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The Regional Australia Institute issued 'Lighting Up our Great Small Cities: Challenging Misconceptions'. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute's Leonie Pearson said the report shows that regional cities generate national economic growth and jobs at the same rate as big metropolitan cities. [Full Text]

Westpac and the Melbourne Institute announced that the Leading Index of Economic Activity is pointing to a clear slowing in momentum over the next three to nine months. [Full Text]

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors issued 'Australian Night Time Economy 2009 to 2015'. [Full Text]

AHURI released a report on the contribution of housing policy mechanisms to economic productivity and growth. [Full Text]

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research published the Australian Economic Review for June, including six articles on homelessness. [Full Text]

Staff from RMIT University discussed housing policy, the distribution of housing as an asset and its impacts on productivity, in an article. [Full Text]

Knight Frank announced that Australia has risen from 37th to 20th position in a global index of house prices during the 6 months to March, with an annual growth rate of 7.7 per cent. [Full Text]

Residential property values are increasing faster than outstanding debt, according to CoreLogic. [Full Text]

Work done on residential construction fell unexpectedly during the March quarter, according to the Reserve Bank Board. [Full Text]

A Joint Parliamentary Committee released a report on Commonwealth infrastructure spending. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council said the report has clearly underscored the important role that Infrastructure Australia plays in guiding responsible infrastructure investment decisions. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association called for a Commonwealth-funded local government community infrastructure program of $300 million per annum for four years. [Full Text]

UNSW City Futures discussed approaches to urban planning for health-supportive environments, in an article. [Full Text]

The UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures issued a report on cohousing for seniors. [Full Text]

The Supply Chain Sustainability School published the results of a survey about sustainability knowledge in construction and infrastructure supply chains. [Full Text]

Local Government Professionals Australia announced that Queensland councils have joined SA, NSW and WA councils in participating in the Australasian Local Government Performance Excellence Program. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor discussed the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program in an address to the Local Government National Assembly. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Taylor launched a website that summarises the Productivity Commission's recent report on data availability and use. [Full Text]

Sensis released the results of its annual survey of social media use among consumers and businesses. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Library published a guide to the new $350 million Public Service Modernisation Fund. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley delivered the NSW Budget Reply. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a summary of the NSW Budget Reply. [Full Text]

The NSW Liberals said the Leader of the Opposition made no mention of how he would fund any of his spending pledges. [Full Text]

An interactive map of the NSW Budget is online. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Constance announced $62 million for new walking and cycling projects in NSW. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Foley made a commitment to build a metro line from Parramatta to Sydney's CBD. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Foley called for a joint Commonwealth-State authority to co-ordinate infrastructure provision for employment zones surrounding the Western Sydney Airport. [Full Text]

The $2.8 billion contract to construct tunnels under Sydney Harbour for the Sydney Metro rail project has been awarded to the John Holland CPB Contractors Ghella Joint Venture. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts released a revised Urban Renewal Strategy for the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor. [Full Text]

A fact sheet for the revised Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy is online. [Full Text]

A map of the revised Corridor Strategy is online. [Full Text]

A video of the revised Corridor Strategy is online. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute commented on the recently announced NSW Government housing affordability package. [Full Text]

The Property Council released the results of a survey of Sydney residents on housing affordability. [Full Text]

The Tenants' Union issued the results of a survey of share house residents in NSW. [Full Text]

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore announced that Council voted to endorse new projects to significantly grow the number of affordable rental housing units in the City. [Full Text]

Randwick City Council issued a report on the outcomes of incentives for developers to build affordable housing. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW issued an updated analysis of the NSW Budget for the local government sector. [Full Text]

The NSW Council of Social Service issued 'Turning off the Lights: The Cost of Living in NSW, June 2017'. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts approved the construction of a solar farm in Balranald which he said has the capacity to become the largest in the southern hemisphere. [Full Text]

IPART announced its decision to double the solar feed-in tariff benchmark for NSW. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced the board membership of the ACT's new City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency. [Full Text]

The Canberra Business Chamber made a submission on the proposed route and design for Stage 2 for the ACT light rail network. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute expressed concern about a proposed mechanism for the Queensland Government to 'call-in' a project for an urban design review. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government issued a series of regional announcements about its $1.8 billion Housing Strategy. [Full Text]

Acting Premier Jackie Trad said the investment of over $220 million in Brisbane heralded the most significant social housing construction program in a decade. [Full Text]

The Queensland Council of Social Service issued 'Choice and Control? The experiences of renters in the energy market'. [Full Text]

The UDIA issued its pre-election priorities document for Queensland. [Full Text]

The UDIA issued a summary of the Queensland Budget relevant to the development industry. [Full Text]

The Institute of Landscape Architects announced the winners of the Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards. [Full Text]

The Victorian Auditor-General issued a report on the management of public housing in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government issued 'Social housing supply requirements to 2036', as part of its Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce. [Full Text]

Minister Natalie Hutchins invited Melbourne's outer suburban councils to apply to the Growing Suburbs community infrastructure fund. [Full Text]

The Victorian Auditor-General issued a follow-up to three recent reports, including on the effectiveness of support for local government. [Full Text]

The Victorian Auditor-General also issued a report on whether Victoria's road network is being effectively and efficiently maintained. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced that a new system for Domestic Building Insurance will commence from July 1. [Full Text]

Mayor Robert Doyle released Melbourne's 3D Development Activity Model. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne introduced the Yarra River Protection Bill to the Victorian Parliament. [Full Text]

The Victorian Opposition released an interim report of the Victorian Population Policy Taskforce. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne issued 'Draft Startup Action Plan 2017-21'. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute will host the symposium, 'Doing it Differently: Rethinking Planning', on 13 October. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis released the SA Budget. [Full Text]

The SA Government's Budget Overview is online. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a summary of the SA Budget. [Full Text]

The UDIA said the Budget had some positives but also included some big concerns. [Full Text]

Adelaide Mayor Martin Haese welcomed a housing finance package aimed at stimulating residential population growth and improving housing affordability in the City. [Full Text]

Shelter SA said it welcomed the targets outlined for social housing in the next financial year. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis outlined the key infrastructure items in the SA Budget. [Full Text]

Mayor Haese said the SA Government has 'missed the bus' by failing to fund key transport projects. [Full Text]

Premier Jay Weatherill launched Australia's first locally designed, engineered and manufactured electric bus to be used on a public transport system. [Full Text]

The SA Government announced a $40 million participatory budgeting initiative. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association of SA issued a summary and response to the Budget. [Full Text]

Premier Weatherill released the South Australian Multiple Land Use Framework. [Full Text]