1.75% through to 2022-23.

Budget Highlights

Budget initiatives impacting on businesses in the ACT include:

Business Development & Support

  • $2m per year for increasing building inspections to improve the quality of constructions.

  • $4.7m invested over four years in the CBR Innovation Network to boost business innovation.

  • $11.9m over four years to provide general business support.

Transport & Infrastructure

  • $2.4m in 2020-21 for planning Stage 2 of the Capital Metro Light Rail network from Civic to Woden.

  • $4.8m to improve the ACT’s planning capability.


  • $290,000 in 2019-20 for the Home of Football at Throsby.

  • $1.8m to deliver the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in 2020.

  • $5m over four years to fund the City Renewal Authority’s efforts to renew the city centre.

Taxes & Levies

  • From 1 July 2019, land taxes will continue to increase as other forms of taxes such as Stamp Duty fall; Rates will rise by 7% on average for houses and 11% for units in 2019-20.

  • A change to the way in which commercial rates are calculated has also been flagged.

  • From 1 July 2019 a Waste Levy will be applied on the disposal of waste.

  • Motor vehicle registrations will rise by $15 this year as part of a new Motor Accident Injuries Scheme; parking fees will increase by 2.5%; and driver’s license fees will be indexed to the Wage Price Index.

  • An estimated $800,000 increase in the revenue poker machine venues are required to pay.

Health, Education & Community Services

A total of $1b in new and upgraded health infrastructure over the next five years, including:

  • Over $500m on a new Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency (SPIRE) Centre to be completed by 2023-24.

  • $70m to expand the Centenary Hospital for Women & Children.

  • $8m for a new Walk-in Centre at Dickson.

  • $70m over four years to create digital health records.

  • $12m over four years to implement the next phase of the ACT Climate Change Strategy

  • $34.3m over four years to boost policing in the ACT.

New Standards Videos

New online Wiring Rules Web Series. Hear what industry experts have to say about the changes, updates and additions to the Wiring Rules.

The Wiring Rules Web Series, is not just about discussing the changes and updates from the previous edition but it's also where industry experts will be answering questions from users of these standards.

Episode 2: Wiring Rules Web Series, Episode 3: Focus on safety.

Find the Episode Here

Sparky’s Corner
Producing efficient next-gen solar cells 

Phospherene, a nanomaterial made from phosphorus, could help create more sustainable and efficient next-generation perovskite solar cells (PSCs), researchers suggest.


Led by Professor Joseph Shapter from the University of Queensland (UQ), an international team of researchers has developed thin phosphorene nanosheets for low-temperature PSCs using the rapid shear stress of Flinders University’s vortex fluidic device (VFD).

Professor of Clean Technology Colin Raston, Dr Kasturi Vimalanathan and Dr Gibson from the Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology are part of the team looking to improve solar cell efficiency with alternative and improved solar cell materials and processing systems.

“Silicon is currently the standard for rooftop solar and other solar panels, but they take a lot of energy to produce. They are not as sustainable as these newer options,” said adjunct Prof. Shapter. “Phosphorene is an exciting material because it is a good conductor that will absorb visible light. In the past, most nonmetallic materials would have one property but not both.”

“We’ve found [an] exciting new way to convert exfoliated black phosphorus into phosphorene, which can help produce more efficient and also potentially cheaper solar cells,” Gibson said.

“Our latest experiments have improved the potential of phosphene in solar cells, showing an extra efficiency of 2–3% in electricity production.”

Research into the large-scale production of high-quality 2D phosphorene — along with other future materials such as graphene — is underway to explore efficient and sustainable production with the use of the VFD, near-infrared laser light pulses and even an industrial-scale microwave oven. The work with phosphorene is exploring the addition of different atoms to the matrix, which has generated promising results in catalysis, particularly in the area of water splitting to produce hydrogen and oxygen.

With the ability to artificially produce perovskite structures, and once production of the PSCs can be successfully upscaled, commercial viability is closer to being realised. Meanwhile, global research continues to investigate how to improve and optimise perovskite cell performance.

The findings were published in the journal Small Methods.

Ten Fun Facts
  1. Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.

  2. There’s an opera house on the U.S.– Canada border where the stage is in one country and half the audience is in another.

  3. The harder you concentrate on falling asleep, the less likely to fall asleep.

  4. You can’t hum while holding your nose closed.

  5. Women have twice as many pain receptors on their body than men. But a much higher pain tolerance.

  6. There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.

  7. For every human on Earth there are 1.6 million ants.

  8. The total weight of all those ants, however, is about the same as all the humans.

  9. On Jupiter and Saturn it rains diamonds.

  10. Banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories. 😂

Arby's is making vegetables out of meat


In a time full of vegan meat like the Impossible Burger, Arby's is taking a different, more unsettling route. The American fast-food giant has unveiled the "marrot," a carrot made of meat.

According to Arby's, the marrot, which won't be available to customers just yet, provides 70% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A.

"Plant-based meats are the latest incarnation of making vegetables look like what Americans really want -- which is great, tasty meat," said Jim Taylor, head of marketing at Arby's.

"Universally, people know we're supposed to eat vegetables every day. But 90 percent of Americans don't eat the recommended amount. So we said if others can make meat out of vegetables, why can't we make vegetables out of meat?"

Arby's megetables are made mostly of meat -- the marrot is turkey breast cut into the shape of a carrot, cooked sous vide for an hour, rolled in "carrot marinade" and maple syrup powder and then oven roasted for another hour. The green part on top is the only "green" part of this vegetable, which is a parsley garnish.

May Construction Index info here.

Supplier Price Change Notifications

The following suppliers have announced upcoming price updates. If you have any queries relating to these price updates don’t hesitate to contact your local POPES branch manager for assistance.

  • EzyStrut                                         01st July 2019

  • B&R                                               01st July 2019

  • MEelec                                          01st July 2019

  • Sunny Lighting                              01st August 2019

  • ACT 2018 Recommended RDO Calendar and Public Holidays click here. NSW here

  • Security Exhibition & Conference 24th - 26th July 2019 | Sydney

  • Integrate Exhibition & Conference 27th - 29th August 2019 | Melbourne

  • The National Roads & Traffic Expo 17th - 18th September 2019 | Melbourne

  • IESANZ Conference 21st - 22nd November | Melbourne

  • It's only 6 months till christmas!!! 😉

“Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
- Bruce Lee.

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