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TRANSPORT / ECONOMICS

A report on the economic benefits of public transport was released by the Tourism and Transport Forum. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum said the debate over public transport funding is no longer ideological, it is economic. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the report calls for all levels of government to invest in public transport. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

The recently announced Global Infrastructure Hub for Sydney will position it as a strategic global city in the development of the international market for infrastructure investment, according to the Sydney Business Chamber. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INTERNATIONAL

KPMG issued the results of a survey of Chinese investors in Australia, including in regard to real estate investment. [Full Text]

RETIREMENT LIVING

PwC and the Property Council announced a research partnership on the future of the retirement living sector. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL / TRANSPORT / TOURISM / DESIGN

Premier Mike Baird and Minister Pru Goward officially opened the Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said that in order to succeed the precinct requires not only great design principles but also an integrated transport plan. [Full Text]

The visitor economy must be central to discussions at the Bays Precinct Summit, according to the Tourism and Transport Forum. [Full Text]

The Institute of Landscape Architects said the Bays Precinct should be about public life. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Gabrielle Upton released a discussion paper on future directions for social housing in NSW. [Full Text]

The discussion paper is based on the pillars of opportunity and pathways for client independence, fairness and sustainability, according to Minister Upton. [Full Text]

Expressions of Interest are being sought for the Social Housing component of the Premier's Innovation Initiative. [Full Text]

The Housing NSW Rent and Sales Report for the June and September quarters is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RETIREMENT LIVING / ACCESSIBILITY

A survey report on the affordability, suitability and liveability of housing for older people in NSW was released by the Council on the Ageing. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The NSW Opposition moved for the tabling of documents in Parliament relating to the Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Rob Stokes announced a reform package for coastal management in NSW. [Full Text]

'A Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Coastal Adaptation' was issued by the Sydney Coastal Councils Group. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TOURISM / RECREATION

A $350 million redevelopment of Sydney's ANZ Stadium has been announced, including a new hospitality precinct. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum said the redevelopment would give Sydney and NSW a venue to rival any stadium in the world. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Duncan Gay issued a comparison of the NSW Government's funding for roads and bridges maintenance with that of the previous Government. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT / ECONOMICS

Minister Simon Corbell said the Tourism and Transport Forum report on public transport and economic activity supports the argument in the ACT Capital Metro stage one business case. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING

A proposed amendment to the NT Planning Scheme to include the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan is online. [Full Text]

Minister Peter Chandler said the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan will guide the future development of the Greater Darwin region for decades to come. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / GENERAL

Premier Denis Napthine announced a policy to establish a database of CCTV systems, to be known as Safer Streets Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT

The Victorian Opposition announced a policy to establish a $100 million Safer Cyclists and Pedestrians Fund. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The City of Melbourne announced it has formed a group of local government and industry organisations to trial the joint procurement of renewable energy. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

The report from a citizens' jury on safer sharing of roads between motorists and cyclists has been released by the SA Government. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Proposed amendments to WA's local planning regulations were released by Minister John Day. [Full Text]

The Property Council welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The UDIA said the new regulations introduce far more consistency between councils and introduce a risk based approach to local scheme amendments. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / SUSTAINABILITY

The report from an industry workshop on building a sustainable Western Australia is online. [Full Text]