Sally Dominguez

Sally Dominguez who hails from the land of OZ is a sustainable architect who made her mark on the ABC’s New Inventors before heading off to bigger fields snaring multiple awards and accolades as “adventurer, journalist and educator”.

She’s now a promoter of “adventurous thinking” which she’s advocated for the Shenzhen government among others, her website says. Dominguez’s latest gig is in Innovation Strategy & Design at Singularity University.

You might remember our mention of Singularity University when we interviewed Vivek Wadhwa in 2015 and he told us why fossil fuels would lose the energy race. Turns out he was right. But check out the SU website: it’s the place that educates future leaders about… the future.

At Frasers Property the changes keep coming. The latest is the appointment of former Lendlease development general counsel Michael Peters joining the team’s investment committee.

Chief executive officer of Frasers Property Rod Fehring Australia, said Mr Peters’ extensive commercial expertise working on major projects such as the London Olympics development, Sydney Olympics developments at Newington and Homebush, Barangaroo and Circular Quay.

Skills shortage might be a problem for government stimulus

There might be a skills shortage thanks to the infrastructure boom but according to the Reserve Bank of Australia the federal government ought to prepare to pump up the economy anyway… through more infrastructure spending.

It’s a good time to do so, governor Philip Lowe recently told The SMH. “Governments here and around the world should have their top drawers full of really good ideas that are shovel-ready in case growth slows.”

Especially with low interest rates and what he claims is “still considerable spare capacity in the labour market.” Well, it depends where and what kind of skills you are talking about.

And he does admit you need certain skills for certain jobs.

The AFR this week ran a piece on labour shortages quoting outfits such as AECOM saying it had more than 40 roles of offer on rail related projects alone.

And John Holland chief executive Joe Barr also saying it was a challenge to fill demand. To cope, it’s piloting programs to access any “untapped pools of employees”, such as through its Pathways program that “gives qualified engineers from marginalised backgrounds – refugees, people from displaced industries, skilled migrants – a foot in the door to the industry.”

Capping it off was RLB last month raising its tender price forecasts, just six months after the last set, the report said.

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