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The Centre of Excellence for Local Government released 'Walking with Communities - Local Government and Community Responses to Local Area Renewal'. [Full Text]

The UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance issued 'How local governments can increase the social and economic participation of people with disability: A place-based framework for success'. [Full Text]

Deakin University called for responses to a survey on the application and evaluation of universal design in built environments. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum issued 'The Future of Mobility'. [Full Text]

The report shows that despite nearly 40 per cent of Australians thinking public transport is getting better, they are still 'wedded to their wheels, according to the Tourism and Transport Forum. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher discussed 'Public Transport and the Effective Functioning of Cities' in a speech. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Antony Albanese discussed public transport, value capture and corridor protection, in a speech to the Railway Association's Rail Freight Conference. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia called for submissions on the 2018 Infrastructure Priority List update. [Full Text]

UNSW City Futures published an interactive map of cycling trips in capital cities using data from the Bicycle Network. [Full Text]

Bankwest issued its annual Housing Density Report. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney, Consult Australia and the Green Building Council will appear at a public hearing in Sydney tomorrow for the inquiry into the Government's role in the development of cities. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney's Dallas Rogers and Professor Nicole Gurran discussed Airbnb and its impact on cities (audio). [Full Text]

AHURI said that Census data shows a continuing fall in the proportion of Australian households who live in social housing. [Full Text]

HSBC published a state-by-state summary of recent changes to stamp duty for residential properties. [Full Text]

The Melbourne Institute issued 'Monthly Bulletin of Economic Trends: Households and Housing - August 2017'. [Full Text]

The Building Codes Board issued a public comment draft of an amendment to the National Construction Code containing changes relating to fire safety in high rise buildings. [Full Text]

Staff from Griffith University discussed the planning considerations required for the transition to renewable energy in cities. [Full Text]

Standards Australia issued a statement on the future development of onsite battery storage standards. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney launched its new Policy Lab, including a project on 'rewilding' areas within a city environment. [Full Text]

The City of London released its draft Environment Strategy. [Full Text]

Minister Fiona Nash announced that the Regional Development Australia network will be refocused to attract investment and jobs to regions. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The report from a Senate inquiry into the general insurance industry has been tabled. [Full Text]

The Insurance Council said the report has supported its call for the Federal Government to invest at least $200 million a year in natural disaster mitigation and resilience measures. [Full Text]

An inquiry into the digital delivery of government services has been established. [Full Text]

The PM issued 'Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism'. [Full Text]

The Designing Healthy Liveable Cities conference will be held in Melbourne from 19 October. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts launched 'Better Placed' - the first state-wide urban design policy for NSW. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts said the policy will assist everyone involved from the design phase through to DAs. [Full Text]

The Institute of Architects said the policy is a significant achievement by the Government Architect NSW. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said that this is more than just building design; it is encompassing the importance of amenity and sustainability in the built environment. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts issued a gateway determination for a proposal on Government land at Peat Island and Mooney Mooney on the NSW Central Coast. [Full Text]

The Audit Office of NSW issued a report on the Office of Strategic Lands. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney announced that Bridge Housing will receive $100,000 to establish a new real estate agency for affordable rental housing. [Full Text]

Minister John Barilaro said the Growing Local Economies Fund will invest $500 million to deliver infrastructure in regional NSW. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley criticised the announcement. [Full Text]

An Environmental Impact Statement for the WestConnex M4-M5 Link is on exhibition. [Full Text]

Ministers Stuart Ayres and Paul Fletcher welcomed the release of the WestConnex M4-M5 Link EIS. [Full Text]

The Greens criticised the WestConnex M4-M5 Link EIS. [Full Text]

Transport for NSW released the final Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Regulation. [Full Text]

Minister Melinda Pavey announced that legislation to allow the trial of automated vehicles has passed NSW Parliament. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced that the ACT Government and UNSW Canberra will develop a memorandum of understanding for a new campus in Canberra's city east precinct. [Full Text]

The ACT Government issued its response to the recommendations of the Select Committee on Estimates, including a recommendation to increase the land development program. [Full Text]

The NT Government released a fly-through concept video for the Darwin City Deal. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the video sets out how Darwin's CBD could be revitalised into a cooler, more pedestrian-friendly city centre, linking the Waterfront to Cullen Bay. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the announcement endorses the NT Government's CBD revitalisation strategy and record budget spend. [Full Text]

Minister Nicole Manison announced that the NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics has been directed to increase resourcing for audit and compliance. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network said that Melbourne might have scored 97.5 out of 100 for liveability but it is still being crippled by congestion. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor discussed the Townsville City Deal in an article. [Full Text]

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk marked the 25 anniversary of the $85 billion Greater Springfield Development and said it is the fasted growing community in Queensland. [Full Text]

The UDIA published a series of fact sheets on demographic and housing characteristics of regions in Queensland, based on Census data. [Full Text]

The UDIA published a fact sheet on infrastructure charges in Brisbane. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland released a business confidence survey report. [Full Text]

The City of Adelaide launched an economic insights dashboard, including a section on property. [Full Text]